Grammy award winner Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra to Teach at Spanish Peaks September 20-23
Grammy award winner Moya Brennan is the eldest of 9 children born into an exceptionally gifted musical family. She has been the lead singer of Clannad since 1975, releasing 18 albums with the group, including two with world famous sister Enya. Simultaneously Moya has managed to parallel an incredible solo career, with 7 albums to her name. Overall her career to date includes over 20 albums, numerous film scores and performances with many great artists such as The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan and Bono. Besides her solo work Moya is both vociferous and active in her championing of Irish arts and culture abroad.
Cormac De Barra is renowned internationally as a versatile harp virtuoso. He has continuously pushed the boundaries of the Irish harp through is work and collaborations with an extensive range of artists including Hazel O’Connor, Julie Ashley Davis and Clannad. He writes and records regularly with his family group Barcó and hosts master classes world-wide in his spare time.
Over the years Moya and Cormac’s reverence for one another has grown strong and they have forged a powerful musical relationship. The past decade has seen the musicians unite their creativity on several projects. Along with their collaborative albums, ‘Voices and Harps’ (2011) and Affinity (2013).
In yet another musical collaboration, Moya and Cormac are about to release the new Crannua Collective CD. A collection of newly written songs and tunes all rooted in the Irish tradition, but with a contemporary touch. The collective also features Ashley Davis, Colin Farrell, Dave Curley, John Doyle, Mick McAuley, Éamonn De Barra and Cathy Jordan.
Moya and Cormac and many of their friends will perform and teach at The Spanish Peaks Celtic Music fest September 20-31. Details at www.CelticMusicFest.com
More Festival information
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival September 20-23, La Veta, Walsenburg, Cuchara and Gardner, Colorado.
Performers and Instructors include: “The Voice of Clannad” Moya Brennan, Cormac De Barra, Heron Valley, One for the Foxes, Tadgh Ó Meachair, Joanna Hyde, Dave Curley, Kevin Crawford, Patrick Doocey, Colin Farrell, Ed Miller, Robbie O’Connell, Máirtín de Cógaín, Joey Abarata, Dylan Foley, Patsy O’Brien, Take Down the Door, John Crumlin, Timothy Cummings, Dirk Mewes,Tanya Perkins, David Kolacny, Debbie Kolacny, Jim Remington, David Migoya. Four days (and nights) of Music, Dance, Singing, Storytelling with Concerts, Workshops, Demos/Talks, Sessions, and comradery.
Some events FREE including opening day music session and picnic (byop) at UpTop ghost town on La Veta Pass and Friday Street Fest in Walsenburg. See the website for times, dates, locations and prices and free stuff http://celticmusicfest.com/