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Máiréad has a lovely blog page! She is also on Twitter, Facebook, and now Instagram. Go check it out!
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 on: October 20, 2017, 09:17:48 PM 
Started by Ron - Last post by Ron
Right? When she left Celtic Woman, she hit the ground running and hasn't stopped. I really feel like Celtic Woman was holding her back in the latter years. Are you going to try an catch one of her NY shows, Tom?

 on: October 16, 2017, 06:13:41 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by Celtic Fiddle Chick
Last week I received a message from Máiréad saying that she was sending out a copy of the album for me because of the mix up with pledge where I never got it. I checked my mail today and there was an envelope from her. She sent a signed copy of the album as well as a copy of the dvd and a personalized card thanking me for the support and apologized for the mix up. She’s so sweet.

Thank you Máiréad.

 on: October 15, 2017, 07:14:04 PM 
Started by Ron - Last post by CWazyTom
That is really cool!

I guess the tour must have been pretty successful.

I'm actually a little surprised Celtic Woman never made it to Broadway, especially during the group's heyday, but I suppose Rocktopia can draw a bit more of the mainstream audience.

I know it's not until next year, but this has been quite an exciting year of news for Máiréad already. A Grammy nomination, 2 albums, a violin line, a DVD/PBS special with Rocktopia, and a now the announcement of a Broadway run, all within the next 12 months or so.  Shocked

 on: October 11, 2017, 12:44:31 PM 
Started by Ron - Last post by Ron
Rocktopia hits Broadway for six weeks starting March 20th!

 on: September 18, 2017, 05:36:47 PM 
Started by apollomoon - Last post by apollomoon
Hello old friends, and hello friends I don't know yet...anyway hello again.

For the first time in so many years I have no Celtic Woman experiences to report on.

My usual companion, Mr. Peabody, could not make it up to the show this year. That was a great disappointment as we always have a good dinner (it was The Blue Ribbon Diner last year) and good conversation before and after every show. To be honest, I did not have such a great interest in going it alone, so for the first time in many years I did not go to an Albany show. Sorry you could not make it Mike!!

Then Alex brought her musical play Find Your Way Home to Albany...twice!! The first time was a promotional event. I had my ticket way in advance and then came down with a terrible cold and  could not go. When the actual show came, I had already made plans to meet my family in Virginia..another miss. Plus 2 chances lost to visit with Alex which was most disappointing. It would have been nice to catch up in person again. I had not seen her since the previous year at Proctors.

Even though I have nothing to report as my subject title suggests; old habits like posting here every so often about CW adventures (or lack thereof) die hard.

Maybe next year!! Wink

Hope you all are well and great to see Scott is still at it!

Best to all,

PS: Not to brag..well maybe a little; I still think the banner that CFC made for me years ago is still the most beautiful pic  of Mairead I have seen...just saying  Grin

 on: August 26, 2017, 05:34:51 AM 
Started by VonnyandJohn from Oz - Last post by VonnyandJohn from Oz
And now the Show has been re-scheduled  Sad Angry Cry Cry

 on: August 10, 2017, 08:53:11 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom
Máiréad Nesbitt was live on Vindy Radio with host Louie B. Free today (August 10, 2017).

As far as interviews go this was pretty good. It definitely didn't feel like a cookie-cutter type interview. Lots of interesting stuff.

Part 1:
Part 2:

Communication was the key theme of the interview.

It's worth listening to them but for those looking for a quick summary, here are some things they talked about.

When / why she got into the violin:
- She was 6
- She looked at her mother playing and Máiréad wanted to play too (more importantly, Máiréad wanted play with her mother)
- Music was a way of life growing up in her family
- She credits her parents for the passion for music that she's had her whole life

Communication with family:
- Her family has a unique, unspoken way of communicating while they're playing together.
- They share an understanding or intuition of what each other are doing or are about to do.

Communication with a live audience:
- She has a keen awareness of the audience.
- The connection with the audience is different each time.
- Máiréad offered some great advice: for people that feel self-conscious when performing, remember it's not about you, it's about the audience and your connection to them. That should be your focus, rather than about wanting to be perfect and worried about making mistakes.

Communication with the listening audience:
- It's important to her that her music has a genuine meaning, but it's just a layer.
- The music should speak for itself.
- It should take the listener on a journey, regardless of the listener's background or how much they understand about the inspiration behind the tracks.

As we well know, Máiréad's work has touched a lot of people very deeply so her emphasis on communicating and connecting with the audience has clearly paid off in her work.

Máiréad came up with a new word: #Fanimaly  (Representing the close relationship that she and her fans share. This includes the passion that her fans have for her work and that she has for her fans.

- She was preparing for Hibernia for 2 years
- She was experimenting and writing music on the Celtic Woman tour bus between shows
- Some trivia she brought up: Ériu (from which derived Éire), is an old Irish name for Ireland
- Hibernia is of course also a "classical" name for Ireland
- Hibernia was a blend of classical and Irish music
- She's proud that Hibernia debuted on 4 separate charts (for her that was more important than where it debuted on the charts). It's an indication that it reached people with diverse backgrounds.

Devil's Bit Sessions:
- It took a year to put together and make sure everyone could be in one place at one time
- She was really passionate about it being recorded like a live session

On Part 2 of the Facebook live stream, there was one of the best live-stream comments I've read in long time:

"I have never met a harder working woman...who literally puts her entire soul & being into what she does as Máiréad Nesbitt! Fierce & Flawless...& unbelievably gifted!! & oh-so kind!!"

All-in-all, I thought this was a solid interview and is worth a listen.

 on: August 09, 2017, 11:11:43 PM 
Started by VonnyandJohn from Oz - Last post by VonnyandJohn from Oz
We haven't seen ANY advertising!

At least the tour dates are now up on the website. When we bought our tickets the tour dates weren't even posted.

 on: August 06, 2017, 03:01:21 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom
Mairead Nesbitt is doing some upcoming show on StageIt, which is an online concert platform.

Note: StageIt performances are only available live (they're not recorded and available later if you miss them).

She's announced 4 shows so far:

Woodstock and Fleadh TV Rehearsal!
Wed, AUG 09 - 08:00 PM EDT

Hang with me at Woodstock with Rocktopia!
Sat, AUG 12 - 03:00 PM EDT

Live from Fleadh Ceoil na h'Éireann in Ireland.
Sat, AUG 19 - 12:00 PM EDT
PRICE: 100 NOTES ($10)

Máiréad Nesbitt Celtic Violin Collection Workshop Performance from Ireland
Sat, SEP 09 - 10:00 AM EDT
PRICE: 200 NOTES ($20)

... Thanks to Ron for the heads up.

 on: July 31, 2017, 12:31:10 AM 
Started by VonnyandJohn from Oz - Last post by CWazyTom

Well, at least they didn't insist on calling them "The Celtic Woman" and advertise VoA using a Songs from the Heart poster...I hope.  Roll Eyes

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