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Megan Ruby Walsh / Megan's EP (2021)
« on: Today at 11:34:43 AM »
Megan has been teasing a new EP for a while and she announced today in her Instagram story that she's hoping to release it by the end of summer 2021!

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Megan Ruby Walsh / Megan on Patreon
« on: Today at 11:30:56 AM »
Megan announced today in her Instagram story that she'll be launching a Patron page within the next few weeks as part of the lead-up to her EP.

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Other Musicians / The Gothard Sisters: Dragonfly
« on: June 10, 2021, 07:59:37 PM »
The Gothard Sisters are 3 sisters from the midwestern United States who play contemporary Celtic folk music, play lots of instruments, sing, and tapdance!

We've posted about them a few times before on the forum, but over the past 15 months or so, they've managed to become one of my favourite groups!

I have all their albums and I've watched just about all their online shows since mid-March last year, accounting for 29 of the 278 online shows I've seen since I started keeping track in 2020.

Last week, they released a new album of all original songs called Dragonfly. It's immensely enjoyable from beginning to end. It's an exceptional blend of engaging rhythms, lovely lyrics, pleasant harmonies, beautiful melodies, and songs that are all really fun to listen to!

They've definitely been one of the bright spots over the past year and a half. Aside from Celtic Woman and former CW performers, The Gothard Sisters are one of the few groups I would actually travel to see.

Discography:

Christmas Violins (2006)
Christmas (2010)
Story Girl (2011)
Compass (2013)
Mountain Rose (2015)
Falling Snow (2016)
Midnight Sun (2018)
It's the Little Things: 10 Years (2019)
Dragonfly (2021)

Links:

Website: https://gothardsisters.com/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gothardsisters/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGothardSisters
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gothardsisters
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gothardsisters/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GothardSisters

Enjoy!

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calendar / 2021-12-04 - Tim Janis Christmas (guests TBA)
« on: June 09, 2021, 11:58:54 AM »
Saturday, Dec 4, 2021
8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perlman Stage
https://www.carnegiehall.org/calendar/2021/12/04/tim-janis-christmas-0800pm

Although guest artists haven't been announced yet, it's highly likely Mairead Nesbitt will be part of the show and other former Celtic Woman artists (including Lynn and Hayley) have been part of his concerts in the past.

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It's been pretty rare that a principal member of Celtic Woman has gotten to perform one of her own songs in the show.

Here are the ones I can think of:

- Shooting Star (Órla Fallon, performed on the original Celtic Woman tour)
- Garden of Eden (Éabha McMahon performed on the Ancient Land DVD and tour)

Máiréad Nesbitt got to arrange many of the songs she performed in the show, including The Ashoken Farewell / The Contradiction and the Butterfly but while whose were original arrangements, I don't think any were original tunes. She also had a lot of freedom to arrange The Hills of Ireland and Dragonborn (from Skyrim) on Destiny. I believe she was involved in arranging Granuaille's dance with David Downes and they may have co-wrote it (not sure).

Can you think of any other songs that were written by a member of Celtic Woman who also performed it on one of their group albums, DVDs, or tours?

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Muirgen O'Mahony / In Tune YouTube videos
« on: June 05, 2021, 12:39:04 PM »
In Tune was a group in 2020 made up of 19/17 Royal Academy of Music MT Grads, including Muirgen:

When You Wish Upon A Star:
https://youtu.be/-3ZGEbBkfkA

The Songs of Purple Summer:
https://youtu.be/T4L__1rz3q0

Seesaw / All Things Bright & Beautiful (Coleman/Fields/Sondheim Medley):
https://youtu.be/7MAyqubIf8Y

Socials:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InTuneFB/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/in_tune_uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/intuneuk

These ones below aren't from In Tune, but they do include Muirgen:

A Million Things - Daisy the Musical:
https://youtu.be/cOzyy9x9JGY

Softly Softly - by Pippa Cleary:
https://youtu.be/XU-4gKeCszg

On My Way/ Bring Me To Light for CLIC Sargent:
https://youtu.be/xYEApDHENv8

A Soft Place to Land (from Waitress):
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CLrvcZ9pGZ7/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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Muirgen O'Mahony / Let's Meet Muirgen
« on: June 04, 2021, 10:33:28 PM »
About Muirgen:

Muirgen is originally from County Cork in Ireland, but has been living in London, England. She went to the Cork School of Music, where she studied as a classical soprano, but also studied flute. She then completed her Masters degree in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music.

She's a fluent Irish speaker and has been performing as an actress, singer, and instrumentalist for almost a decade.

Sources:
https://www.celticangels.net/biography
https://www.facebook.com/celticwoman/posts/329579305201509

Career:

In 2016, she performed with Disney at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then been in productions of Love's Labour's Lost, The Wizard of Oz, Battles Great and Small, to Gillie, With Love, and the New Year's Even Gala: The Music of Andrew Loyd Webber.

Muirgen has performed several times with the RTE concert orchestra as a guest soloist.

She toured with Celtic Angels starting Sept 2014 up until the start of the pandemic.

Sources:
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/muirgen-o-mahony-75a57b1b7
https://www.mandy.com/uk/actor/muirgen-o-mahony

FAQ:

Q: How do you pronounce her name?
A: MURR-en
(we break it down in this thread: http://www.celticwomanforum.net/index.php?topic=1666.msg5673#msg5673)

Q: What's her birthday?
A: February 4

Q: What is her vocal range?
A: F3 to D6 (belt to E5) (source: https://www.spotlight.com/4290-8979-1756)

Q: What instruments does she play?
A: Flute, piano (source: https://www.mandy.com/uk/actor/muirgen-o-mahony)

Q: How tall is she?
A: 5' 6" (1m 68cm) (source: https://www.mandy.com/uk/actor/muirgen-o-mahony)

Q: What color are her eyes?
A: Blue

Q: What color is her hair?
A: Brown

Fun Facts:

Her name, Muirgen, means "woman of the sea" or "born of the sea."

