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Show highlights Emerald Isle talent

March 11th, 2014 9:31 am by Entertainment Staff

Show highlights Emerald Isle talent

Some of Ireland's finest talent has been assembled to highlight the rich musical history of the Emerald Isle. The Women of Ireland have performed for three Irish presidents, three United States presidents, the queen of England and countless other world leaders.

The company members have performed across six continents and graced the stages of some of the world's greatest venues, including Moscow's Kremlin State Palace, the Beijing Opera House, Radio City Music Hall in New York, London's Hyde Park, the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Sydney Opera House, Egypt's Giza Pyramids and Ireland's two 80,000 capacity venues.

And, now, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the company will take the stage at Bristol's Paramount Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 12. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 for adults and $42 for seniors and students.

The Women of Ireland show contains original music and choreography and is an innovative and exciting full-stage concert production showcasing the next generation of Ireland's leading female performers.

The show highlights the tremendous talent that exists within Ireland's traditions of music, song and dance. The program will transport the audience to all that is Ireland as the performers showcase the revered qualities of traditional Irish dance and music.

Special significance is placed on depicting the pure qualities of Irish music in a contemporary setting.

The production's team includes Niamh Fahy and Niamh Gallagher on fiddle; Elena Marina as aerialist; and Kelly McDonnell as the principal dancer. Vocals are provided by The O'Neill Sisters.

The O'Neill Sisters, three siblings from County Kerry, Ireland, have traveled around the world, performing on international stages.

Fiona, Naomi and Evangeline O'Neill are a second generation singing sister group - their mom and aunts were a group in the 1970s.

Growing up in a remote part of southwest Ireland proved to be an inspiring backdrop for the girls, and the rainy Kerry days nurtured their creativity and love for music from a young age.

With endless music, dance and theatre classes, and countless hours spent in a local studio learning how to record and write songs and perfect harmonies, the girls began to dream of something bigger.

And, so, in 2005, the sisters recorded an album of traditional Irish songs that they released nationally, gaining them much exposure in magazines, and on television and radio, which led to opportunities to perform on stage with big Irish and UK pop acts and invitations to perform for political events in the United States.

The invitations to America subsequently led to a move for the girls, where they spent a few years living in New York and Los Angeles, living the life of their dreams, working and writing with big name songwriters and producers, walking red carpets, filming pilot reality shows and having one of their songs chosen as the Oscar Vanity Fair After Party theme song.

But despite their success in the U.S., they longed for their country home. They wanted to feel the peace of Kerry life, so they packed their bags and flew back to Ireland and discovered that the magic that first inspired the sisters' creativity was still very much there.

The sisters, happy to be back home, set about penning and recording a new album of original material, which they finished in a mere 13 days in a studio overlooking the Killarney Lakes.

For more information on the Women of Ireland, visit

To order tickets to the Paramount show, visit or call (423) 274-8920.

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