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Next UK tour - Eileen McGann, solo - August and September 2017

Soundclips:Turn it Around; Braw Sailing on the Sea; Waterfall -- Eileen's website

"What would you say to song writing a la Stan Rogers allied to a voice of like ilk to Mary Black?... Eileen's voice has a stunning immediacy & power that threatens to overwhelm the unwary listener with its sheer exquisiteness." — fRoots.

Eileen is one of Canada's foremost songstresses, equally at home with her own self-written songs or interpreting the tradition. Her voice is as clear as a lark but has the strength of an eagle. Eileen is the ultimate musical conundrum, the eco-warrior, conscious of the issues of today, but not intimidated by traditional ballads of yesterday.

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.

"Pocketful of Rhymes confirms McGann as one of Canada’s most accomplished contemporary folksingers whose embrace extends far beyond our national borders." - therecord.com

Soaring vocals, 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.

Also a fine artist, this Youtube video of Eileen's song Rushing River is illistrated with images from her own paintings and sketches.

Eileen has seven solo CDs and her CD, Beyond the Storm, was nominated for a Juno Award for “Best Album: Roots & Traditional.” (Canada's Emmys).

"One of folk music's breathtaking voices... her songs range from Celtic and traditional to very contemporary and topical... A gifted lyric poet and musical composer whose gorgeous vocals make her a must-see performer." — Songstreet, Boston, USA.

Eileen McGannHer live performances have been featured on national radio programmes 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.

REVIEW Pocketful of Rhymes (Dragonwing Music)
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therecord.com

Eileen McGann would be the first to admit Pocketful of Rhymes has been a long time coming. Nonetheless, her seventh solo studio album, which she co-produced with longtime collaborator David K, rewards the wait.

Accompanying herself on guitar, McGann’s fresh, vibrant soprano has never sounded better. Joined by K on backup vocals, guitars, bass, bouzouki and mandolin and augmented by an acoustic ensemble and sextet of harmony vocalists, Pocketful of Rhymes offers a richly satisfying aural experience.

But it’s the songwriting that makes the album special, not unlike the West Coast singer/songwriter’s previous releases. The baker’s dozen of traditional Celtic songs and originals explore love and romance, nature and spirituality, life and afterlife, self awareness and topical politics.

Pocketful of Rhymes confirms McGann as one of Canada’s most accomplished contemporary folksingers whose embrace extends far beyond our national borders."

 

As with many performers who are muti-talented creative people. Eileen is also a very fine artist with a range of paintings for sale. See her art. Her new songbook is illustrated throughout with her sketches.

Tour dates booking now for August and September 2017

AUGUST

30th
Llantrisant Folk Club
Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, Castan Road/Palalwyf Avenue, Pontyclun CF72 9EH

31st
Bromsgrove Folk Club
Catshill Social Club, 13 Meadow Road, Catshill, Bromsgrove B61 0JJ

SEPTEMBER

1st
Beehive Folk Club
The Beehive, 16 Union Street, Harthill, Sheffield, S26 7YH

4th
Not the White Horse Folk Club, Beverle
y - Tenporarily at Conservative Club, Wylies Road

6th
Whitby houseconcert

7th
York FC
Black Swan, Peaseholme Green, York, YO1 7PR

8th
Potteries Folk Club, Blythe Bridge
Foxfield Railway Station, Caverswall Rd, Blythe Bridge, ST11 9BG

12th
St Neots Folk Club
The Priory Centre, St Neots PE19 2BH

13th
Faversham Folk Club
The Limes, Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8PG

15th
Deal FC
The Royal Marines Club, Walmer, Deal, Kent, CT14 7DX

22nd
Doncaster Roots MusicClub
The Ukrainian Centre, 48, Beckett Road, Doncaster, DN2 4AD

25th
Glenfarg Folk Club, Scotland
'Backstage at the Green' Hotel, 2 The Muirs, Kinross, Perthshire KY13 8AS

26th
Glasgow, Star Folk Club
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA

27th
Irvine Folk Club
Vineburgh Community Centre, Quarry Road, Irvine KA12 0PS