The Screaming Orphans are 4 sisters raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland. There is a great tradition of music to be found in Irish homes especially in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking areas which have produced the likes of Clannad, Altan and Enya. After playing at a St.Brigid’s day concert in Kildare with Sinead O’Connor, she asked them to be her back-up singers and open for her on her Gospel Oak Tour. They traveled across Europe, America and Canada, appearing on David Letterman and other TV shows with O’Connor and as a band in their own right.They also recorded with Peter Gabriel and were backing vocalists on the Joni Mitchell track “Magdalene Laundries” for the Chieftains “Tears of Stone” album.
Their CDs reflect Celtic roots, but cross many cultural boundaries. And if you’re wondering about their name… “A friend of Joan’s (Damien Granaghan) came up with it one night and we loved the name because we were going out on the road on our own and we were leaving behind our Mam who had been our lead singer for years and our Da who was our manager/sound engineer and so we became “orphans.” The “screaming” bit is what usually occurs when surrounded by family and we are known to hit certain high notes that could be interpreted as scream-like. That and our secondary school used to be an orphanage so there you have it.