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Groups formed from past CW Members => Caranua => Topic started by: CWazyTom on March 03, 2018, 12:17:26 AM

Title: All About CaraNua
Post by: CWazyTom on March 03, 2018, 12:17:26 AM
Now that we finally have a forum with a dedicated CaraNua board, I figured I'd have a post to get everyone up to speed that isn't familiar with CaraNua yet.

CaraNua consists of Alex Sharpe, Lynn Hilary, and Edel Murphy. Alex and Lynn were former principal singers in Celtic Woman of course, and Edel was formerly in the Celtic Woman choir.

They all have outstanding voices and together they produce some of the most gorgeous, crystal clear harmony I have ever heard.

What does CaraNua mean?

'CaraNua' is Irish/Gaelic for 'New Friend'. The symbol from Newgrange for us represents three voices coming together as one, 3 lives, 3 generations. We also represent this by using three metals on the ornamentation on our dresses that mark significant passages in history; copper, bronze and iron. (Source: https://www.caranuamusic.com/single-post/2016/08/21/What-does-CaraNua-mean)

What is the CaraNua logo?

Our logo is an ancient Celtic design known as a 'Triskele' from the neolothic and mesolithic eras, found on stones in and around Newgrange, Co. Meath, here in Ireland. Newgrange is over 5,000 years old, dating back to before the pyramids in Egypt. To find out more about Newgrange, have a look at their website below; (Source: https://www.caranuamusic.com/single-post/2016/08/21/What-does-CaraNua-mean)


CaraNua started showing up on social media in July 2016.

Here's an early promo video / medley they did:

Initially, they were only doing corporate and private events (functions, weddings, parties, etc.).

CaraNua's public debut was at Connect16 in Ireland, on September 28, 2016. They performed:
- Dulaman
- The Parting Glass
- You Raise Me Up

Here's a link to their performance:

In April 2017, CaraNua recorded an album called Favorite Hymns with Jason Tonioli, which was released on Friday, November 17, 2017: https://tonioli.com/product/favorite-hymns-caranua-jason-tonioli/

The harmony and piano arrangements are outstanding!

On January 16, 2018, CaraNua performed their debut US concert, New Wings, with Jason Tonioli, at Weber State University in Utah. Those who were able to go were very impressed!

CaraNua recorded a second Favorite Hymns album with Jason while they were in Utah for the concert. The album is expected to release by the end of 2018.

Before they left Utah (it was a very productive trip), they recorded a cover of A Million Dreams, from The Greatest Showman. The cover was inspired by Evermore, a unique park under development in Utah. The video was a success, accumulating over 60,000 views in a matter of weeks and was subsequently released on iTunes. Here's the link to the video: https://youtu.be/bxae4qlTpg0

It is rumored (far from confirmed) CaraNua is considering doing a tour in the fall of 2018.

Official Links:

Website: https://www.caranuamusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caranua/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaraNua_music
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caranuamusic/
YouTube (CaraNua Music): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRGaPKTx7MDHzA1osrJCCRA

Fan Links:

Twitter: @CaraNuaFans (https://twitter.com/CaraNuaFans)   ... I operate this one  ;)

Facebook: CaraNua Fans and Friends (https://www.facebook.com/caranua.fans/)
Title: Re: All About CaraNua
Post by: GlenS on March 03, 2018, 05:34:50 PM
Here are some photos from there first concert
Title: Re: All About CaraNua
Post by: CWazyTom on March 06, 2018, 11:56:26 PM
There are quite a few concerts I regret not going to. Aside from Songs from the Heart, I think this one hurts the most. I really wish I had been able go see this one live. Next time...
Title: Re: All About CaraNua
Post by: Tracie on March 07, 2018, 08:15:14 AM
I would love to see CaraNua live someday too. Everything I've heard from them so far is outstanding! Their cover of A Million Dreams sent my jaw straight to the floor. I need to purchase that for my ipod still. Amazing!
Title: Re: All About CaraNua
Post by: CWazyTom on December 25, 2018, 09:33:15 PM
When CaraNua re-launched their site when they unveiled they were the Voices of Evermore, they also posted a revised explanation of their group name and logo:


​Our name CaraNua is Irish/Gaelic for 'New Friend'. The name embodies the formation of CaraNua as a new group of friends coming together from previous working relationships. The name is also highly representative of the relationships past, present and future that will be forged through the music between the growing ensemble, those they will work with professionally and the audience as they continue this new and exciting journey together.     
 “When you connect with a new song it becomes like a new friend.” (Lynn Hilary)                                                                                                         
The Triskele or Goddess Spiral featured in the logo is a pre-Celtic symbol found on the stones in and around the circa 5,000-year-old Neolithic burial tomb of Newgrange in Ireland.

The symbol has many representations based around the unity and power of three such as the worlds, past, present and future or The Otherworld, The Mortal World and the Celestial World and the elements of Air, Fire and Water.
It can often be seen represented in three different colours, gold, sliver and copper, as in the CaraNua Logo.

For CaraNua the symbol represents the harmony and strength of three voices coming together as one.

I love the last part!
Title: Re: All About CaraNua
Post by: CWazyTom on June 16, 2019, 01:14:04 PM
Alex mentioned that that their group name was originally going to be Cara, but they found an Irish music group that already used that name.

So Lynn suggested CaraNua and the motion carried.