The Screaming Orphans
“…unique in all the world. No one else can quite create their pop, rock and Gaelic-influenced songs.” – That Mag
The Screaming Orphans, an all-sister band from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, are one of the most sought after Celtic bands with a powerful, award-winning sound combining their own original melodic old-school pop songs with their unique and modern take on traditional Irish music and song, inherited from their family roots. From an early age, the Diver sisters performed with their mother Kathleen Fitzgerald (a well-known céilí singer in Ireland) and when they hit their teenage years, they formed their own Celtic pop/rock band, the Screaming Orphans, which led to a signing by Warner Music UK.
As the Screaming Orphans, the band first came to prominence when Sinéad O’Connor asked them to tour with her as her back up vocalists and opening act. The band are renowned for their trademark spine-tingling four part harmony which has led to many collaborations on recordings with artists such as Martin Furey, Baaba Maal, Afro Celt Sound System, Peter Gabriel and Joni Mitchell. The band continues to tour and play extensively across America and Europe.
The band was recently nominated by the Irish Music Awards for Best New Irish CD and have previously won the Top Celtic Rock band category.
As of this year, the band has released 12 albums of both original pop/rock and traditional Irish music. The Screaming Orphans split their time between New York City and Donegal.
Joan Diver – drums, vocals
Angela Diver – bass, violin, vocals
Gráinne Diver – guitar, vocals
Marie Thérèse Diver – keys, accordion, vocals
“Screaming Orphans are neither screaming (thank heavens) nor orphans. What they are is fun. And talented. And exciting to hear.” – 67 Music