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calendar / 2020-07-10 - Amy Rivard Song Release
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:22:55 PM »
Amy Rivard releasing a new single "In the Arms of Morpheus"

Amy Rivard / Wednesday Night Live
« on: June 17, 2020, 11:01:24 PM »
Next Wednesday (June 24th) at 7:30 PM EDT, Amy Rivard streams her first episode of Wednesday Night Live!

It will be an evening of music and comedy and for her first guest, Amy will be interviewing Anne Beatts, one of the original writers of SNL, creator of Square Pegs and more!

The stream will be on Amy's Facebook page!

calendar / 2020-07-24 - Orla album release: Lore
« on: June 16, 2020, 10:52:43 PM »
Orla's new album Lore releases.

Other Musicians / Ella Roberts
« on: June 12, 2020, 11:05:30 PM »
Ella Roberts is a singer from Australia, but with Celtic roots.

She was the lead choir member in the Celtic Heart DVD (which featured Lynn and Mairead Nesbitt).

She has quite a voice and her videos are great. Some of the arrangements are phenomenal!

Here's a sample of her stuff:

The Skye Boat Song

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond

The White Forest (from Tim Janis' Celtic Heart)
(Ella's the lead singer in this song. Her voice is so good, I thought it was Lynn until I saw the DVD)

If you like her music and want to buy to support her, some of her tracks are available from digial music platforms like iTunes, but her website is probably the best place to get the full set:


'Ella' (Digital EP) has 6 lovely tracks:
1. Errigal
2. Siúil a Rúin
3. Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
4. North Wind
5. Elluria's Lament
6. The Skye Boat Song

CW Musicians and Choir / Sarah Rebecca
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:12:45 PM »
Sarah Rebecca was in the Celtic Woman choir for a while as Sarah Gannon.

She recently released a lovely single called "Lost & Found."

Here's a nice little Q+A with her.



- Lost & Found (2020)
- Eglantine (2020)

Celtic Woman / The real Celtic Woman Anniversary
« on: June 09, 2020, 10:03:41 PM »
I've always treated the anniversary of Celtic Woman as September 15th, the day they recorded their first PBS special / DVD at the Helix in Dublin in 2004.

Celtic Woman Limited was set up after the DVD recording, on October 5th, 2004. Sources: [1][2]

But I was a little surprised today to hear a few times from Mairead Nesbitt that the actual Celtic Woman anniversary is June 9th. I knew they had recorded the album months prior to the DVD, but that far in advance, on the same day as the birthday of Chloë Agnew and David Downes? I haven't heard that before.

So far, I haven't found evidence to confirm or deny that June 9th is when Celtic Woman actually started. Can anyone confirm?

calendar / 2020-12-04 - Mairead Nesbitt (Carnegie Hall, New York)
« on: June 03, 2020, 06:09:42 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt

Friday, Dec 4th 2020
7:30 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

calendar / 2021-07-17 - Mairead Nesbitt (Rockport, MA)
« on: June 03, 2020, 06:06:19 PM »
Mairead Nesbitt

Saturday, July 17th, 2021
7:30 PM EDT

Rockport Music-Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA

calendar / 2020-07-17 - Mairead Nesbitt (Canton, MA) - TENTATIVE
« on: June 03, 2020, 06:04:30 PM »
TENTATIVE: This will either get confirmed or postponed soon.

Mairead Nesbitt
Jul 17th, 2020
Irish Cultural Center
Canton, MA

Rebecca Winckworth put together Citizens of Song with the belief of uniting people around the world through music and song.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citizensofsong/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/citizensofsong/
Livestreams: https://livestream.com/ucceventos/citizensofsong

Their inaugural concert was May 31, 2021, streamed from Ireland with a lineup of some of the country's finest musicians:

Here's a full replay of the concert (not sure how long it will be available):


Set List:


Cormac Crummey: Isolation Vol. 1

Act 1:

O'Neill Sisters: Red is the Rose
O'Neill Sisters: Dulaman

The Heneghan Sisters: Set of Reels
The Heneghan Sisters: The Tennessee Waltz

Edel Murphy and Ewan Cowley: Shenandoah

Laura Jo: As I Roved Out
Laura Jo: Bright Eyes

Nicola Kavanagh: Autumn Leaves

Danny Forde: Fire Inside
Danny Forde: Wise Men

Andy Dempsey: Walls
Emma Smyth: Emma's Waltz

Rebecca Winckworth: Song for Ireland
Rebecca Winckworth: When I See You Again

John McGlynn: If All She Has Is You

Gardiner Brothers: a short untitled tapdance


Rebecca Winckworth: Star of the County Down

Act 2:

Emmet Cahill: The Parting Glass
Emmet Cahill: Beautiful City

Ardú: Almost Sweet Music
Ardú: Carrickfergus

Chloë Agnew: Rainbow

Sarah Rebecca: Dreams

Simon Casey: Sarah

The Doyle Family: Nella Fantasia
The Doyle Family: The Coolin

Chloë Agnew: Nothing Compares

Andy Dempsey: Goodnight My Angel

The Violin Brothers: Danny Boy
The Violin Brothers: Cossacks Beyond Danube


Benedict Morris & Cormac Crummey: Velocity


The show got off to a bit of a sputtering start, with the video buffering for everyone every few seconds. After 10 minutes or so, they managed to get it fixed and restarted the concert. The stream was pretty smooth from that point on. There were some little skips or pops in the audio, but it didn't bother me too much.

