Celtic Harpist Áine Minogue at Crawford Library in Dudley

IMG0033Celebrate the beauty of the summer solstice and the joys of summer with Irish harpist and singer Áine Minogue, live in concert at the Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 6:00.  Free and open to the public, the concert is made possible through the generosity of Friends of the Crawford Library.

As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal success both here and in Ireland, Áine Minogue is an artist who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence.  Her voice reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own and a diverse group of instruments that add to the traditional flavor of her work. Ireland’s The Guardian said “. . .  it is in performance that the real Áine Minogue emerges….through  her sheer talent as a musician and storyteller . . .” while critic Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe said  “beguiling  style . . . Áine Minogue’s harp was dark and beautiful.”

Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Áine moved from Ireland to the United States as an adult and settled in New England.  She continues to concentrate on the traditional music of her homeland, both as a soloist and collaborator, exploring the ancient art form, but adding her own creativity to each piece. She has entertained former Irish Presidents and Prime Ministers, and is a regular performer at folk festivals and concerts throughout the United States.

Áine has done extensive research into the Celtic wheel of the year traditions, including the summer solstice; and has unearthed some unusual and haunting selections from Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Ireland.

Áine’s recordings include The Twilight Realm, The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Lamentations and her latest Celtic Pilgrimage.  Numerous tracks of her music appear on compilations for such labels as BMG, Virgin, Rounder, and Putumayo in varying styles including Celtic, world, folk and new age. Her music videos have been aired on PBS’s “Out of Ireland” and she has provided music for a number of soundtracks as well as the major TV networks.

Enjoy some great photos of Áine, listen to some of her songs, read about the Irish harp, and so much more with a visit to www.minogue.com.

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