Canadian Celtic Choir presents "Songs to Fill Your Heart"www.celticchoir.ca/
As the Canadian Celtic Choir prepares for its first tour of Ireland in mid-July, this concert will feature much of the music that will be featured on the trip. Also, this concert marks the last London performance of the CCC conducted by Bill Zadorsky who is retiring after the Irish tour. Our special guest is Irish-American folk singer Kitty Donohoe.
The Canadian Celtic Choir is a London-based SATB choir of more than fifty voices and was founded in 1996 to sing and promote Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario. The Choir has provided the city of London and surrounding communities with high quality choral music for more than 20 years and has built a solid reputation as one of the most in demand choirs in this area. Since 2010 the CCC has been conducted by William “Bill” Zadorsky and accompanied by Jean Willadsen on piano. Our vocal coach, emcee, and co-conductor is Paul Grambo. Over the years the Canadian Celtic Choir has been recognized with several awards – Best Classical Vocal Group, London Music Awards (2008, 2009, 2010) and Most Popular Classical Choir, Forest City London Music Awards 2015.
Kitty Donohue creates music that merges her Irish and American roots. Backing herself on guitar, cittern and keyboard, she uses her 3-octave voice to sing earthy songs with beautiful melodies. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this Emmy award-winning songwriter was born into a large, creative family outside of Detroit and has been ‘making up’ songs for as long as she can remember. Describing her music as ‘folky, bluesy, Irishy, American, Canadianish’, Kitty draws from her roots to create music that is uniquely her own. With a love of language, an innate sense of melody, and the soul of a storyteller, she backs herself on piano, guitar and cittern with equal finesse, but she sees these skills as mostly providing the foundation for the music she writes, both songs and instrumentals. ‘Kitty creates a glorious sound’ (Sing Out! Magazine). Kitty’s latest CD, ‘The Irishman’s Daughter’, combines her original pieces with some traditional music and is getting great reviews. Kitty was the was the recipient of the Best Traditional Irish Solo Performer at the 2016 Michigan Music Awards.
‘Kitty is making a name for herself in Irish America and you can see why from the high quality of the work here.‘ (Irish Music Magazine).
Singing her songs with a ‘soaring voice’ (Victory Music Review) she often performs solo, but can ramp it up when joined by Canadian Len Wallace on accordion, Luke Panning on fiddle, or ‘uber multi-instrumentalist’ David Mosher on pretty much everything else. In 2002 Kitty was awarded an Emmy for her 9/11 song ‘There Are No Words’, which led to it’s use in a film and an appearance at the Pentagon for the dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.
“Kitty Donohoe is a true treasure – a rare songwriter with tremendous range, a beautiful voice and an ability to write haunting, melodic and literate songs. She deserves a wider audience.” – All Music Guide