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Áine Minogue
Arlington, Massachusetts 02474
United States
Metro Area: Boston
Booking and Information
Telephone: 781-641-0903
Email: aine@minogue.com
Website: www.minogue.com
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Genres:

  • Celtic

  • Irish

  • Scottish

  • Some Early Music - Original Also

Categories:

  • Harpist

  • Singer

  • Entertainer

  • Songwriter

  • Composer

  • Arranger

  • Record Producer

Harps:

Celtic, Irish

Local Travel: 3000 miles
Travel extensively throughout the US
International Gigs: Yes

Performing Since:

1992

Also Provide Music Group: Yes
Available with Harp:
  • Flute

  • Fiddle

  • Percussion

  • Keyboards (for an orchestral lush effect)

  • Irish Dancers also available upon request

Description:

WHAT CONCERT PRESENTERS SAY ABOUT AINE MINOGUE

   

"Áine Minogue delivers the entire package. - Speaking as a presenter, with Ms. Minogue on the bill, I rest assured that the show will be smooth, satisfying and most professional. Áine is one of the most gracious and approachable performers I have had the pleasure of working with. Between gorgeous paintings of musical scenery, Áine gives to her audience - through her stories - lovely sketches of life in Ireland.

   

Ethereal Irish harp and vocals are juxtaposed with earthy tales spiked with impish humor."
NATICK CENTER FOR THE ARTS, MA, MIKE MORAN - booker

   

"Describing a performance by Áine is to describe a sort of exotic journey within....for her MUSIC transports you to a place of archetypical memory. She peels away the layers of the readily visible and gets to a sweet fruit which feeds the SOUL."
Mary Lou Philbin/OSSIAN USA, NH Presenter

   

"...Áine pushes her art to the edge of her music. She embraces a traditional core and reapproaches it, wrapping it in new and exciting clothing. She's a terrific musician, with an uncanny ability to connect with her audience."
BRIAN O'DONOVAN
WGBH RADIO, BOSTON

Biography:

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.

Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Áine's large musical family encouraged her to pursue a number of different instruments during her youth (which explains her obvious skill at arranging). They played together as a family and attended fleadhs (traditional music festivals). But it was at the age of twelve while at boarding school in County Galway that Áine discovered her true love - the harp - which she decided to pursue in lieu of the others.

Áine moved to the United States and settled in New England and continues to concentrate on the traditional music of her homeland, both as a soloist and collaborator. Áine takes the ancient art form, extensively explores its underpinnings but adds her own creativity to each piece.

Some Facts about Aine Minogue
 

  • MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance (Honors)(University of Limerick, 2002)

  • Numerous albums on major and indie labels. Please visit our web site for details

  • FIMA Nominations for record production

  • Extensive performance resume

  • New England Emmy Nomination (Best Producer) for the TV Special “A Winter’s Journey” (2001)

  • Ongoing member of the New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster and Education programs

  • Owner and artistic Director of the production company DruidStone http://www.druidstone.com

  • Compilation tracks for labels include Warner Brothers, Universal, BMG, Windham Hill, Putumayo and Narada – many of which remained on the Billboard World and New Age Music charts for several weeks

  • Numerous Television soundtracks on NBC, ABC and UPN, The WB and Fox (ongoing); Appearances on PBS soundtracks and videos

  • Music Videos “Gaire na mBan” and “Goodnight to You” – billboard chartings as well as video pools

  • Radio Chartings as follows: College (#6 CMJ World Music Chart); NPR; folk/new acoustic; acoustic shows (#4 New Age Radio Charts); world music shows (#6 CMJ New World Music Chart); Celtic (#3 Celtic Music Chart)

  • Extensive teaching experience

Repertoire Sample:

  • Celtic - most Celtic pieces arranged in a contemporary style or original compositions/songs with Celtic influences.

  • Traditional Irish

  • Traditional Scottish

  • some early music/Renaissance
    (MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance, University of Limerick, 2002)

    See album listings for a full musical discography:
    http://www.minogue.com/albums

Desired Events:
  • Movie Soundtrack

  • Private Party

  • Studio Session

  • TV Soundtrack

  • Wedding

  • Aine plays mostly concerts, corporate events and is also available for private functions. Please contact bpmeyers@minogue.com for further details

 Price:

Varies greatly depending on number of people required and distance, numbers of shows, etc. Please call (781) 641-0903 or email for costs bpmeyers@minogue.com

Visit my Website:

www.minogue.com

 

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Reviews
...Áine Minogue proves beyond reasonable doubt why the harp is indeed the instrument of angels...
LA TIMES (Pick of the week)

...this Irish harpist combines a hypnotic Celtic spirituality and contemporary sophistication in her playing and delicately lovely singing...
BOSTON GLOBE

...Minogue’s ethereal voice caresses her Gaelic lyrics like a breeze through Irish mists, but her sound is more organic, mixing her own Celtic harp with acoustic guitars, cello, fiddles, flutes, and percussion from Irish bodhrans to Indian tables...
 
...Áine Minogue is close enough to her Celtic sources to be nourished by them, but not so close that they root her to the spot...
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

…Beauty, grace, passion, and excellence are the hallmarks of this fabulous album. Don't miss it...(Between the Worlds)
NEW AGE VOICE

...each piece is a rich collaboration, with various musical voices, fiddle, bass, table, djembe, even didgeridoo - layered like jewels on glass... (Circle of the Sun)
TIME OUT, NEW YORK

...exquisite Celtic music that encompasses the old and the new in a jaunt through the seasons. Very highly recommended...(Circle of the Sun)
SONGWRITER'S MONTHLY

...This lovely album (Between the Worlds) seamlessly draws on classical, traditional, and contemporary influences. More important, it evidences the spiritually healing quality of Celtic music, which helps explain the genre's remarkable worldwide popularity...
THOM DUFFY
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

...I'll bet she puts a spell on you...
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX

...a haunting and beautiful creation.... on the of the most unusual, original and beautiful Christmas (or should I say Holiday) Albums to appear in a long time... (To Warm the Winter’s Night)
THE IRISH ECHO

...Áine Minogue is a most versatile singer and harpist, a craftsman of balance, taste and skill, always conscientious and reasoned, and beautiful in her art...
CELTIC BEAT

...Ms. Minogue is at home with love songs sung in Gaelic, the foot-tapping rhythms of jigs, reels, and Irish hornpipes, those plucked from Irish history, and the classical music of the masters. She's at home with Irish music based on the rhythms of Bach, with her own compositions, with the music of contemporary composers, and the music of great Irish composers...
SOUTH SHORE NEWS

...Minogue has succeeded in stunning audiences with both her harp playing and her angelic voice...
THE PATRIOT LEDGER

RECORDINGS
Solo Albums
Celtic Lamentations CD
Celtic Lamentations
 
Celtic Meditation Music
The Twilight Realm
Between The Worlds
circle of the sun
The Mysts of Time
Celtic Moon
To Warm the Winters Night
A Celtic Holiday Celebration

With Druidstone (Band)
The Vow
the spirit of christmas

Compilations
exotica
Celtic Spirit
Dublin to Dakar
A Winter's Tale
Diamond - Renew June 1, 2009
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