Irish Eyes Were Smiling
at Carnegie Hall
copyright Genevieve Rafter Keddy for

The legendary Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall hosted some of the finest Irish music of all time for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 12th. On that stormy Friday night, the impressive architecture and incomparable acoustics of this venue resonated with some of Ireland's best-known music.

photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy Steven Reineke, the music director and conductor of The New York Pops, crafted the evening's program by including musical arrangements which highlighted a delightfully entertaining mix of old and new Irish songs. The highly acclaimed NY Pops orchestra accompanied the outstanding talents of Celtic fiddler Liz Knowles, Kieran O'Hare's uillean pipes, the Darrah Carr Dancers, and the soaring voices of Dr. Ronan Tynan and Meav. The NYPD Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society also graced the venue as they marched in to start the show in grand style.

The superior melodies and engaging rhythms of traditional and popular irish music performed by the orchesta musicians, soloists and dancers gave the program some variety and a true taste of an evolving celtic music genre.

It came as no surprise to her fans that Méav's voice enchanted the audience that night. She began with one of her signature songs, "I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls," a particular favorite of Celtic Woman fans. Accompanied by the uillean pipes and violin, Méav's rendition of another Celtic Woman classic, "The Voice," was astounding. During the second half of the show, Méav delivered a deliciously witty introduction to "Dulaman," and her playful and vivacious perfomance of the song captured the audience's fancy.

photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy The evening also included one of Méav's most recent hits, "Where the Sunbeams Play," from the Disney movie Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. She was pleased to introduce to the audience Joel MacNeely, the song's composer, who was in attendance. And Meav dazzled the crowd with Steven Reineke's arrangement of "My Heart Will Go On" from the blockbuster movie Titanic.

As printed in the programme,"Danny Boy," perhaps the most recognizable of all Irish songs, was to be a solo performance delivered by Dr. Tynan, so it was a marvelous surprise to hear it performed as a duet by Ronan Tynan and Méav. It was one of the most unforgettable moments of the show.

The show ended with the entire cast of musicians, dancers and singers onstage for the finale, "Fields of Athenry." The appreciative audience demanded an encore, and they were encouraged to sing along with it, making "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" a perfect ending to an unforgettable celebration of Celtic music. Everyone (may they be of Irish decent or just Irish for that one night) was indeed left smiling and their hearts filled with wonderful melodic memories from the Emerald Isle.

photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy Performing on the Carnegie stage - the very same stage which has hosted the 'best of the best' in entertainment - is a magnificent honor for any artist, and Méav thoroughly enjoyed her first Carnegie experience.

"Carnegie Hall was a truly memorable night for me," Méav says. "Walking out into the dazzling lights and warm applause from the audience was a fantastic experience, and the acoustics were everything I had hoped for. It was great to re-connect with Ronan Tynan and to meet with Liz and Kieran, the fiddler and piper - we had a lot of laughs backstage!
"Conductor Steve Reineke made sure that everything ran smoothly and made an excellent MC, too. At his suggestion, we included his lovely arrangement of 'My Heart Will Go On,' which was a surprise choice for me, but one I really enjoyed. I had lots of friends and family there to cheer me on which made my job much easier, and my dressing room was full of flowers - thanks everyone!

photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

An Unforgettable Duo:
Dr. Ronan Tynan and Méav
in a Special St. Patrick's Day Concert

photo taken by Sandy

After a successful performance with the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, this high-calibre duo shared the spotlight again for a special St. Patrick's Day concert at the University of Buffalo in Amhurst, NY. Méav was honored to be Dr. Ronan Tynan's special guest for this benefit show.

For Dr. Tynan, a self-proclaimed Buffalo Sabres fan who is a local favorite, it was an opportunity to perform among friends, and he was genuinely pleased to be able to introduce his guest and long-time friend Méav to this appreciative group of supporters. In his warm introduction, Dr. Tynan reminisced about the time he and Méav performed together during a production of "My Fair Lady" in Dublin in 1993.

A nice mixture of traditional Irish songs and some very famous arrangements were performed by Dr. Ronan Tynan that evening. His rendition of "Tears in Heaven" and The Old Man" were a couple of the highlights.

Méav's list of songs performed that night included "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls," "The Voice," "My Heart Will On" (from the movie Titanic), "Where the Sunbeams Play" from Disney's Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure movie, and "The Last Rose of Summer." The audience was also tickled by Méav's amusing introduction of "Dulaman" before the song.

Méav remembers the evening fondly:
"Ronan and I met up in Buffalo on St Patrick's Day for another concert , this time with his band. Our hosts, the Buffalo Sabres, treated us royally.
Ronan's band members are great musicians and great company too. It was good to have a chance to sing "Danny Boy" as a duet with Ronan again. You can listen to it here:
     The song clip from the LIVE show."

"Danny Boy" was the unmistakable highlight of the evening . After the last note of this much-loved song, a silence enveloped the auditorium, followed by thunderous applause! The ageless classic had been delivered to absolute perfection, and everyone in the room knew they had heard something quite extraordinary.

The audience was on its feet to give a booming cheer for all the artists and musicians, and they clearly wanted to hear more. What followed was one of the most engaging encores anyone could ever experience at a concert!

As invited back by Ronan Tynan, Méav gracefully walked to the other end of the stage and sat by the piano as she joined in the songs Ronan had chosen for his encore. Méav and Ronan's chemistry on stage was truly delightful to watch. "The Fields of Athenry" was the very last song performed that night. It was a magnificent ending to a truly perfect performance.

After the show, Dr. Tynan held what was apparently an impromptu Meet and Greet in the halls of the auditorium, and Méav had the opportunity to acquaint herself with many of Dr. Tynan's fans. They, in turn, caught a glimpse of the grace and good humor behind the beautiful soprano voice they came to know and love that evening. Méav was definitely glad to meet again with some familiar and friendly faces who were there just to be with her, and support her that evening.

Dr. Ronan Tynan has earned a very special place in the hearts of all of us here at The Lark. His incredible life story can be found at We encourage everyone to read it, and to see and hear this superbly talented tenor anytime there is an opportunity to do so.

A portion of the proceeds from this special St. Patrick's Day concert went to support the community programs of the Buffalo Sabers Foundation in Western NY.

To Meav, With Love, From Everyone at the Forum

photo taken by Melissa

On March 12, 2010, Army Captain (CH) Jody Harlow, along with Meav Forum Administrators Marie-France and Sandy, presented Meav with a bouquet of red roses on behalf of the entire CelticMeav Fanclub family. Meav was surprised and delighted with this heartfelt token of our constant love and support.

photo taken by Jody Harlow

All of us here at the Official Méav Fanclub and Forum would like to thank Rego and Catherine at Simpson&Co. Flower Studio for their magnificent and elegant arrangement, which they prepared especially for our dear Celtic Songbird's Carnegie Hall debut performance.

Page 2:
"A Wonderful Year of Méav Blessings"
by Sandy Harlow
& Bob's Feature Cartoon

Page 3:
"Danny Boy LIVE" Audio Clip

Page 4:
"More Photos of Méav from NYC"

Related Links and Credits :

Carnegie Hall Photos:
Genevieve Rafter Keddy