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 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

 on: July 30, 2017, 03:45:54 AM 
Started by VonnyandJohn from Oz - Last post by VonnyandJohn from Oz
Have had to go to Sydney but we are all booked in for the CW experience Sept, front row and center. ROFLMAO

I think we were the first to book when ticketek opened to the public. We had followed some pre-booking sites but they didn't have any front row seats (that we could see) so took a punt and waited for the public release with our finger poised on the GET TICKETS key Cheesy

Tickets arrived last Friday for the "Angels with Voices" tour!! Not sure if they have changed the name or if someone made a blooper at Ticketek! However, I'm not complaining.


 on: July 27, 2017, 10:29:33 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom
I'm still trying to catch up on some of the things I missed when I wasn't on forums or social media a few years ago.

One of those things Celtic Nights, which of course featured Eabha, Rebecca Winckworth, and Una, ... maybe Sarah Gannon too.

For some reason I figured this might be a good place to gather some intel  Wink

I know there were a number of albums at some point:
- 2 volumes of Celtic Nights (2015) ... I can listen to Vol 2 on Spotify and Vol 1 is available to purchase from a number of obscure sites
- I think there was also a CD/DVD combo (Celtic Nights - The Emigrants Bridge)
- There might have been another album, but I'm not sure. If it exists, I haven't tracked it down yet

Am I missing anything?

I know there's a bunch of YouTube and Facebook videos floating around as well as videos on their site, most of which I've probably seen at one point or another.

There was a tour in 2016 that came very close to me that I missed on account of budget and other conflicts. There's supposedly 2018 USA tour dates coming soon, so I'll keep an eye out for nearby performances (although given my tentative CW-related plans for next year, they would have to be performing at an opportune place and time for me to go).

 on: July 27, 2017, 07:01:58 PM 
Started by rick - Last post by Western_Rose
I might have this not sure it's been a very long time! I'll dig around and let you know! Maybe I'll find my missing Songs from the Hearts Photoshop brushes while I'm at it!

 on: July 24, 2017, 12:00:26 AM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by CWazyTom
I got my physical copy of Hibernia in the mail!

The sleeve and insert are gorgeous!

I downloaded all the tracks from PledgeMusic the day they became available, so I already knew the music was great. I'll have to think of the best way to listen to the physical CD. The 5.1 speakers connected to my PC are good, but the optical drive in my computer is noisy. My car speakers seem to start clipping (or at least giving off noticeable distortions ... sounds like loud vibrating) even at very reasonable volumes.

My best bet at home is usually to rip a CD and play back the digital copies instead, but I'll give it a whirl in my car (the signed jacket will be staying safely at home, of course).

In other news, I finally got around to creating a Devil's Bit Sessions page on Wikipedia:

It still needs quite a bit of work. I'm hoping to add a few track notes (ie. arrangers, composers) this week. If you have any other suggestions or info I can use to beef up the article, please let me know.

It looks like I left the Hibernia article basically a skeleton for a while, so I'll need to invest some time in that as well. Again, any advice or corrections are very welcome.


 on: July 22, 2017, 06:28:53 PM 
Started by Moscapoet - Last post by Moscapoet
You're welcome, Tom. Yeah, all the DVD recordings have been two shows, one for close ups and the other for more distant shots. The exception was the live show they filmed in South Bend in the USA. The 2013 Christmas recording at The Helix was also two shows but, unlike previously, they did both in one night.

 on: July 22, 2017, 06:25:42 PM 
Started by CWazyTom - Last post by Moscapoet

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