The opening of the show was a montage of well-known places in Ireland (Newgrange, Kilkenny Castle, Newgrange, and Powerscourt among others).

After Rebecca's intro, The O'Neill Sisters were the first act. I finally got around to listening to them only recently. They have pretty nice voices and they have moments of very pleasant harmony. For some reason, their video seemed a lot more pixelated than most of the the others. It was the kind of effect you'd get from streaming over a poor internet connection, but this was pre-recorded. Maybe it was recorded at a different resolution and upscaled for the live stream.

The Heneghan Sisters (2 violinists and a harpist) were enjoyable to listen to.

Edel Murphy and Ewan Cowley were next. It was very special to hear Shenandoah performed by a voice as pure and flawless as Edel's and as perfectly suited instrumental backing as Ewan's. Edel/Ewan and Megan/Gavin/Meav had very different takes on the song. I enjoyed both.

Laura Jo really reminded me of Caitriona Frost. They both have similar hair and clothing styles, and have very similar accents. It sounds like they grew up in the same part of Ireland and I wonder if they might actually know each other.

Speaking of lookalikes, I couldn't help but think that Nicola Kavanagh looked very similar at times to Erin Hannon from The Office.

Rebecca did a nice job with Song for Ireland and her new song When I See You Again was pretty good as well (about being separated from loved ones during this ongoing period of lockdowns and physical distancing.

I've never heard of Ardú before, but I'll definitely need to check out more of their material. Almost Sweet Music was good, but Carrickfergus was outstanding! An excellent a cappella arrangement. The harmony was clear and well-designed.

Next came Chloë, singing of the Kacey Musgraves song "Rainbow Song." It's a beautiful slow song she recently covered on her Jane Darcy livestream. I hope she keeps this one in her set list.

Sarah Rebecca (Gannon) came right after that with the best cover of Dreams (The Cranberries) I've ever heard. Her voice and her use of vibrato are incredibly beautiful. I actually liked Sarah's cover better than the original song.

The Doyle Family is another group I'm going to need to start following. Their cover of Nella Fantasia on violin, piano, and cello was tear-inducing. For those who don't know, Chloë's Nella Fantasia was one of my life-changer songs and before The Parting Glass, it was my all-time favourite Celtic Woman song for a while, so it has a very special place in my heart. Their cover of The Coolin was also really pretty.

The streak of amazing songs continue, going right back to Chloë for Nothing Compares To You, one of my favourite covers from Reimagined. I like her cover much more than the original. I love the way Chloë feels the music and expresses that passion with every bit of herself.

That was followed by Andy Dempsey, who returned to perform Goodnight My Angel. Margaret Keys' version is still my favourite, followed by the Celtic Woman SftH / Lullaby version. But this was petty good too.

The Violin Brothers put a twist on Danny Boy. This song gets covered so much, it's hard to keep it interesting. For the final song of the show, The Violin Brothers performed a high-energy cover of Cossacks Beyond Danube. I thought it was a bit unusual to end an Irish-themed show with a song that isn't Irish, but with it's frantic pace, it served its purpose as a finale.

The closing credit song, Velocity, was an even more epic Irish-flavoured instrumental finale! I'll be adding Benedict Morris & Cormac Crummey to my list of artists to follow more closely.

From Rebecca's closing remarks, it sounds like they're planning to do themed shows for other countries as well. I definitely enjoyed this first show. That was powered in part by my general appreciation for Irish music and immense love for some of the performers in this show. But Rebecca and her team put on a fantastic show and I'd definitely want tune in to her next one!

Órlagh Fallon / Orla Fallon: Lore
« on: May 29, 2020, 11:33:42 AM »
It looks like Orla's new album will be called Lore.

The first single, Wild Mountain Thyme, is available to pre-save now for release on June 12th, 2020.

UPDATE: Album release is scheduled for July 24, 2020!


Amy Rivard / Cashmere
« on: May 24, 2020, 07:34:25 PM »
Cashmere is an album Amy Rivard released in 2007.

She ran out of physical copies a few years ago. It's still been available on SoundCloud, but I don't think she's officially released it on digital platforms before.

That's about to change.

Amy has announced she'll be releasing Cashmere on streaming and digital download platforms in a few weeks!

There might be more news coming soon, but that's all I can say for now. ;)

CW Musicians and Choir / Beginning: Glenn Murphy EP
« on: May 22, 2020, 08:14:56 PM »
Glenn Murphy announced that he'll be releasing an EP called Beginning.

Both Sides Now (a cover of the Joni Mitchell song), was released today. Glenn sounds fantastic. Ronan produced, arranged, mixed and managed the track and the backing instrumentals are the perfect complement to Glenn's voice.

Glenn Murphy Facebook post
May 22, 2020

You can listen to the track by following the link below:

Which songs from Lisa Kelly's solo album are your favorites?

Hayley Westenra / Which Hayley albums are your favorites?
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:47:34 PM »
Hayley's released a lot of albums (and a lot of good ones)! Which ones are your favorites and why?

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