Méav Ní Mhaolchatha

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Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
Born Donnybrook, County Dublin, Ireland
Genres Celtic, Folk, Classical
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, harp, piano
Labels Celtic Collections
Manhattan
Warner Music
Associated acts Celtic Woman, Anúna
Website www.meav.ie

Méav Ní Mhaolchatha (/ˈmv n ˈwlxɑːhɑː/ MAYV nee WAYL-khah-hah), mononymously known as Méav, is an Irish singer, songwriter and recording artist specialising in the traditional music of her homeland. She was one of the original soloists in the musical ensemble Celtic Woman, which has sold over six million albums. Her solo albums have reached the Billboard World Music Top 10. She sings in multiple languages: English, Irish, French, Latin, Italian and German.

Early life[edit]

Méav was born in Donnybrook, County Dublin, Ireland, and attended an Irish-speaking school. She spent four years at Trinity College and graduated with a degree in law. She acquired a post graduate qualification in arts administration and then worked for Music Network in the organizing of cultural events.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

Méav has a husband named Tom and two daughters named Anna and Catherine.

Music career[edit]

Meav came from a musical family and began singing at a young age. She began singing professionally shortly after graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a law degree.

Between 1994 and 1998 Méav was a member of the Irish chamber choir Anúna.[1] As a choral singer and soloist, she recorded four albums with Anúna: Omnis (1995), Omnis Special Edition (1996), Deep Dead Blue (1996), and Behind the Closed Eye (1997).[2] In 2006 a collection of her solo and choral work with Anúna, Celtic Dreams, was released on Valley Entertainment Records. She appeared as a member of Anúna in Riverdance: The Show.

She subsequently toured the United States as a soloist with the Irish RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She also toured South Africa as a soloist with Lord of the Dance.

She recorded her first and eponymous solo album in 1999 which had global success and led to concert tours in Japan and South Korea.

Méav gained musical stardom as a founding member of the group Celtic Woman in 2004. Her singing is a prominent element of Celtic Woman's three CDs, Celtic Woman, Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, and Celtic Woman: A New Journey. In 2005, Méav was expecting her first child and took maternity leave to await the birth of her first daughter, Anna. During tours, she was replaced by Irish singer Deirdre Shannon. In 2006, she returned to record the New Journey CD and DVD and toured extensively with the group in the US and Japan in 2006 and 2007. She has been featured in Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey Essential Collection.

In 2007, following the filming of Celtic Woman's Christmas DVD at the Helix, Dublin, Méav left Celtic Woman to concentrate on her solo career. She performed a series of solo concerts in New England, USA.

In 2009, she returned to the stage performing in her native Dublin to rave reviews. She also gave birth to her second daughter Catherine and recorded "Where the Sunbeams Play" for the Disney film Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.

In 2010, she was a special guest of Órla Fallon's Celtic Christmas concert in Nashville singing "Do You Hear What I Hear?" in a duet with Fallon, her solo version of "O Holy Night" accompanied by harp and the finale song "Here We Come A-wassailing" with the rest of the cast including American singing stars David Archuleta and Vince Gill, recorded, aired on PBS and released on CD and DVD.

Méav participated in a concert of world music at Chambord Castle, France, entitled "Divinas", along with Yulia Townsend and Persian-born Israeli singer Rita. Méav also featured as a guest soloist on the Celtic Woman Christmas album Home for Christmas. This was the first time Méav had appeared with Celtic Woman since she left the group in 2007. Méav was also featured in the Celtic Woman PBS special, Home for Christmas, which was recorded on the 7th of August, 2013. In January 2012, Méav took part in the television special, Quest Beyond the Stars which took place at Abbey Road Studios, London. She released a new solo album, The Calling, on Warner Music in Autumn 2013.

Discography[edit]

Title Release Record label
Méav 1999 Celtic Collections
Silver Sea 2002
Celtic Woman 2005 Manhattan Records
Celtic Dreams [I] 2006 Valley Entertainment
A Celtic Journey 2006 Manhattan
Celtic Woman Presents: Méav [II] 2006
Celtic Woman: A New Journey 2007
Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas 2012
The Calling 2013 Warner Music Group

I. ^ Titled "with Anúna". II. ^ Re-release and rearrangement of Méav.

References[edit]

  • "Meav". CelticWoman.com. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  • Elliot, R W (28 September 2002). "Méav Interview". MusicalDiscoveries.com. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

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