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Artist Profiles: Méav

Méav Ní Mhaolchatha

Méav has a broad range of performing experience in Ireland and abroad. Her first solo album, Méav, sold 40,000 copies and is particularly popular in the US, Japan and Korea. Several of the tracks from the debut Meav album were featured on compilation albums, including one (Ailein Duinn – Warner Special Marketing), which sold 100,000 units.

Méav inherited her love of classical and traditional music from her family in Dublin. She began her studies of voice, harp and piano at an early age and continued them while completing a law degree at Trinity College Dublin.

Méav toured South Africa for three months as the lead vocalist with Lord of The Dance in 2000. As the sole vocalist on three extensive tours from 1996 to 1999, Méav has toured the U.S. and Canada with the RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by Proinnsias Ó Duinn. She has performed a variety of traditional and contemporary works from the tour including Riverdance by Bill Whelan in a series of concerts in Dublin, Belfast and Limerick.

As a principal soloist with the Celtic choral group Anúna, she has toured extensively in Canada, Morocco, Spain and Scandinavia and has performed with such diverse musicians as Elvis Costello, Brian Kennedy and The Chieftains. As a soloist with Anúna she sang at the inauguration of President Mary McAleese. She sang in the London and Dublin runs of Riverdance and in the New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall. As a soloist with the Irish National Chamber Choir, she has toured Brazil, Sweden, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Méav has broadcast frequently on Television and Radio, in Ireland, South Africa, Korea and the U.S. Her other recordings include featured tracks on Aujourd’hui l’Irlande and on Celtic Spirit with the RTE Concert Orchestra; the theme music for the BBC TV series, The Aristocrats and three albums with Anúna.

She is a featured soloist in “Celtic Woman”, the highly successful DVD and CD.

Discography:

Méav (Celtic Collections, 1999)
Silver Sea (Celtic Collections, 2002)
Celtic Dreams (Valley Entertainment, 2006)
A Celtic Journey (Manhattan Records, 2006)
Celtic Woman Presents: Méav (Manhattan Records, 2006)6
The Calling (Warner Music, 2013)

With Celtic Woman:

A Christmas Celebration (Manhattan Records, 2006)
A New Journey (Manhattan Records, 2007)
Home for Christmas (Manhattan Records, 2012)
Destiny (Manhattan Records, 2015)
Voices of Angels (Manhattan Records, 2016)
The Best of Christmas (Manhattan Records, 2017)

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Artist Profiles: Anúna

Anúna

Twelve centuries of Ireland’s vocal tradition are explored by the chorale ensemble, Anúna. Best-known for their performance in Riverdance, the group combines songs in Middle English, Scots Gaelic, Irish, Breton, Medieval Irish, Latin, and Greek in their examination of ancient and contemporary Irish music.

Anúna was founded by Dublin born composer Michael McGlynn in 1987. Their name is derived from the ancient Irish name `An Uaithne’ (collectively describing the three ancient types of Celtic music, Suantraí or lullaby, Geantraí or happy song, and Goltraí or lament).

Anúna explore the unique, beautiful and sometimes forgotten music and texts from ancient Ireland through Michael?s original works and his powerful arrangements of medieval and traditional music. Anúna is directed by Michael and his twin brother John McGlynn.

Anúna have performed all over the world, including the World Sacred Music Festival in Morocco, opening the prestigious Glasgow Celtic Connections Festival in 2000 and in 2004 they traveled with President Mary McAleese on her state visits to Argentina and Chile.

In 2005 the group toured Germany, the USA, the UK [20 dates], Portugal and in December they traveled to Japan to coincide with the Japanese release of their album Winter Songs.

Performance highlights have included the Meltdown Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London with Elvis Costello and being the first Irish group to be invited to give the first ever Irish Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 2004 they embarked on a major new recording deal with the US Record Company Koch Records, beginning with the release of the album Christmas Songs, and in 2005 they released Essential Anúna to coincide with their tour their. This album was re-titled for its Irish release to The Best of Anúna. In the UK this album, released on Universal Records went top 20 in the UK Classical Charts and top 5 in the Irish Charts. The album Deep Dead Blue was nominated for a Classical Brit Award in 2000.

In addition to performing and recording on their own, the group has worked with Sinead O’Connor, The Chieftains, Sting, Maire Brennan, and Elvis Costello.

Some of the ensemble’s earlier recordings were re-recorded, including 1994’s Invocation, re-recorded in 2002; 1993’s Anúna, re-recorded in 2005.

In 2017, Anúna released of three limited edition CDs: “A Christmas Selection” and “Anúna Selected 1987-2017″ Volumes I and II.” These compilations contain over 60 remastered tracks and several new pieces, including the epic “Look Away…”, a 14-minute composition that includes improvisation.

Discography

An Uaithne (1991)
Anúna (Celtic Heartbeat, 1993)
Invocation (Celtic Heartbeat, 1994)
Omnis (Celtic Heartbeat, 1995)
Deep Dead Blue (1996)
Behind the Closed Eye (1997)
Cynara (2000)
Winter Songs (2000)
Essential Anúna (2003)
The Best of Anúna (2005)
Essential Anúna (2005)
Sensation (Danú, 2006)
Celtic Dreams: Méav Ní Mhaolchatha with Anúna (Valley Entertainment, 2006)
Celtic Origins (2007)
Christmas Memories (2008)
Sanctus (Danú, 2009)
The Best of Anúna (2010)
Christmas with Anúna (Danú, 2010)
Illumination (Danú, 2012)
Illuminations (2014)
Revelation (2015)
A Christmas Selection (2017)
Selected 1987-2017 (2017)
Selected II 1987-2017 (2017)

DVDs

Invocations of Ireland (Danu, 2009)

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