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« on: June 23, 2018, 03:06:01 PM »

Margaret Keys is a classical-crossover soprano from Derry, Northern Ireland. She's been singing since she was four. She has a Masters in vocal performance from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire of Music and Drama. She's performed all over the world, including the US. She's performed with and for some pretty big names (including a performance for the Pope in 2015).

In terms of Celtic Woman, Margaret's voice reminds me most of Meav's. It is both powerful and beautiful.

She sings classical, Irish traditional, tunes from musicals ... she does it all!

"Key" items from her discography:

- Pure Classics (2003)
- Songs from the Musicals (~2006)
- Legato (2009)
- The Gift of Music (2018)

Legato is my favorite of her older albums.

Her new album, The Gift of Music released on June 22, 2018.
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2018, 03:09:30 PM »

I really liked her new album The Gift of Music!

I couldn't wait for her pre-order CD to arrive (especially since I've been waiting about a month for Chloë's EP to arrive already), so I listed to it on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3V87msbZPPHybupauTM8nE



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The orchestration is phenomenal and Margaret Keys, of course, sounds like a goddess.

I greatly enjoyed all the songs that are familiar to us as Celtic Woman fans, including:
- Ave Maria ... this is truly exceptional. What a voice!
- Carrickfergus
- When You Believe ... spectacular finish!
- Going Home
- The Last Rose of Summer
- Danny Boy

Margaret's versions of the above songs are legitimate contenders for my all-time favorite versions of each of those songs.

Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) and The Old Man are devastatingly beautiful. Tissues were needed for both songs.

This album is really good!  There's not much for me that can hold a candle to Celtic Woman, but this definitely holds its own against any of the solo works of our Celtic Woman ladies.  Now that this album is released, it can take its rightful place among my cherished favorites. <3


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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 05:51:10 PM »

I received my pre-ordered physical copy of The Gift of Music today!

I've got to say, of all the CDs I have in my collection, this one has one of the nicest album inserts and tray liners. All the photos look fantastic and have great color. The photos are a combination of ones that really pop and others that have a warm but soothing tone.

The insert booklet includes a very lovely thank you note. For me, an album insert doesn't often warrant the use of tissues, but this was one of those rare occasions. That note really tugs at the heartstrings.

I don't think we'll ever see Margaret Keys in Celtic Woman. She certainly has the voice, the personality, and the look for the part, but the tour schedule wouldn't suit her. Never say never though.

I love everything about this album to a degree that, for me, is almost exclusively reserved for Celtic Woman. It truly is a precious gift.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2018, 07:03:07 PM »

Surprise!

Margaret Keys released a Christmas album today, "A Winter's Tale."

Here's a preview of her lovely voice:
https://www.facebook.com/128132743883/videos/281286759187066/

Here's where you can buy the album once you hear her voice:
http://margaretkeys.co.uk/shop/

Here's the track list:

A Winter's Tale
The Most Wonderful Time of the year
Hallelujah
The First Noel
Mary's Boy Child
Feels Like Home
Silver Bells
White Christmas
Silent Night
If
Joy to the World
O Holy Night


I don't plug non-Celtic-Woman performers that often, but Margaret Keys is really special. She really would have been fantastic in Celtic Woman if she were into the touring life. She has the the look and certainly has the voice.
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