Karan Casey appointed Traditional Artist in Residence 2016-17

7 Oct 2016

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (UCC) and the School of Music and Theatre (UCC), in association with the Arts Council, announce the appointment of the internationally renowned singer and performer Karan Casey, as the Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork 2016-17. Casey will deliver a series of concerts, workshops, lectures and seminars over the course of her 1-year residency, beginning October 1.

Karan Casey is an internationally acclaimed singer whose career has spanned 25 years. She has travelled extensively and recorded on over 50 albums both as a solo performer and with several groups and ensembles. Originally from Waterford, Karan was introduced to singing at a young age within her family and with local choirs. She studied music at UCD and was a regular jazz singer in Georges Bistro, Dublin.  She emigrated to America in the early ‘90’s where she studied jazz at Long Island University.  In New York Karan became immersed in the strong traditional music scene and started singing traditional Irish songs again.  She joined the band Solas, which quickly became the most celebrated Irish band in the U.S.

Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released six solo albums as well as an album for children, a duet album with John Doyle and numerous contributions to other artists' projects.  She has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing with her own band as well as collaborating with such diverse musicians as James Taylor, Bela Fleck, Boston Pops Orchestra, Liam Clancy, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Peggy Seeger, Mick Flannery, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Tim O’Brien, and Lúnasa.

Karan has won awards for “Best Folk Album” and “Best Folk Female” from Irish Music Magazine, has been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and the Danish Grammys and was a key member of Paul Winter’s Grammy-award winning “Celtic Solstice”.

Karen has performed at many prestigious venues including the Kennedy Centre, New York’s Symphony Space, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, the Hollywood Bowl, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, the Cathedral of St John the Divine, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and many others. She has made many TV and radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic. She has recently presented a programme on RTÉ exploring the songs associated with the Irish Labour Movement. 


Karan spent ten years collecting songs with the renowned and deeply respected singer and song collector Frank Harte. It was with Frank that Karan learned the value and joy of researching and finding songs that helped her own personal artistic development.


Karan Casey will be hosted by The School of Music and Theatre at UCC where the study of Irish traditional music has been pioneered for many decades. She will be warmly welcomed there by a team of internationally recognised traditional musicians that includes Bobby Gardiner, Connie O’Connell, Colm Murphy, Niall Vallely and Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby. 

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