November 26, 2006
Deirdre is one of the brightest new talents to emerge on the classical cross-over scene. This versatile singer, classically trained in Ireland at Dublin’s College
of Music, embarked on a solo career after an illustrious series of achievements in critically acclaimed singing groups and shows around the world.
Her music career began when she was welcomed into the exclusive Irish choir Anúna
, where she soon became a prominent soloist in concerts all over Europe, notably featuring on their album ‘Behind the Closed Eye’ with The Ulster Orchestra.
Deirdre was then chosen by Michael Flatley
to be the vocal soloist in his phenomenal show Lord of the Dance. Cast as ‘Erin the Goddess’, she performed over four years extensively in the USA, South America, Canada, and Mexico to great critical acclaim. Indeed she often returns to guest with this show. In 2002 she featured as the soloist with respected Irish American pianist Eily O’Grady on her sell-out US tour, paying tribute to Eily’s late husband Frank Patterson. Following her return, Deirdre joined forces with the legendary Dionne Warwick on her sweeping UK tour. Recent live performances have been with award-winning songstress Julie Feeney on her sell-out Irish tour.
Her performances have placed her on some of the world’s most prestigious stages such as The Royal Albert Hall (London), The Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), The Point Depot (Dublin), Grand Old Opry (Nashville), Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall (New York).
For Deirdre television appearances have been many, most notably the 'Celtic Tenors Special' for PBS TV that aired coast to coast in America and on prime-time German and Irish television. In 2003 Deirdre recorded the vocal soundtrack for the RTE historical TV documentary series called 'The Island'. This was subsequently released as an album. Deirdre’s live TV performances include the BBC's major annual event, 'Music Live', performing alongside Jamie Cullem, Bob Geldof, Brian Kennedy and Moya Brennan. Other TV appearances include CBS Morning News and Fox Morning TV (USA), The Jules Holland Show and The Proms (UK), The Late Late Show , The Gerry Kelly Show and Open House on Irish television.
Her ability to 'cross-over' diverse singing styles has made her equally comfortable performing and recording with a wide range of artists such as The Chieftains
, Michael Crawford and Elvis Costello and more recently with Air Supply on their new recording of ‘I’m All Out of Love’. Deirdre has featured as guest soloist with the ever-popular Celtic Tenors
for the last number of years and has toured with them in virtually every continent. She features extensively on their latest album 'We are not Islands' (Ireland)/ 'Remember Me' (Worldwide).
Recently Deirdre has been touring the USA as a soloist in the hit show Celtic Woman
which stayed at the top of the World Music Charts for a staggering 68 weeks, earning Deirdre a gold and platinum disc from EMI/Manhattan in the process. She left the show in February 2006 to begin work on her new album 'Deirdre Shannon' and to pursue her own solo career. She has just returned from a two week tour of the US with The Celtic Tenors, where she was promoting her new album. Immediate plans include touring Ireland and Europe with her new album, which has just received the 'Album Of The Year Award' from Scottish radio programme 'No Celtic Boundaries', as well as continued visits to the USA and Canada with The Celtic Tenors.
In the tradition of Celtic Woman, Deirdre Shannon has released her debute solo album "Deirdre Shannon" which contains 13 beautiful tracks to certainly fulfill your Celtic music collection with some of the best and brightest songs that we have heard on a debut album.
Deirdre has an unbelievable crystal clear voice that just shines through with emotion and clarity. Some of our favorite tracks are "Ae Fond Kiss", the Gaelic sung "Ardaigh Cuan" and the duet "The Prayer." Although perhaps our favorite, favorite selection was "I Know My Love" - a light hearted and fun song that will have you dancing and singing along in no time!
All in all, an excellent album that certainly shines by itself - displaying Deirdre Shannon's beautiful singing voice and alot of musical talent contained in each and every track.
If you are a Celtic Woman Fan, then there should be no question at all that you NEED to purchase this album to complete your collection. For those looking for a fresh and energic female vocalist from Ireland, look no further than Deirdre Shannon!