Quote
Muirgen in Irish mythology was turned into a mermaid and then brought back to land after 300 years and transformed back into a woman -- which must have been quite a shock. Muirgen's original name was Liban. Muirgen may also be spelled Muireann or Muirenn.

Source: https://nameberry.com/babyname/Muirgen

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MuirgenOM
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/muirgenomahony/

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Muirgen O'Mahony / Interview on Marty in the Morning (Sept 20, 2018)
« on: June 04, 2021, 10:00:49 PM »
Muirgen O' Mahony drops in to chat with Marty about Showstoppers with the RTE Concert orchestra at the NCH.
Duration: 0:20:18

https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/lyric/21436384

Side-note: in this interview, Marty pronounces her name like "MUR-en."

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Muirgen O'Mahony / Celtic Angels
« on: June 04, 2021, 09:23:56 PM »
Muirgen used to tour with Celtic Angels. She joined the group in 2014. She was still touring with the group at the time of the pandemic shutdown.

Here's some promotional videos and music from the group (not yet sure how many feature Muirgen, but they sound fantastic):
https://www.celticangels.net/music

Here's her bio from the group:
https://www.celticangels.net/biography

Let's see how many YouTube / Vimeo videos we can find of her on tour with Celtic Angels!

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I first recall seeing /hearing Muirgen in the RTE Concert Orchestra Winter Sessions "The Best of Musical Theatre" concert (which also featured Susan McFadden and Chloë's dad, David Agnew).

Link to the full concert:
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw

I Whistle a Happy Tune:
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw?t=768

Children Will Listen:
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw?t=1336

All I Ask Of You:
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw?t=2708

Somewhere:
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw?t=3333

A Boy Like That (duet with Susan):
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw?t=3667

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Muirgen O'Mahony / How do you pronounce her name?
« on: June 04, 2021, 06:35:56 PM »
Like many Irish names Muirgen is spelled differently than it's pronounced.

It took some searching (because it was more of an adventure than just asking), but looks like it's pronounced:

MURR-en

Source:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CCQOa2LHDDY/

Here's a site that gives a decent breakdown for how to pronounce it:
https://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/muirgen

Note: in the concert she did with Susan McFadden for RTE last year it sounded more like

WARE-en or WHEER-en or WHEER-an

Here's the links targeted to where they say her name in the RTE concert:
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw?t=27
https://youtu.be/EaAXBPPRAGw?t=1812

In terms of her last name, many Celtic Woman fans will be familiar Synan O'Mahony. Assuming it's pronounced the same way as his name, it's:

o-MA-hony

... with the emphasis on "ma."

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Chloe Agnew / Fáinne Óir
« on: May 28, 2021, 07:59:42 PM »
I watched Fáinne Óir, co-produced by David Agnew and Ciara Sexton, with executive producer Kathy Fahey.

I got my ticket through this FundIt project, which I thought I posted about here, but apparently not:
https://fundit.ie/project/finne-ir---online-broadcast

Set during the Great Irish Famine, Fáinne Óir tells the beautiful love story of a young couple during times of tragedy and emigration for many Irish families.

The show greatly exceeded my expectations. The music and dancing were phenomenal. The story and production as a whole were moving.

Chloë performed a song called "Across the Miles" on screen during the show. The music was composed by Kathy Fahey, with lyrics by Chloë and her dad. It was arranged and engineered by Brian McGrane, a name you may recognize from Destiny and various collaborations with Celtic Woman performers since then. It's good!

This was online performance #271 for me since mid-March 2020 and I have to say, this was one of the best. Definitely in my top 10. Maybe in the top 5. I want a DVD of this show!

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Other Musicians / Songs of the Great Hunger (with Brendan Graham)
« on: May 22, 2021, 12:44:32 PM »
Songs of the Great Hunger (with Brendan Graham)

https://youtu.be/_zuPkjV1qwc

This was an informative and moving video, featuring some of Brendan Graham's songs and the stories behind them.

"Songs of the Great Hunger shares the music of Brendan Graham performed at famine commemoration events in Ireland, Australia, and Canada. Brendan Graham and Eileen Moore Quinn explore the historical experiences of Irish emigrant communities during the Great Hunger that inspired classic songs such as Ochón an Gorta Mór, Crucán na bPáiste, Orphan Girl, The Whitest Flower, and The Voice.
...
Songs of the Great Hunger is part of the  2021 Great Famine Voices season, hosted by the National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park and the Irish Heritage Trust. It is funded by the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme."

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Susan McFadden / The Blue Belles
« on: May 14, 2021, 08:54:57 AM »
Susan is part of a new group called The Blue Belles.

They're billed as Ireland's premier vintage vocal trio.

The group consists of Susan, Kerry Ann Sheridan, and Carly Coonagh.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebluebellesirl/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebluebellesirl/

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Amy Rivard / Tavern on the Green
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:09:29 PM »
Amy's scheduled to resume shows at Tavern On the Green in New York City:

Saturdays
11 AM - 3 PM EDT

Here's her scheduled events:
https://amyrivardmusic.fanbridge.com/events/

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