Affinití - Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe April 2014
"Listening to Affinití for the first time is like reading Dubliners for the first time. It's like taking the DART to Dalkey, climbing Killiney Hill and looking south toward Bray Head for the first time. It's like standing on the black basalt columns on the Giant's Causeway, or walking the coral beach in Carraroe, or listening, for the first time, to a farmer play a tin whistle in Gus O'Connor's in Doolin. Ireland has always been reimagined by strong women, a mythical Kathleen ni Houlihan, a literary Pegeen Mike, a presidential Mary McAleese. And then, in a small, intimate venue in Boston, I heard, for the first time, Aisling Ennis plucking the harp, Mary McCague sawing the violin, and Emer Barry singing with the angels and I knew I was in the essence of Irish art, a classical and Celtic crossover, informed as much by the Chieftains as Chopin, as indebted to Mary Coughlan as Mary Black and Mary J. Blige, full of soul and sass and exquisite technique. A trio of Irish girls as comfortable in the conservatory as the pub, as conversant in Beethoven as Bono. Find them. Listen to them. Enjoy them."