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Great Women’s Voices in Irish Music

special All-Ireland Fleadh Peace III show at Cavan Crystal Hotel

A concert well worth seeing as this year’s All-Ireland Fleadh gets going in Cavan is ‘Great Women’s Voices in Irish Music’, which will feature Susan McKeown Róisín O’Reilly, Maggie Boyle, and Aoife Murray in an intimate setting at the Cavan Crystal Hotel at 7.45pm on Wednesday 17th August.

Susan McKeown grew up in Dublin, Ireland where she was greatly influenced by her mother, an organist and composer. As a teenager she abandoned a promised opera career, choosing instead to sing folk and original songs on the streets of her native city.
Described by the Irish Examiner as a “singer of passion, grace and striking presence” able to capture the essence of either traditional or contemporary songs, she emerged as a distinctive talent upon the release of her debut album Bones in 1995. She went on to record 11 more albums, winning a Grammy award, being listed as a BBC Folk award nominee, and working with the likes of Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, Flook, Lúnasa, Andy Irvine and Johnny Cunningham.
Róisín O’Reilly from Cavan is probably best known to Irish audiences through her work with Liam Lawton, recording songs on his albums Another World and Time as well as featuring on two of his DVD’s including the spectacular open air concert ‘Song of a Celtic Soul’ recorded in the Dublin Docklands in 2005. Róisín toured extensively with Liam between 2004 and 2007 as a guest artist on his nationwide tours.
The former soloist in well-known Celtic choral group Anuna, Róisín has been a particular favourite for listeners on RTE’s Lyric FM since the release of her Love So Kindly album in 2003, and it still features among the most requested tracks.
Maggie Boyle, a London-born and Yorkshire-based Irish singer-songwriter and flute player, has worked and recorded with John Renbourn, Steve Tilston, James Horner, The Chieftains, Incantation, Bert Jansch, Duck Baker and many others.
Her ballads, old and new, continue the tradition of music and storytelling passed on by her Irish family. Reared in the musically vibrant London-Irish community of the ’60s and ’70s, she and her brothers got the music from their father, Paddy Boyle, who was a native speaker from the Donegal Gaeltacht townland of Derryloughan near Glenties.
Maggie has accrued an impressive catalogue of live and recorded work, including film soundtracks for the movies ‘Patriot Games’ and ‘Legends of the Fall’, and theatre and folk circuit appearances worldwide.
Aoife Murray from Stradone in Co Cavan is an all-Ireland junior and senior champion in both Irish and English singing, who has performed at numerous concerts around the country and further afield at festivals in Europe and North America.
Her enchanting voice can be heard on a number of CDs including A Call From the Musical Heart of Cavan (2001) and Martin Donohoe’s 2006 CD Tasty Touches/Bluirini Blasta. Aoife continues to teach and promote traditional singing among younger people.
Tickets for The Great Women’s Voices in Irish Music at Cavan Crystal Hotel on 17th August are €10 and can be had from Multisound, Cavan,  049 436 1312.

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