2002 Juno nominee Eileen
McGann is widely acclaimed as one of the best contemporary Canadian songwriters,
as well as one of the finest Celtic traditional singers anywhere. Add
to this a dynamic performance style, an infectious sense of humour and a singing
voice variously described as "magnificent", "stunning" and "hauntingly beautiful",
and you have an artist not to be missed.
Her songs paint
pictures, tell stories and poke fun at life's absurdities. A strong environmental
and social sensibility pervades much of her writing and her choice of traditional
material ranges from ancient ballads to rollicking songs of love and adventure.
Eileen has released
six solo recordings, all of which have received international five-star reviews.
Her 2002 CD “Beyond The Storm” is a stunning collection of songs
old and very new, and was nominated for a 2002 Juno Award for “Best Album:
Roots & Traditional.”
insightful lyrics and a powerful ability to make both her own and traditional
songs come alive for audiences: these qualities have made Eileen McGann a
mainstay at festivals across Canada, the US and Great Britain for almost two
decades. Eileen tours with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist sideman David K.,
on Irish bouzouki, bass, National tri-cone and harmony vocals.
Her live performances
have been featured on national radio programs in Britain, Canada and the U.S.,
including CBC's "Morningside" and "Gabereau", NPR's "Mountain Stage", and
"River City Folk"; a BBC Radio International broadcast from the mainstage
of the prestigious Cambridge Festival, and a BBC2 National broadcast from
the Sidmouth International Festival.She has played the major folk festivals
across Canada and Great Britain as well as Philadelphia and other U.S. Festivals.