|Birth name||Órlagh Fallon|
24 August 1974 |
Knockananna, County Wicklow, Ireland
Early life and education
Fallon was born in Knockananna, Ireland. She plays the harp and sings traditional Irish music, most often in the Irish language. Fallon studied at Mater Dei Institute of Education, in Dublin. She has performed for the Pope, the President of Ireland and at Carnegie Hall.
Her debut album, The Water is Wide, was released in Europe in 2000 and in North America in 2006. In 2005, she was featured on The Duggans album Rubicon along with peers Moya Brennan and other members of Clannad.
In 2004, Fallon sent a demo offer to composer David Downes, who was then working on the concept of Celtic Woman. Due to her unique vocal abilities, Downes contacted Fallon and asked if she would like to be a part of Celtic Woman, then only envisaged to be a one-night show. Fallon agreed, and became one of the founding members of the group. In some songs, Fallon has performed the harp as well as singing - some examples of the songs she has performed are "Isle of Innisfree" and "Carrickfergus". She has also performed the harp for fellow Celtic Woman member Chloe Agnew's performance of Guun's "Ave Maria".
Fallon was featured in the self-titled debut album Celtic Woman, Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration and Celtic Woman: A New Journey, as well as in the tie-in PBS television specials and DVDs filmed in 2004, 2007, and 2006 respectively. She also toured with the group in 2005 on the inaugural North American Tour, the 2006-07 A New Journey tour, and again in 2007-08 on the second A New Journey tour.
In 2009, Fallon announced that she would be leaving Celtic Woman to have a full break and spend time with her family, and was replaced as a member of Celtic Woman by actress and vocalist Alex Sharpe.
In 2009, Fallon appeared as a guest vocalist on Jim Brickman's "It's a Beautiful World" tour and PBS special, and released her second album Distant Shore in September of that year. This was followed in March 2010 with her third album Music of Ireland: Welcome Home. In December 2010, Fallon released a PBS Celtic Christmas special and tie-in CD, titled Órla Fallon's Celtic Christmas, the first time any former Celtic Woman member had starred in their own PBS special. In this special, as well as Fallon's own songs, there were also songs which featured a few guest singers, including former fellow Celtic Woman member Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, in which they sang a duet together ("Do you hear what I hear"), and American Idol runner up David Archuleta, who joined Fallon on stage to perform "Silent Night", "Pat a Pan", and the finale song of "Here we come A-Wassailing", which Ní Mhaolchatha was also featured in. This was the second Christmas album she recorded, the first being Winter, Fire & Snow: A Celtic Christmas Collection in September 2010.
She married her husband John and together they have a son Freddie.
- Órla Fallon: The Water is Wide (2000 EURO) (2006 U.S.)
- Celtic Woman (March 2005)
- Rubicon (The Duggans album) (2005)
- Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration (October 2006)
- Celtic Woman: A New Journey (January 2007)
- Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey (October 2008)
- Jim Brickman's "It's a Beautiful World" (2009)
- Órla Fallon: Distant Shore (September 2009)
- Music of Ireland: Welcome Home (March 2010)
- Winter, Fire & Snow: A Celtic Christmas Collection (September 2010)
- Órla Fallon's Celtic Christmas (November 2010)
- Órla Fallon: My Land (March 2011)
- Lullaby Time (2012)
- "Past Members of Anúna 1997 to 2009". Anuna.ie. 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
- "Orla takes brave decision to leave her comfort zone". herald.ie. March 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- "Jim's Musical Guests - Beautiful World Tour 2009". jimbrickman.com. 2009.
- "Today with Pat Kenny". rte.ie/radio1/todaywithpatkenny/. 10 March 2010. Links to audio clips found on Fallon's official website
- OrlaFallon.com - Official website
- Profile at CelticWoman.com
- Órla Fallon at the Internet Movie Database
- Crossover - Jill Pasternak interview (18 March 2006)