April 5, 2009 at the Traveler Culture Festival, Fitzgerald & # 39; s Park, Cork:
Selina O & # 39; Leary – vocals; Ernestine Healy – concertina; Antonio Garcia Lopez – fiddle; Julie Tiernan – guitar; Ruairí O & # 39; Neill – low D-flute.
(the following statement from Selina comes from the Facebook page of the Irish Traveler movement on 8 March 2013 – International Women's Day)
My name is Selina O & # 39; Leary. I am 21 years old; I live in Tullow Co. Carlow. I can proudly say that I am a member of the traveling community. I come from a family of 12 – 9 sisters and 2 brothers. Music has always been a big part of my life. My grandfather and all my uncles were very good accordion players and all my aunts could sing. I started singing very young. I was brought up listening to people like Aretha Franklin, Dean Martin and Dolly Parton. I was not interested in modern music as such.
The very first time I ever sang in front of a large crowd was at my sister's wedding, and that was the beginning of all that led me to Carnegie Hall, New York, and Paris. I have been involved with Margaret Wouters at the music project at St. Catherine's Community Services Center in Carlow and have all the help and support I need to get where I am now.
I am inspired by many people, family, friends, musicians and singers, but the person who inspires me most in life is my mother. She has always encouraged me to continue my music. She has always believed in me and my talent. She never gave up on me and she has always been a great support to me and without her I would not be where I am today. I am very proud of what I have achieved. I have released a CD with the title "Thousands are Sailing" which has been very successful, I was on the Miriam O Callaghan show to promote that album. I have achieved much more than many other traveling girls. I had the privilege of traveling to America to perform in one of the biggest music venues in the world, Carnegie Hall with my aunt Elizabeth. I also had the opportunity to sing with Gypsy Kings, Eugene Gogol and Stephan Eicher with Goren Bregovic in Paris in January this year. I sing the main song in Goren & # 39; s album & # 39; Champagne for Gipsies & # 39; and a second number & # 39; On a Leash & # 39 ;. The album is now for sale in the UK and Ireland and I will be touring with him the coming year. I know that this is just the beginning for me and I have great support from all over the world. I hope to inspire other Traveler girls to follow their dreams. One of my favorite quotes is: "Do not let the fear of switching off prevent you from playing the game". .