Máiread Nesbitt - Hibernia (CD)

Máiread Nesbitt

For over a decade, Máiréad Nesbitt enchanted millions of fans around the world as the Celtic violinist and founding member of Celtic Woman. She was the featured violin soloist on 11 Celtic Woman albums, each achieving the coveted #1 slot on the Billboard World Music Chart, an Emmy nomination for the companion television specials and a Grammy nomination for the 2017 “Destiny” album.

For Máiréad, music is truly a life's work. She grew up in a musical family in Co.Tipperary her parents are music educators and all five of her siblings are accomplished musicians. Máiréad began playing piano at the age of four and picked up the fiddle two years later.

Máiréad began her professional career at 16 with the prestigious RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and her playing was featured on the original soundtracks of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames, touring the world as lead fiddle player with the Michael Flatley shows. She featured as a soloist on the soundtrack of the Disney film Tinker Bell. She also performed privately for HRH Princess Anne during her visit to Dublin in 2004.

Máiréad's distinctive blend of traditional Irish and classical styles earned her Irish Music magazine's title of Best Traditional Female, and has given her the opportunity to work with such acts as Nigel Kennedy, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Clannad, Emmylou Harris, Sharon Shannon, Paul Brady, Frances Black, Jimmy McCarthy and Dónal Lunny's Coolfin.

Máiréad has played at the White House, the Pentagon, the Kremlin and in some of the world’s most famous venues and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Radio City and Hyde Park.

The album is a solo fiddle album with orchestra, percussion (both from percussionists & foot percussion from a group of ‘Set Dancers’) which has never been done with symphony orchestra. This form of dancing is very percussive & primal. The music & dance rhythms for the Hibernia Suite on the album is solely from the Munster area where Máiread grew up.

The music in general on Hibernia the album ranges from beautiful slow airs, vocal, lively dance tunes to ferocious fast paced reels.

Guesting on Hibernia are Karl Nesbitt, Mick O’Brien, Kathleen and John Nesbitt, Seán Nesbitt, Noel Eccles, Nick Bailey, The Orchestra of Ireland, leader Kenneth Rice, conducted by Liam Bates. Vocal guest is the amazing tenor, Nathan Pacheco, singing the beautiful song To Bring Them Home from Heroes of the Helen Blake, an original song by Liam Bates, depicting the heroes of a shipwreck off the coast of Ireland. Foot percussion by Gráinne Uí Chaomhánaigh, Áine Cody, Bernie Sullivan and Coleman Lydon.


1 Hallowed Fire (2:50)
2 The First Sheaf (1:49)
3 Becoming (2:45)
4 Seán Ó Duibhir An Ghleanna (4:03)
5 The Ballydesmond Polkas (2:56)
6 Belles of Tipperary/The Star of Munster (2:34)
7 Merrily Kiss the Quaker/Denis Murphy's Slide (2:28)
8 To Bring Them Home (5:18)
9 Captain H (2:52)
10 Bovaglies Plaid (4:29)
11 The Butterfly (2:57)
12 There Is No Night (4:09)
13 The Dusk (4:07)
14 The Dark (3:13)
15 The Dawn (4:54)