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“Celtic Christmas” Host Katie McMahon Talks Performance, Holiday Traditions . . .

TV Appearances December 2012

To help you enjoy the season, here are some of our recent TV appearances . . . Kare 11, Twin Cities Live & Almanac (25:00).

Mpls/St. Paul Magazine Top 10 Holiday Show 2012

Katie McMahon has an amazingly clear and soulful voice that imbues Irish Christmas songs with the sadness and sparkle they need to be, well, Irish”. Read more

Feature in the March 2012 Minnesota Monthly

Katie McMahon Deserves a Kiss - She was the lead singer of Riverdance. Now she’s our Celtic Woman.” Read more

Celtic MP3s Music Magazine Review of “Celtic Christmas

Angelic sounds come forth from this Christmas CD. That’s because Katie McMahon is the singer.”  Read more

City Pages Review of “Christmas Angels”

McMahon’s lovely, soaring, silvery soprano seems to originate in celestial realms. Read more

Star News, Elk River  (Britt Aamodt)                                                       Riverdance soloist to perform at Zabee                         

Katie McMahon believes in the power of the human voice. She believes in its power to kindle imagination, to bridge distances, to reach into the audience and pull listeners to their feet. She'd know. Read more

Duluth News Tribune:  (John Ziegler)                                                         Mc Mahon provides magical start to the holiday season  Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas is a musical feast for the ears and eyes. It brings in the season with old world traditions and masterful musicianship. They say that when Christ was born, the angels came down to Earth to celebrate with earthly folk. That, somewhat strangely, is what the audience last night experienced with McMahon and her ensemble. Read more

Womeninc Magazine: Soaring Soprano                                                               If you saw Katie McMahon at a Minneapolis park with her son, Michael, you’d probably assume she grew up in Minnesota. Like most hardy Minnesotans she’s dressed for the weather, be it a winter afternoon or a hot summer day. However, if you happen to hear Katie chat with another mom or sing a little song to her son, her lovely voice and accent will give her away; she’s not a born and bred Minnesotan, she’s from Ireland. Yet her voice is so familiar, you start to wonder if you’ve met somewhere along the way. Read more

Cities 97 - BT (Brian Turner):                                                            "In the old Jimmy Stewart holiday classic 'It's A Wonderful Life,' the little daughter Zuzu believes that an angel gets their wings whenever the sound of bells are heard.  Personally, I think those wings are bestowed every time Katie McMahon sings a song."

Duluth News Tribune: Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas 2008
Katie McMahon brought her dazzling voice, her sparkling personality, a wealth of Irish musical tradition, and a troupe of some of the finest Twin Cities musicians to celebrate a night of Christmas music the way it might feel in a candlelit pub in County Cork on a frosty December night.

Minnpost.com review of St. Patrick's Day
"It's never too late for a St. Pat's fix...A mix of traditional and contemporary Irish folk music, all carried by her silvery soprano."

Reveillemag.com feature story and interview
"...It's time for the Twin Cities scene to get hip to other kinds of traditional music being made in our backyards — and lucky for us, Riverdance veteran Katie McMahon is here to show us the way."

"Riverdance" vocalist wraps up Wildwood Series in Mahtomedi
"It's lucky enough for the Wildwood Artist Series to snag a talented Irish singer for St. Patrick's Day weekend...but when the singer has just released a new CD titled, 'St. Patrick's Day,' that's luckier still."

Christmasmusic.com review: Celtic Christmas
"A soprano voice that is simultaneously pure as silver and warm as honey."

Roots Review: Shine
"A jewel of a recording from a very talented artist."

Rambles review: After the Morning
"[Katie] has a lovely voice and the arrangements are carefully done to maintain her vocal talents as the focal point of the album. With her beautiful soprano and harping, the recording is a delicate and gentle collection of songs. Highly recommended."

From Roots Review
"Katie McMahon has a beautiful voice and I can think of no one better to sing many of the gentle and evocative songs on this album. Each song is perfect for the season and she has arranged each carefully. Occasionally sounding very Medieval, occasionally very Celtic, she has gathered an amazing group of musicians and singers to record with her."

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Jim Walsh, October 15, 1999)
World's Most Famous Unknown Singer Lets Love Guide Her Way
Most local singers haven't had the president of the United States tell them that he is a great fan of their work. Most local singers have never had U2's lead singer Bono tell them, "You have an amazing voice." Most local singers haven't been embraced by punk legends the Stranglers, or watched as an audience of Hollywood stars jig up and down to their music.

Celtic Cafe Interview

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