Sun, Feb 19|
Music inspired by Folk Traditions with famous Irish Fiddle Master, Winifred Horan
Time & Location
Feb 19, 2023, 3:00 PM
Newport Beach, 801 Narcissus Ave, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625, USA
About The Event
Winifred Horan was born in New York City, New York, to Irish parents and studied piano (taught by her father, a carpenter and musician) and Irish fiddle, playing at a young age. She graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied classical violin, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado. She played with multiple orchestras, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, and with string quartets, before joining the all-female Celtic music ensemble, "Cherish the Ladies" in 1990. She co-founded Solas in 1994, performing on fiddle and as a vocalist. On her participation in Solas and, in particular, touring with the group, Horan expressed in a 2008 interview: "Traveling the world with Solas has been one of the best things about being in the band."
Outside of her work with Solas, Horan was a member of and toured with The Sharon Shannon Band, and also performed with Irish singer-songwriter Pierce Turner. She was "featured fiddler" on "When Juniper Sleeps", a 1996 solo album by Séamus Egan, and co-writer of certain tracks for the 1995 film "The Brothers McMullen". She is also a nine-time champion Irish stepdancer and an All-Ireland fiddle champion, having won an All-Ireland Junior Championship at age eleven. In a December 2001 interview, Horan identified Liz Carroll, Seamus Egan, and Sharon Shannon as her top musical influences.
Horan released her first solo album, "Just One Wish", in October 2002 on Shanachie Records. In 2006, she and fellow Solas member Mick McAuley, an accordionist, released "Serenade" on Compass Records, with covers of "After the Gold Rush" by Neil Young and "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan. Siobhán Long, writing for The Irish Times, listed "Serenade" as fifth on her list of top five Irish traditional music albums released in 2006. Horan composed two of the album's tracks: "Little Mona Lisa" and "A Daisy in December", which was featured during the third season of the American reality television competitive dance series "So You Think You Can Dance".
Horan lives in Dover, New Hampshire and is currently a member of the faculty of The New England Conservatory.
Such is the versatility of the Consort that not only make that work, but they pull it off with style. This unique violin octet performs on eight scaled violins from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello. That broad palette of instruments helps the ensemble produce an astonishing range of sounds.
With performances in Corona del Mar and Encinitas, this program is sure to please the whole family. Don´t miss it!