Born in Dublin, Ireland, Los Angeles based Singer/Songwriter Mairéad has been bringing her music of integrity, vision and passion to audiences for many years. Mairéad enjoyed notable success with the bohemian pop collaboration she fronted; Too Cynical To Cry, which saw them touring alongside such luminaries as Van Morrison, Natalie Merchant, Elvis Costello, and Tracy Chapman, as well as on Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair Tour, off the back of the critically applauded debut album, What Are You Afraid Of?
After a period of artistic transition, Mairéad released her 2003 breakout solo debut recording Open The Door, garnering rave reviews and motivating one New York critic to conclude “I find myself getting drunk on her sparkling spirit. Open The Door is a sweet concoction of folk dusted with Celtic mysticism, and abstract romance in the spirit of Van Morrison.” Open The Door firmly established Mairéad as an accomplished voice joining a community of artists inspiring a positive movement through music and included extensive touring and major festivals notably Glastonbury, alongside Paul McCartney, Oasis and Radiohead among others and opening for Bob Dylan.
In 2005 Mairéad released Dawn Of Revelation recorded with Jim Goodwin (The Call, Sparks, John Cale) at Eggchair Studios in Hollywood. The album included contributions by drummer and percussionist Robert Medici (David Bowie, Lou Reed, John Cale), and bassist Hal Cragin (Iggy Pop, Rufus Wainright, Sarah McLachlan). Rounding out this stellar collective was Mairéad’s friend and collaborator, Jimi Zhivago (Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Ollabelle).
Following a 10 year sabbatical from performing and touring, while she focused on motherhood, Mairéad delivered Rain: How Beautiful The Sound, a work of remarkable beauty, layered with joy, pain, loss and redemption.
“Pain and passion are ineradicable from Mairead’s lucid and highflown but laconic vocal work and one will find a good deal of Goldfrappe, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Mary Fahl, Sarah McLachlan, and others in the mix. Mairead’s no heedless brightsider…We’re here, nothing can be done about that, but we have it within us to tread our way to better things.” Verita Vampirus review.
Mairéad’s vital new album, Burn For Love brings the maturity and depth of traveling on life’s teaching path. She was rejoined by Zhivago, Goodwin and Cragin together with legendary drummer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St Vincent). Her live performances have been captivating her loyal audiences for some time now. Her shows have been separately described as ‘spirited’, ‘naked’, ‘powerful’ and ‘joyous’.
More info: www.maireadmusic.com