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Sephira comprises of sisters Joyce & Ruth O’Leary. Their debut album Believe is a twelve-track offering - eleven original compositions and a version of David Gates If.
Irresistible melodies, powerfully emotive performances and heart rending vocals blend together to create a stunningly original sound.
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The Irish Times
WHO THE HELL ARE. . . //CD Reviews
Their name may sound like a make of car, but Sephira are actually a string-driven classical music duo from Kildare. Sephira's music is a blend of classical and contemporary, with just a slight pinch of Celtic mist. Their album, Believe, features their own compositions along with a cover of David Gates's If. When Sephira made their live debut at Dublin's Helix theatre they were so worried that no one would come that they rallied friends and family to their show. In the event, the concert sold out; it may not be rock'n'roll, but the punters plainly like it.
Buttons and bows: Sephira are violin- playing sisters Joyce and Ruth O'Leary from Celbridge. They are in their early 20s, but they've been playing music since they were chisellers. Three- year-old Joyce, envious that Ruth was getting all the attention for her violin playing, secretly learned a Beethoven minuet and performed it before astonished onlookers at the local community hall. Both sisters studied at the Celbridge School of Music, and won so many trophies in competition that the family had to consider getting a bigger mantlepiece. They went on to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Ruth attended London's Guildhall School of Music, but she insists that they're not classical "geeks". "That stereotypical image of the austere classical student is as far removed from our lives as you can get," she says.
They believe: Ruth and Joyce began working together on original compositions, but needed an extra ingredient to make the music flow. They were introduced to producer/ arranger Bill Shanley, who in turn introduced them to Clannad's manager Shane McDonnell. He signed them to a management and recording deal, and the trio recorded their album last autumn with Shanley at the controls.
The Evening Herald
-Sarah Mc Quaid
Believe (Cicero Records)
Sisters Joyce and Ruth O'Leary are ages 21,24 respectively - but they've each already managed to amass an impressive musical CV....When they play, the result is magnificent. It's an instrumental piece called 'Reflections', and it's a beautifully wistful track, with the violins weaving sinuous lines of counterpoint around the delicate piano.
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