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Eileen Laverty

Brief Bio

Eileen Laverty charms all ages with her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Her unique brand of folk music has led to television and film features, and landed her performances with a diverse range of artists, including Kenny Rogers, Tom Cochrane, and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Eileen’s family immigrated to Canada when she was six and, while she calls herself a Prairie girl, her Irish roots run deep. Her music career began with Saskatoon-based traditional Celtic band, and it wasn’t long before she struck out on her own performing solo in folk clubs and taverns and trying out her own originals.

Billboard Magazine recognised her talent as a songwriter with her debut album, Dancing with Angels, calling it “strikingly original,” and Dirty Linen Magazine observed “Laverty’s songwriting shows a great deal of depth, and she has a fine sense of melody. It’s her pure, rich voice that is her calling card.”

Her songs have been covered by several artists-- most notably, Canadian Tenor John McDermott, and Irish star Mary Black. Eileen’s recording, “Tread Softly” was featured on the Songs Inspired By Literature compilation alongside tracks by Steve Earle, David Bowie, Tom Waits, and Rosanne Cash.

More recently, Eileen was a featured performer with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra with the night dedicated to her music arranged by acclaimed composer, Allan Gilliland. “[It’s] her natural ability to speak honestly through her songs, you can’t help but love the experience,” wrote Mark Turner, SSO Executive Director.

Eileen has also just completed writing the music for Daniel MacDonald’s new play, Blow Wind, for which she was also a cast member for the premiere run, and composed a Christmas song, “Angels in the Snow” which debuted with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. In April, she also released “Close to Home”, a single written in support of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Hospice campaign in Saskatchewan.

Eileen has released three cds and several singles to date. She is currently working on a new album for release in 2020.

Performance Highlights

Toured with:

  • Kenny Rogers, MTS Centre, Winnipeg; Casino Regina
  • Mary Black, Irish Tour
  • John McDermott, Canadian Tour
  • SK Centennial Tour with Tom Cochrane

Festivals

  • Mariposa Festival, ON
  • Ottawa Folk Festival, ON
  • The Dawson City Music Festival, YK
  • London Home County Festival, ON
  • Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, BC
  • Canmore Folk Festival, AB
  • Come By The Hills Festival, AB
  • Vancouver Island MusicFest, BC
  • The Islands Folk Festival, BC
  • Octoberfolk, ON
  • Ness Creek Music Festival, SK
  • Regina Folk Festival. SK
  • Regina Mid-Winter Celtic Festival, SK
  • Saskatchewan Festival of Words, SK
  • Saskatoon Fringe Festival, SK
  • Taste of Saskatchewan Festival, SK
  • Flatland Music Festival, SK
  • Saskatoon Word on the Street, SK

Clubs

  • Luneburg Folk Society, NS
  • Nickelodeon Music Club, AB
  • Northern Lights Folk Club, AB
  • The Rogue Folk Club, BC
  • Orillia Folk Society, ON
  • Victoria Folk Music Society, BC
  • Regina Guild of Folk Arts, SK
  • Medicine Hat Folk Music Club, AB
  • Uptown Folk Club, AB

Radio & Television Features

  • "Green Life: Learning to Live with the World" (six part documentary
    series, produced for SK broadcaster, SCN, "Green Life: Learning to Live with the World" is a six part documentary series) (theme music) (2009)
  • Stirred, Not Shaken • Saskatchewan Songwriters in Concert • CBC (2008)
  • Art InClined, with Heather Cline (Episode 11, 2007)(featured artist)
  • The Middle of Somewhere, with Sean Virgo (Episode 2, "Call of the Wild" 2007)(music featured)
  • Renegade Press, 2006 (music featured)
  • Madly Off in All Directions, with Lorne Elliot (2005)(featured performer)
  • Saskatchewan Centennial Canoe Quest (Documentary, 2005) (music featured)
  • @Wood River Hall, with Connie Kaldor (2003)(featured performer)
  • CBC's Sounds Like Canada with Shelagh Rogers (2002) (featured songwriter)
  • Prairie Music Awards, televised on CBC Television and Much Music (2000)(featured performer and presenter)

Special Events

  • Featured Performer, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Pops Series
  • Jazz Composers' Workshop, Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake
  • Writing workshop with reknown poet, Glen Sorestad, U of S Kenderdine Campus at Emma Lake
  • SOCAN's Songwriter Circle, WCMAs
  • Royal Canadian Legion 80th Anniversary Gala featuring John McDermott (Emceed/performed)
  • Guest performer, The Premier's Dinner
  • Featured performer, Saskatoon Symphony's Festival of New Music, under the direction of Mr. Earl Stafford
  • Co-hosted SOCAN Songwriting sessions at Prairie Music Week
  • Guest performer, Bluebird North Series, Songwriters'Association of Canada
 
 
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