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Aine Minogue, Boston Irish Harpist and Celtic Culture Expert Biography

 

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Áine Minogue

Background

Born and raised in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, Áine Minogue is an award-winning harpist, singer, arranger and composer who has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers, as well as traveled extensively to perform at concerts across the United States and around the world. 

At the age of 12, while at boarding school in County Galway, Áine discovered her true love - the harp. After completing school, she spent three years developing her incomparable talent as a harpist at Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s most treasured landmarks and the perfect setting to accentuate the harp's emotional and lyrical connections to Irish history.

With a dozen solo album recordings to her credit, Áine has been nominated for several awards for her work as a record producer. Her recordings include Were You at the Rock, To Warm the Winter's Night, The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Circle of the Sun, The Twilight Realm, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Pilgrimage, Celtic Lamentations, and Close Your Eyes, Love. She also has collaborated on a series of music videos with filmmaker Michael Yip entitled Winter, A Celtic Meditation.

Áine’s music, in varying styles including Celtic, World, Folk, Spiritual and New Age, has appeared on compilations for industry labels such as BMG, Decca, Universal, Virgin Records, Windham Hill and Putumayo. Many of these albums have topped Billboard Magazine’s World, New Age and Classical Charts for months at a time. In addition, she has completed extensive soundtrack work for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and MTV.  

She has a Master’s Degree in Traditional Irish Harp Performance from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her music is on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. You can follow Áine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Áine Minogue ~ Eve

 

In a stirring departure from her past recordings, acclaimed Celtic harpist, vocalist, composer and arranger Aine Minogue will surprise – and soothe – listeners across the world with her new album entitled “Eve.”

 

Featuring a signature “fragile, lilting voice” throughout, Minogue’s fifteenth solo album contains 12 tracks that highlight her mesmerizing vocals, elegantly accompanied by her graceful play of the harp and skillful talents of renowned musicians Eugene Friesen on cello and strings; Jon Evans on bass, keyboards, percussion, guitar and mandolin; Seamus Egan on Irish whistles; Billy Novick on clarinet; and Alistair Halliday on harmony vocals.

 

A first for Minogue, the album is a compelling compilation of all original music written and composed by the award-winning singer and songwriter.  It offers a captivating collection of emotive and expressive songs including “Love’s Sweet Refrain,” “Warrior or Healer,” “Song of the Lark,” “Before the World Was Made” and “The Garden.”

 

According to Minogue, inspiration for her new album, with its striking vocal, rather than instrumental, prominence, has its origins in what she describes as the “many definitions and varied manifestations of Eve” ranging from an “archetypical version as the mother of humanity or ‘Biblical Eve,’” as Minogue notes, to “a theatrical ‘Hollywood Eve’ version as portrayed by the collage of feminine images in the 1950 Academy Award-winning movie ‘All About Eve.’”

 

Minogue says that the album’s opening track, which shares the same title as the movie, was written during a viewing of the “exceptional and influential” film and that its lyrics, like those of the other 11 songs, “convey my own experience or relationship with Eve; who she is or what she is, who she may be or what she may be.”

 

She adds, however, that “the lyrics also enable or encourage, or perhaps empower, listeners, both women and men, to think about or appreciate their own views or beliefs about Eve, as well; who she was or what she was, who she can be or what she can be.”

 

 


Press Reviews


Áine Minogue…. A breath of fresh Éire.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
 
Áine Minogue….a balm for our times.
BOSTON GLOBE
 
Musically compelling
LA TIMES
 
Somewhere between listening and dreaming, between classical and folk, between myth and history, you’ll find Áine Minogue’s music
WORCESTER GAZETTE
 
Anyone who’s skeptical of the concept of heaven as a place where eternity is spent listening to harp music should hear this.  Áine Minogue proves beyond reasonable doubt why the harp is indeed the instrument of angels.
LA TIMES (pick of the week – 4 stars (maximum)
 
She has a fragile, lilting voice that wraps around the mostly Gaelic lyrics like a gently windblown satin sheet.
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
 
...Áine pushes her art to the edge of her music. She embraces a traditional core and re approaches 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
 
...The beauty of her poetry and music evokes images from the misty past celebrating the seasonal feasts of the Celtic world. Her creativity shines...
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
 
This Irish harpist combines a hypnotic Celtic spirituality and contemporary sophistication in her playing and delicately lovely singing.
BOSTON GLOBE
 
Áine Minogue proves beyond reasonable doubt why the harp is indeed the instrument of angels
LA TIMES (Pick of the week)
 
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 (Review of the album 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.  Review of 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 
 
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.  (Review of 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.
(Review of a live show)

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]

Career Highlights


  • New England Emmy Nomination (Best Producer) for the TV Special “A Winter’s Journey”
  • NAR Lifestyle’s “Celtic Album of the Year” (2005, Celtic Lamentations)
  • Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance (First Class Honors)(University of Limerick, 2002)
  • Numerous albums on major and indie labels (www.aineminogue.com)
  • FIMA Nominations for record production
  • Extensive performance resume 
  • Ongoing member of the New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster and Education programs
  • Owner and artistic Director of the production company DruidStone
  • Compilation tracks for labels include Warner Brothers, Universal, BMG, Windham Hill, Putumayo and Narada – many of which remained on the Billboard World Music charts for several months.
  • Numerous Television soundtracks on NBC, ABC and UPN, The WB and Fox (ongoing); Appearances on PBS soundtracks and videos
  • Owner and director of Little Miller Music, a publishing company specializing in film and TV placement. 
  • Music Videos “Gaire na mBan” and “Goodnight to You” – billboard chartings and Video Pools
  • Sample 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)
  • Music featured on Irish Tourist Board promotional programming 
  • Worked with Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue at performance spaces and retreat centers including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Kripalu Retreat Center (“Beauty of the Mind”)
  • Performed for several Irish presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson (one of Aine’s great heroes) as well as several Irish Prime ministers and other dignitaries (Duchess of York, Senator George Mitchell (ME)
  • Numerous interviews and airplay on NRP, including “The World” with Lisa Mullins and specialty programming
  • Print media coverage; Billboard, Boston Globe, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News

Awards and Honors


2005  Celtic Album of the Year ("Celtic Lamentations") NAV

2005  Top Ten Folk Albums ("Celtic Lamentations")  Boston Globe 

Numerous NAV nominations including, "Celtic Album of the Year" "Album of the Year" and "Vocal Album of the Year"

1995  Top Ten Folk Albums ("To Warm the Winter's Night") Boston Globe 

New England Emmy Nomination for TV Production "A Winter's Journey" 

New England Touring Roster Artist (nefa.org) Ongoing

Music featured at National Hospice Association Convention Assembly (“Celtic Lamentations”) 

Parents Choice Award recipient ("Close Your Eyes, Love")

Massachusetts Cultural Council, Gold Star Nominee ("Close Your Eyes, Love")

New England Touring Roster Artist (nefa.org) Ongoing

Music featured at National Hospice Association Convention Assembly (“Celtic Lamentations”) 

Parents Choice Award recipient ("Close Your Eyes, Love")

Massachusetts Cultural Council, Gold Star Nominee ("Close Your Eyes, Love")