Mairin Fahy
Máirín was born into a family and an area steeped in traditional music. As early as the age of three she was dancing and playing and proceeded to win many All Ireland titles.

Mairin’s grandfather, Thomas Whyte was the founding member of the famous "Ballinakill Ceili Band", the first Irish band to record on the new Irish Radio Station in 1929. Máirín’s aunt Aggie Whyte, was a legendary fiddler. Combining both musical generations, her mother Bridie has joins Máirín playing fiddle on previous recordings.

Máirín's husband, Chris Kelly, is a renowned traditional guitarist and together they fronted the band "Reeltime" whose second album, "Live it Up" released in the U.S. charted in the U.S. top ten folk albums. {Crossroads}

Her brother Gerard, was the piper with Michael Flatley's show "Lord of the Dance". He is a prolific composer and joins Máirín and the band as the special guest on this live recording. Her sister Yvonne plays percussion and accordion in the band and her other brother Terry joins the rest of the family as the drummer with the Irish Rock band Furry Village.

In Sept 1996 Máirín was asked to join Riverdance and since then, she has played with Riverdance, to an estimated 10,000,000 people in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Kuala Lumpar and Hong Kong.

As the featured soloist with Riverdance she was constantly lauded by audiences and critics alike with quotes like, "the girl on the white hot fiddle", "the vivacious fiddle player", "wonderful Máirín Fahy was a joy to watch, her playing is simply breathtaking" Coupled with being "an athlete of the bow" Máirín has a unique Irish voice and sings in both Gaelic and English and won awards in the States as the best female vocalist. {Bill Margeson, Chicago}.

Máirín has recorded with Dolores O' Riordan and is featured in the Harrison Ford / Brad Pitt movie, "Devil's Own". "Empire" magazine describes the song as "haunting with a wicked fiddle solo". She has played, with Riverdance, in Monaco for Prince Rainier and the Royal Family at the Red Cross Ball, in Tokyo for the Prince Emperor and also guested in the Royal Albert Hall London at the Princess Trust.

In January 2004 Máirín joined forces with the rest of her family to perform in the new exciting Celtic Musical “Tara” which was penned by her brother Terry and Gerard. Tara had it’s European premier in the prestigious Luxor Theater, Rotterdam to a sold out audiences and received great acclaim and reviews.

Máirín is also a regular guest with the Irish supergroup the Chieftains and has performed with them all over the US, Canada and Europe. Most recently she joined them as special guest for their sell out tour of Australia and New Zealand. (Oct. Nov. 2004)

Having toured with her own band throughout Holland and fronted the hugely successful show, Trad on the  Prom, Mairin is currently on tour with the Chieftains on their 2007 tour. Then she commences the third season of Trad on the Prom based at the Satlhill Hotel – for show info please see tour dates.


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