Issue no. 21, November 2007

The Celtic Songbird's East Coast Holiday Shows

To read the Press Release Page, CLICK HERE



Irish singing sensation Méav (formerly of Celtic Woman), is best known as the tall blonde in Celtic Woman who adds delicious wriggles to her soprano renditions of traditional tunes (New York Times).

Together with a multi-talented group of Irish musicians MÉAV is bringing her special brand of holiday cheer - DIRECT FROM DUBLIN TO BROADWAY FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY - to the NOKIA THEATRE, Times Square, 1515 Broadway, NYC.

Singing all of the best known holiday classics as well tunes that reflect her love of traditional Irish music, MÉAV is sure to thrill audiences this holiday season with AN AUTHENTIC CELTIC CHRISTMAS.

As a member of Celtic Woman from 2004 – 2007, MÉAV performed a number of exceptional solo tracks, particularly "Danny Boy," and was featured on all of the ensemble tracks. Her performances have been aired over 3400 times on PBS stations across the U.S.

MÉAV is heavily featured in the upcoming PBS Television Special "Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration," which will premier during Thanksgiving weekend, with encore presentations throughout December, 2007.

MÉAV’s 2006 solo album "Méav: A Celtic Journey" debuted in the top ten in Billboard’s World Music charts which prompted the current re-release of her first solo album, "Celtic Woman Presents: Méav."

Méav has also performed with a vast array of musical artists including Elvis Costello and the Chieftains during her time with Anúna (the original Riverdance choir).

and at the concert venues:

12.12.07 8pm Nokia Theatre, Times Square, New York, NY

12.13.07 7pm Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY tickets.

12.14.07 8pm Turning Stone Casino, Verona ,NY

12.15.07 8pm Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH

12.16.07 8pm Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH


We would like to thank everyone who entered our ticket lottery this month. The response was overwhelming!

The lucky winner of a concert ticket and airfare to see Meav's show this December is:
Hayley (forum name: Meav 89) from South Carolina. Congratulations!



As fans await the upcoming Méav solo holiday mini tour, we would like to introduce to you the people who will be accompanying Méav on her US shows. Méav's enchanting vocals will be joined by 3 of the most distingushed and talented musicians in Ireland.

Una O' Kane

pboto taken from, Japan Show 2002 Born in Dublin into a family of musicians, Una is an accomplished violinist and viola player who enjoys playing all styles of music.

As a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, she toured in Cyprus, Spain, France and Germany. She was the leader of The Hibernian Chamber Orchestra for several years and she has a particular interest in involving young people in music. She is a director of the Dublin Youth Orchestras and she runs chamber music courses for gifted string players.

Una played with the distinctive string ensemble in U2's single 'The Sweetest Thing,' which reached #1 in both Canada and Ireland, and #3 in the UK charts. She has also recorded the Oscar-nominated song 'The Hands that Built America' with U2 which was featured in the film 'Gangs of New York.' As a member of the band Dara, Una played twice at Slane Castle, playing support to U2 and Brian Adams, for an audience of 80,000 people.

Her wide-ranging musical tastes have led her to play with such diverse musicians as Kanye West, The Global Funk Orchestra, Josh Groban, Jamiroquai, The Corrs, P Diddy, Westlife and Kila. She has played in China, America, Italy, and England with various ensembles and has toured extensively with Méav in Korea, Japan and Europe.

Shea Fitzgerald

photo from Japan Celtic x-mas 2002 Shea Fitzgerald is an established musician and producer who has worked with an eclectic mix of musicians and singers. Playing guitar, bass, mandolin and percussion, Shea has toured with Moya Brennan (the voice of Clannad), and legendary Irish singer-songwriter Paul Brady. During Paul's renowned "Songbook Sessions" at Vicar St. Dublin, Shea performed with nine-time Grammy award-winning blues legend Bonnie Raitt.

Shea first appeared with Meav and oboist David Agnew (father of Chloe Agnew) at a prestigious music festival in Tokyo. He has toured with Meav in the Netherlands and peformed with her at numerous concerts in Ireland. His many production credits include work with celtic fusion dance band Kila on their album Luna Park, solo albums from K’la's Eoin Dillon ("The Third Twin") and Colm O'Snodaigh ("Giving" - just released), as well as co-production credit on Paul Brady's album "Spirits Colliding."

As a composer, Shea has written and produced soundtracks for TV documentaries, films and advertising jingles including an evocative whistle solo, commissioned as the identity of TG4, the Irish language TV station.

Conor O'Reilly

Photo from, Korea Tour Conor hails from County Leitrim in the northwest of Ireland. He started his musical studies at an early age, winning a scholarship to become a member of the famous Schola Cantorum in St. Finians, Mullingar. He continued his studies at the College of Music, Dublin.

As a founder member of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, he has worked with many of the world's top choral conductors and has toured widely in Europe and China. He is also celebrated as a choral composer and arranger. He arranged the haunting choral "Danny Boy" which is featured on both the original Celtic Woman and Celtic Woman - A New Journey DVDs. He is frequently commissioned to write works for the National Chamber Choir, including one which was premiered in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He has written a number of pieces specially for Meav's voice and has co-written a number of songs with her.

Conor is interested in a wide variety of musical styles and plays keyboards, guitar and bass guitar. He performed with Meav on her tour of South Korea and in many classical concerts in Brazil, Sweden and Spain. Conor's music is published in the U.S. by Lawson Gould.

On behalf of the fans, we extend a warm welcome to Conor, Shea and Una. We can't wait to meet all of you!


Re-release of Silver Sea

Méav fans will be happy to know that her exquisite Silver Sea CD is being re-released by Valley Entertainment next month. As if her talents as a singer and instrumentalist were not considerable enough, Méav proved herself her be a skillful arranger and composer as well on this superb recording.

The maritime-themed collection features a wonderfully eclectic mix of songs, including The Waves of Tory, which sounds very much like an ancient Gaelic song but was actually written by Méav's father Liam. Méav did the arrangements and wrote the rhyming English translation herself, making it a wonderful father/daughter collaboration.

Paying homage to two literary greats, Méav set to music a portion of text from Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" in the song Full Fathom Five, and gave her own touch to the arrangement of Thomas Moore's version of Silent O Moyle. And The Cradles and Youkali Tango are delightful surprises, showcasing her musical diversity and proving that Méav sings French even better than the French do.

Don't miss the re-release of this classic Méav recording, and pick up some extras for Christmas gifts.


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