Monday, August 13, 2018

Telling Stories Through Music Part 1 by Grace Augustine #OurAuthorGang


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      I'm so excited about this new series I begin today! Writers are storytellers, but musicians are, too.  Today we begin a journey into the independent music realm. 
     Most of you will agree that books take us to unknown lands and put us in the middle of life issues and relationships that often become some of our best friends.
     Music and its stories, well, they transport our souls to a different plane. They soothe our spirits and bring joy to our lives.

     Today, I have the honor of introducing you to the Australian band SAOIRSE (pronounced SEER-sha).


     
     Since coming together in 2006 SAOIRSE have firmly established themselves as one of Australia's leading Celtic/Folk bands. They have produced 3 CD's and are currently recording number 4. They've appeared at many Festivals and events across Australia and are actively engaged with the Irish community, helping with fundraising and support. They have had many highlights so far in their musical journey.  In 2014 they received The Australian Celtic Music Awards for both album and song of the year
In 2015, SAOIRSE were invited to represent Ireland at the World Cricket Cup event staged at the Myer music bowl in Melbourne. 
       In August 2016 the band traveled to France to represent Australian Celtic music at the invitation of the Festival Interqueltic De LORIENT, the largest Celtic music festival in the world. 
      It was a great honour to be selected and to be part of such an amazing event. While in Europe the band played several gigs in Ireland, the Coleman centre, Sligo, Whelan's, Dublin, and An Culturlann, Belfast. 
     Most recently, SAOIRSE were honoured to play at a reception in Melbourne for Irish president, Mr. Michael Higgins. 
     2018 is shaping up to be another busy year with Festivals lined up and a new CD in the pipeline!
       With soaring harmonies, beautiful ballads sung in English and Irish, including original material, jigs and reels, and even the odd step dance, a SAOIRSE performance will engage and delight your inner Celt!


SAOIRSE are:
  Anthony O'Neill - Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
  Bernadette O'Neill - Bodhran, Vocals and feisty feet!
  Kerry Mc Manus - Accordion, Whistle, Vocals and feisty feet!
  Sile Coleman - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals

    They are close to releasing a new CD but are happy to promote ‘Music Evermore' which is available on  iTunes and CD baby. YouTube Saoirseoz.
Saoirse | Music Evermore

***Personal note:  Here is my favorite Saoirse song...
Molly Na Gcuach Ni Chuillleanain  Molly of the Dark Ringlets
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO8wi9ZGNvY

Please join me for part 2 of Telling Stories Through Music on August 27th.
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Shakyra

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I personally love using music to work on my writing, and I'm almost always playing instrumentals!
 
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Rebecca Tran

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I love celtic music i'll have to check them out thanks for the recommendation. My friend plays in a celtic band as well I'll have to pass it along to her.Thanks Grace. Can't wait to hear who's next.
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Rebecca Tran

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Grace Augustine shares how music tells stories and one of her favorite bands. Find out who they are on#OurAuthorGang  
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Ruth de Jauregui via Google+

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Grace Augustine​ opens her new series on #OurAuthorGang with a post about the award-winning Celtic/Folk band SAOIRSE (pronounced SEER-sha) from Australia. Stop by and check it out (and there's a link to Grace's favorite song!)
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Ruth de Jauregui

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Wonderful start to your new series!! Thank you, Grace!
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Joe Bonadonna via Google+

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Today on #OurAuthorGang, author Grace Augustine​ starts a new and wonderful series, "Telling Stories Through Music."
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Joe Bonadonna

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Grace, as a retired musician . . . I approve this series, lol! Gonna check out this band, too. Thanks for posting!
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Joanne Jaytanie via Google+

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Are you a Celtic music lover? Swing over and check out the group, Saoirse. #OurAuthorGang
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Joanne Jaytanie

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Welcome, Saoirse. I am a Celtic music. Looking forward to listening to your group.
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Erika M Szabo

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Lovely post Grace! I love Celtic ballads because much like Hungarian ballads, they tell wonderful stories.
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Chris Weigand

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Cool. I love celtic music. Another group to put on my listening list.
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Chris Weigand via Google+

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Musicians are storytellers to. Find out about some groups with Grace.
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Bernadette O'Neill

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Thanks Nikki for your lovely comments đŸ˜€ Bernadette/SAOIRSE
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Nikki McDonagh via Google+

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Check out an Australian band that plays Irish folk music.
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Nikki McDonagh

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Beautiful harmonies and authentic playing from the skilled musicians that are Saoirse. Being half Irish, I grew up with this kind of music. My dad could play any instrument he would pick up, sadly he didn't pass on his skills to his children. To make up for it, I married a musician. Lovely music guys.
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Toi Thomas via Google+

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Today, Grace Augustine​ introduces us to the Celtic music group, SAOIRSE, who enchant music lovers all over Australia and the world. #OurAuthorGang
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Lorraine Carey

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Sounds like an awesome group! I will have to checkout SAOIRSE. I love Celtic music and find it relaxing and inspiring when I write my novels. Thank you for sharing this group.
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Grace Au

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Bernadette, it's a delight having you as our guests today!
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Thank you so much for your continued support. We are delighted for the wonderful exposure and happily continuing our musical journey with our new CD to be released before the end of the year. Bernadette/SAOIRSE