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Liz Madden

"If a harp had a voice, it would sound like Liz Madden. With a sound that flows through the air like rose petals through a wind chime."

The last four years have seen Irish recording artist and performer Liz Madden go from strength to strength. During that time Liz has recorded three solo albums: My Irish Home which is a collection of Irish and Folk songs with some originals by Liz, Christmas Celebration which was her 2010 Christmas album featuring a full choir and a children’s choir, and Going Home which was written and produced with Fionan de Barra (Runa, Moya Brennan, Fiddler’s Bid, Clannad). Liz also created the world music group Shishonnah with US artist Jenne Lennon and musician/producer Roland Labana, and they have received wonderful reviews about their exciting new sound and live performances.

This coming October sees another step forward for Liz with the release of her Irish album in France. French label Keltia Musique plan to release the much loved My Irish Home this coming October. This album has already received rave reviews and was arranged and produced by Liz, Richard Cottle (Seal, Eric Clapton & Russell Watson) and James Graydon (Emma Bunton). It features 14 tracks including Greensleeves, Galway Shawl, Spancil Hill and This Land Is Your Land among others. This is the first of a number of international releases for this album.

Liz has been doing well in Asia with the release of her Christmas album in Japan, her Irish album in Taiwan and many of her tracks being featured this year alone in eight compilation albums. Aside from preparing for performances in 2013, Liz is currently working on a four new recording projects – her next solo album, a new album with Shishonnah plus two collaborative albums.

Check out her website on


Shine On With Shishonnah

'Shine On' is the slogan that the new world music group Shishonnah use, and that is exactly what they are doing. Every once in a while a musician or group comes along that truly touches the souls of their listeners. An act that changes the direction of music and creates a sound that’s unexpected and new. The time has come again for a new sound and it has been found in the eclectic vocal/multi-instrumentalist group, Shishonnah. Shishonnah fuse their incredible vocal arrangements into the elements of World music with classical and contemporary influences. Their original songs will take you to a place that defines the human experience and uplifts the soul. Their sound reflects a canvas as diverse as the lands of their upbringing. They blend their Irish and American musical heritage with their Celtic, Indian and Native American traditions. Using their mutual experience in various styles of music such as South African, Appalachian, Celtic, Electronic and Folk-Rock, they have created their own distinctive and innovative sound.

Performers and songwriters in their own right, Liz Madden, Jenne Lennon and Roland Labana have a wealth of experience behind them both on stage and in studio. Between them, they play piano, harp, bodhran, guitar, whistle, Native American flute and percussion. They have headlined events and international festivals worldwide wowing audiences with their incredible individual vocal sounds.

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Kevin Burke in Portland, OR

Arguably the finest Irish fiddler in the world, Kevin Burke performs with Brongaene Griffin, backed up by Johnny Connolly on accordian and Cul An Ti (Danny O'Hanlon and Cary Novotny).

9:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Alberta Street Public House, which is at the corner of NE 11th Ave. and Alberta in Portland, Oregon. Tickets $15. Entertainment value? Priceless!

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On An Irish Island

Off the Coast of Ireland sits Na Blascaoidí, or the Blasket Islands, a deserted Gaeltacht. Robert Kanigel's On an Irish Island is a beautiful love letter to a disappearing way of life. With the Irish language vanishing throughout the rest of Ireland, the Great Blasket in the early Twentieth Century became a magnet for scholars and writers drawn there during the Gaelic renaissance, to study and learn.

The author takes us through a story of love and friendship, literature and language. He immerses us in the fascinating culture of the islanders tucked away from the rest of civilization who kept alive an entire country's past, and in the newcomers and residents alike who would bring the island's remarkable story to the larger world.

Read more at Robert Kanigel's official site.

Shalayleigh Irish Dance

Shalayleigh Irish Dance are an all-female performance troupe based in South West England. The highly sought after dancers perform at a variety of community and private events and are looking for Irish dancers aged 17+ of preliminary/open championship standard to join the group. Rehearsals are in Bristol 1-2 times a week. Applicants interested in auditioning to join Shalayleigh Irish Dance should e-mail a CV and photograph to

In Love With The Dance

New Irish Dance sensation In Love With the Dance features some of Ireland's most gifted traditional musicians, vocalists and world class Irish dancers taking the audience on a journey of "love, sadness and exhilaration."

Upcoming shows include the Irish Heritage Center in Chicago on May 27th, and the Arcata Theater in St. Charles, Illinois on May 28th. From September – December 2011 , In Love with the Dance will be touring Europe / USA, a trip back to Ireland after their successful tour last year and also a massive 26-date tour of the UK starting in October.

Champion dancer Brian Donnelly, the Director/Producer of this 100% live show, will be holding auditions in England and Ireland on Saturdays July 16th and 30th, with rehearsals beginning in August. Applicants should email a CV and a full-length image to or for more information on their upcoming tours and shows visit

Dance of Desire - The New Beginning

To celebrate 21 years of Ceol Chiarrai Productions Ireland, we have been working over the last few months in updating the original Dance of Desire Irish dance Production and are now pleased to announce ‘Dance of Desire - The New Beginning’, which features a cast of Champion dancers and musicians, with an exciting twist in the storyline compared to its original. With new choreography and impressive Irish music and vocal performances, this new production is not to be missed. This groundbreaking Irish production challenges the boundaries of other Irish dance productions and has uniquely elevated the world of the Irish dance show to a new level.
Should any dancers, singers or musicians wish to audition for an opportunity to join the cast of 'Dance of Desire - The New Beginning' please send your CV along with a full-length photo via the audition section of our recently updated website:

We will be holding auditions in Dublin in the New Year with rehearsals beginning in February, 2011 with tours scheduled for Germany, Switzerland, U.S.A., South Africa, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand during 2011/2012.

During June, July and August 2011 we will have a resident production in Ireland.

All information on each of our various productions and tour dates, etc. can be found by visiting

Michael Londra Goes Beyond Celtic

On March 18, 2011 famed Irish singer Michael Londra will film a concert spectacular for PBS at The California Theater in San Bernardino, California.
With the tenor who came to fame as the lead voice of Riverdance on Broadway will be guest artists like Irish music superstars Frankie Gavin and De Dannan, the hugely talented Irish sisters Sephira, a 16-piece orchestra, choir and an audience of 1700 people in the historical music hall famous for its association with showman Will Rogers. The show will highlight Michael's repertoire, bridging the gap between Irish traditional music, classical crossover and the pop world. The show is being produced by Mindfox Productions and International Media who have produced many PBS broadcasts for artists like Clay Aiken, Celtic Thunder, and Blue Man Group. The show will be directed by Mark Lucas (Keith Urban, Black Crowes, Dave Matthews) and designed by Emmy winner and Irishman, John Casey (Moscow Eurovision, The Martha Stewart Show).

For tickets go to over the coming weeks. For further information go to

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