Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh – Imeall
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Gravatar (262) Bernd Binnefeld
Sun, 14 June 2015 13:22:30 +0000

Hallo Mairead
Ich wünsche Dir auf Deiner Sommertour alles Gute und viel Erfolg

(261) John Snigg
Mon, 1 June 2015 17:45:08 +0000

Hi Mairead,

I hope this finds you well as you are winding down your whirlwind tour, from what I can see Altan has really been playing the music far and wide.

I wanted to say first how much I appreciate your music and your voice, both being real healing and enlivening gifts you have been given and share with others. I would have liked to have attended your Gettysburg concert, but was under the weather at the last moment. Anyway, I hope you have had a great time with the tour.

The other reason I am hoping that this will get through to you is because I pledged for the Widening Gyre (great work again!), but have not received my signed Altan photo yet. I left an entry under the discussion section on PledgeMusic/Altan, and contacted the email address available on the regular Altan website 3 times with no response.

So, thank you for your help on this and please never stop singing and playing--I so thoroughly enjoy it!

All the Best,

John Snigg

(260) Margaret Stahl
Thu, 2 April 2015 20:42:25 +0000

Dear Mairéad,

My name is Margaret. I am a friend of Don Gest, in Tucson. I briefly met you on Saturday night after Altan's exquisite concert. (I was the person in the Lights booth.)
I was so moved by meeting you and the band. You had heard of my Irish relatives from Casfhel-Kilcar who were both Donegal fiddlers. THAT touched my heart.
Tonight (Thursday) you are in Denver. My Godmother, Mary Stahl LaCrue, (we have always called her "Mary Auntie,") will be attending your concert with three of my cousins (daughters Diane LaCrue Snyder, Lorrie LaCrue Krajnik, and little Casey, Diane's son.)
I have tickets bought, (two were given complimentarily from the kind Martin Nolan out of pure kindness,) and I have asked Diane to bring along a bottle of Bailey's for you all should you choose to toast our connection.(Diane asked me, "Don't you think they might prefer some good Irish whiskey?" I said, "I don't know... Bring both, if you like!"

Mary Auntie, at 85 years old is the last family member from her generation. The Donegal fiddling brothers, Francie and Micky O'Byrne, were first cousins to Mary Auntie's mother, Hannah Byrne, (my Grandmother.) One of my cousins, Diane, did have the good fortune to visit Donegal, however it was long after I had been there in 1985.
It was also a special treat seeing Liz again after 30 years! I asked her where in Chicago she lives, and as it turns out... Mundelein is where my Aunt went to Catholic grade school .

I do not know if you will read this before your concert tonight, but if so, know that their are some very wonderfully kind and humble "proud to be Irish from Donegal County" Irish-Americans, my family in the audience! (Perhaps in the front because Mary Auntie carries oxygen with her these days.)

If you all can arrange it, have a toast, Sláinte, for all the generations of Irish love that lives and shines brightly all over the world, even in those who have not had the sweet opportunity to visit the tiny but mighty, magical Emerald Isle!

With love (and hopes for a photo or two.....

Margaret Stahl (of the O'Bryne's...or could be O'Burns.... two sisters married two brothers! One family was O'Burn, the other O'Byrne.... great story, that one... my Aunt, Mary Auntie is the person who kept all the information so that I could stay connected to my Irish in Ireland.)

(259) Brian McIvor
Mon, 30 March 2015 11:36:54 +0000


Please forgive my writing in english - níl an gaeilge chomh láidir liomsa go fóill.

However, I was a pupil of your fathers many years ago in Bun an Inbhir where he used to teach the unruly pupils of the CBS Dundalk on their three week trip to Gweedore. I thought the world of him and he was very kind to me - my father had died the previous year. I remember him playing the fiddle for us at the ceilis we held in the little wooden army shed that served as our schoolroom and our ceili house. During our classes he taught us some of the old lovely Ulster songs in his wonderful Irish. This was a good fifty years ago. That gift came good last week when I won two competitions in the Feis Ceoil for singing in Irish. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam cineálta dílis,

Brian McIvor.

(258) George Shevlin
Mon, 16 March 2015 19:49:25 +0000

We are bringing my mother to Ireland from Mar 27 thru April 4 and she would love to hear you perform in person. Do you have any gigs coming up at that time?

Thank you.

George Shevlin

(257) Dan Taylor
Tue, 10 March 2015 23:42:36 +0000

Dear Mairead,

My friends and I enjoyed your wonderful concert at City Winery in NYC and bought several copies (which you kindly autographed) of Altan's new cd. Thank you for an evening of great music!

I just came across a 2009 interview you did about your own cd, Imeall. I was not able to get on your store site to order it. If possible, would you please send me a link or details about how to order it?

Many thanks and best wishes, Dan

(256) Marjorie Freimuth
Thu, 12 February 2015 11:51:57 +0000

Dear Mairead,

My name is Marjorie Freimuth, and I’m an American musician who grew up with Irish music constantly playing in the house, both from CDs and my father’s mandolin. My first exposure to Altan specifically was actually from Dolly Parton’s live album, Heartsongs. I listened to it so many times when I was young that I can still hear her say, “…Ireland’s finest, Altan!” That rendition of “Barbara Allen” was but the beginning of my experience with your music.
I have a BA in music from an American university, and my desire is to study traditional Irish music at a school in Ireland. I’m interested in a smaller, more personal environment, not the typical graduate school course. Of course, I’ve done a great deal of research, but I thought, “who better to give recommendations than a musician who may have experience with these schools that I’m finding online?” Is there any school or teacher in Ireland to whom you would direct a young musician with a love of Irish music who is interested in studying voice, and perhaps also flute or fiddle?
If this note does successfully make it to you, I’m sure it’s but one of many letters and requests on your time, but if there is a school or teacher that you would like to recommend, your input would mean a great deal.


Marjorie Freimuth

Gravatar (255) Berty Meaney
Sat, 4 October 2014 23:17:29 +0000


I just saw you being interviewed and playing with your band Altan on the Imelda May show. I have heard of your band many times but never really heard you playing but I am glad I tuned in to the show tonight and heard you playing. You were really good. I went on line straight away and checked your web site to see if you are playing in Cork sometime in the near future but I don't see anything coming up. I will keep an eye out though. I also noticed your name and noticed that, or maybe I'm wrong, that the English translation of your name is the same as my own, Meaney. Anyway I look forward to seeing you playing some time in the future he re in Cork.
Berty Meaney

(254) david macdonald
Tue, 6 May 2014 13:42:02 +0000

Hi Mairead, many thank's to you and the boy's for a fantastic set at Girvan folk fest,
I spoke to you in the restaurant before the concert (he of the plastic nails ) also spoke
of Athena Tergis, you are lovely lovely lady it was a pleasure speaking to you, take
care and lot's of love.
David x

(253) Terry
Sun, 30 March 2014 10:15:44 +0000

Hi Mairéad
Saw your programme on RTE 1 last Friday and it prompted a question for me. One of the tunes I love to play is King of the Faeries. I know this tune is also known as King William or William of Orange and I am concerned that it might have loyalist rebel lyrics. Can you or perhaps one of your friends reassure me that (hopefully) this is not the case.
Many thanks.