Tuesday December 5, 2007

Former Celtic Woman Meav Is Her Own Woman Now

Embarks On A Brief U.S. Holiday Tour Of The Northeast

By John Mooney

Irish singing sensation Méav, best known as the tall blonde in the Irish female super group Celtic Woman, will be bringing her special brand of holiday cheer to a handful of venues in New York and New Hampshire this Christmas season. Audiences can expect to hear Méav's stunning live renditions of "Silent Night" and other holiday classics, as well as tunes that reflect her love of Irish music, including "Danny Boy."

Her band combines Irish drumming, wooden flute, violin, guitar, keyboard and haunting vocal harmonies to create a warm and traditional Irish musical atmosphere. Raised in a family where every event was celebrated with music, Méav was educated through the Irish language and continued to study voice, harp and piano while completing her law degree in Trinity College, Dublin. Her passion for classical and traditional Irish music has led her to sing all over the world.

"I was always singing at home," Méav said. "My grandfather loved to sing, and he lived in the house with us when we were children. My dad wrote songs and played the piano. I was so happy to be able to include one his songs on my solo album, Silver Sea, which is being re-released in the U.S. by Valley Entertainment this month." Before joining Celtic Woman in 2004, Méav performed as Erin the Goddess in "Lord of the Dance" in South Africa, and traveled all over North America as a soloist with Ireland's RTE Concert Orchestra.

She also toured widely in Europe and South America as a principal soloist with the Celtic choral group Anúna and the National Chamber Choir, Ireland's only full-time professional choir.

Méav On The Road

Wednesday, December 12th
Nokia Theatre, New York, NY

Thursday, December 13th
Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

Friday, December 14th
Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY

Saturday, December15th
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH

Sunday, December 16th
Palace Theatre, Manchester, NH

As a solo artist, Méav was invited to perform with her own band in Korea and Japan where her singing is known as "healing music."

She has always relished the opportunity of performing with artists from different musical backgrounds and particularly enjoyed singing with Elvis Costello and the Chieftains. Highlights of her career with Celtic Woman (2004-2007) include performing in Radio City Music Hall on St Patrick's Day, and breaking Andrea Bocelli's No.1 position in the Billboard World music charts with the group's platinum-selling debut album.

Méav's most recent solo CD, "A Celtic Journey," debuted in the Billboard World Music top ten in February. Her record company, EMI Manhattan, has also re-released her first solo album, "Celtic Woman Presents: Méav." As a member of Celtic Woman, her performances have aired an incredible 3,400 times on PBS stations across the U.S. Now, with a multi-talented band of Irish musicians Méav is bringing her seasonal favorites, and the stories behind them, to the Northeast during a brief concert tour. "I had performed as a solo artist before I was invited to join Celtic Woman, so it was a natural progression for me to return to solo singing," Méav said. "One of the strengths of Celtic Woman is that each performer retained their solo identity in the show. I made the decision to go back to solo singing just after we completed our third DVD, the Christmas Special. We recorded it in July, and it is airing on PBS at the moment."

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