15 September @ 8.00 pm - 10.50 pm£5
Vancouver Island-based Eileen McGann has long been acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest singers and songwriters. She has been nominated for a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album, and was a 2011 nominee for a Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) as “Traditional Singer of the Year”. For more than 25 years she has toured across Canada, the US, Great Britain and Ireland, bringing her rich, poetic lyrics and soaring melodies to festivals, clubs and concert halls.
Born in Canada to Irish parents, she began her professional career as a singer of the traditional songs she grew up with, but soon also became known as an outstanding writer of songs that, while often showing Celtic influence, are strongly and distinctively Canadian.
Thematically, Eileen’s songwriting shows unusual breadth, from incisive political and environmental anthems, to story songs from modern and ancient sources; from celebrations of the Canadian wilderness to powerful songs of the spiritual journey. These diverse songs are united by strong, singable choruses, flowing melodies, rich humour, lyrical depth and a clear unified vision that make her in many ways a “songwriter’s songwriter”.
Known for her clear, expressive voice, powerful and literate songwriting as well as her rich interpretations of the songs of the Celtic traditions, Eileen McGann has been called “a Canadian national treasure” and her performances bring together the Celtic and Canadian traditions in a unique and striking way.
Born and raised in Ontario, Eileen spent a decade in Calgary before moving to Vancouver Island in 1999 and she continues recording and touring from there.