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20 September 1962 |
Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
Fionnuala Sherry (born 20 September 1962) is an Irish violinist and vocalist. She makes up the female part of the New Instrumental duo Secret Garden, which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 with the predominantly instrumental piece "Nocturne".
Sherry's violin playing started at the age of eight. She graduated with honours from the College of Music of Trinity College, Dublin having moved to Dublin at the age of fifteen in order to continue her musical education. Her professional career started with a ten-year stint as a member of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Sherry has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including The Chieftains, Sinéad O'Connor, Van Morrison, Chris de Burgh, Bono and Wet Wet Wet. She has also recorded several Hollywood film scores with the Irish Film Orchestra, including A Room with a View, and The Mask.
Her instrument of choice, for both live and studio work, is an English John Edward Betts violin from 1790, with a Hill bow.
Sherry has written and presented a musical children's television show on Irish national television, based on a concept she invented herself. In 2010 She released a solo album Songs from Before in Ireland. The album is being released in the United States and Canada by Hearts of Space Records in the Spring of 2011.
Sherry broke both her arms after tripping while walking in Dublin in February 2015. She said it may have serious implications for her musical career, but she is confident of returning to full fitness.
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- Barry Egan (2015-03-08). "'I know I'll play again' - Eurovision winner and fiddle player who broke both her arms". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
Paul Harrington with Charlie McGettigan
|Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest