Cathy Maguire to launch album ‘Ireland In Song’ at NY Irish Center
Songstress attributes burst of creativity to new home amongst many Irish Americans in Sunnyside
The Dundalk songstress, discovered at a very early age and recording ever since, sees this new album as a big departure from her normal Country music style. After her college education, Maguire was commissioned to move to Nashville where she recorded an album entitled ‘Portrait’ in 2009. The album was released by Celtic Collections, the studio that also released the hugely successful ‘Celtic Woman’.
‘Portrait’ brought Maguire much critical acclaim including 4 out of 5 stars on Hot Press and she began to carve out a name for herself on the cut-throat Nashville scene touring with ‘The High Kings’ and opening for Martina McBride.
‘Country Music is definitely where I feel at home’, said Maguire, who’s musical writing partner in Nashville is none other than Roger Cook of ‘Cook and Greenaway’ fame. ‘But I have been based in New York City for 3 and a half years now and I am amazed by the opportunities that have been thrown my way. Together with Andy Clancy, I have shot and filmed commercials for the iconic Fitzpatrick hotels which are a real source of pride for us. It’s a city where you can have your fingers in many pies and I have done things I could have never dreamed of anywhere else and met so many wonderful people’.
Despite this, the country star states that she sometimes felt ‘overwhelmed’ living in the manic streets of Manhattan culminating in a recent move to Sunnyside, Queens where she claims to be ‘musically inspired’ by the surprisingly high number of Irish musicians that reside there.
‘I have to thank Donie Carroll and Stephen Murphy for introducing me to Sunnyside. It really has been a revelation for me but I think Donie may have some sort of a master plan by bringing all us musicians together’, laughed Maguire from her new home on Skillman Avenue.
‘He has become a musical guru for many Irish people in New York and I think he has something to do with so many of us living in Sunnyside! But it really has been so inspiring for me living here. It’s a great feeling for me to be around young musicians and songwriters like Paul Byrom, Donie Carroll, Sean Henshaw, Cillian Vallely. Mickey Coleman plays a lot in Sunnyside too. I studied the world renowned piper Paddy Keenan when I was in college and now he regularly performs in Murphy’s Bar right here in my neighbourhood.
Each week I am more and more pleasantly surprised by what Sunnyside has to offer. I just have to walk down the street to meet some fantastically talented people or else just go down the street to Murphy’s Bar to hear them play. I think there’s something special going on here and I’m delighted to be a part of it. I feel so creatively inspired and I get this rare feeling of being in the right place at the right time’.
Maguire’s musical roots still belong to the country scene however, and the gifted singer has signed on to record another album in Nashville which is being produced by her long-time mentor and friend ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement. Clement is a legendary name on the Nashville scene, having previously wrote and produced songs for musical giants like U2, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis to name but a few.
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