BIOGS – LIAM MAC AMHAÍLA, HELEN WEBB AND AN ANÚ
Liam Mc Evilly
Liam is a singer-songwriter who hails from Connemara, from a strong and established musical background, and has had over 30 years in the music business. He has performed in the USA, UK and Germany and at home. Many compare his strong and emotive voice and performance to the likes of Luke Kelly, Paddy Riley, Bruce Springstein, Damien Dempsey. Liam has performed supports for Liam Clancy (Clancy Brothers) Delores Khane, De Danann, Dublin City Ramblers, He has worked with Mary Cocklin’s producer (Eric Visser) and with soul legend PP Arnold (The Ikettes) in London to name but a few.
Liam plays guitar with An Anu and incorporates soul, jazz and world rhythms into his interpretations of classic blues and jazz numbers. His renowned renditions of Irish folk and traditional songs come from the heart and from a love of Irish culture and music.
A singer, multi instrumentalist, musical director and composer, Helen begun her career on the West End stage in musicals such as Elvis, fire angel and the Black Mikado in London. She also worked in a series of Rock n Roll TV shows called Oh Boy where she sang with Lulu, Tracey Ullman and US star PJ Proby. She later joined the chorus at Covent Garden for a Michael Tippet opera. Helen has toured the world singing jazz, soul, blues and folk music with her own band “Akimbo” and as a solo cabaret artist. Her voice and singing style has been compared to Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, Shirley Bassey and Joni Mitchel.
Helen plays flute and Irish whistle, and has incorporated Irish tunes into her repertoire. Helen released her album of her own blues/soul based original songs “The Song Inside” just prior to coming to Ireland, when she begun studying ethnomusicology, mainly African and Irish traditional music, incorporating the study of the African Kora, an ancient cousin of the Irish harp. She is now fully immersed in Irish music since beginning to work with Liam three years ago.
Together Liam and Helen are An Anú a relatively new Irish act, in demand both at home and abroad. Their harmonies and vocal skills combine in featured solos and duets, their whistle, flute and guitar playing incorporates Irish traditional, folk and classic jazz and blues music plus original music.
They have played at many festivals and venues in Ireland including the Galway Fringe Festival, Galway Colours Festival, Clifden Arts, Monroe’s Galway, Cruinna Na mBad in Kinvara, The House Hotel Galway, Jury’s Hotel Galway, The Town House Galway, Kelly’s Bar Galway, The Celt Dublin, The Crane Bar Galway, Oughterard Golf Club, Clifden Boat Club, The Blue Note Dublin, The Clayton Hotel Galway.
An Anú’s album Anim Chara is now available at gigs, soon to be available on itunes. The album contains original tracks by Helen and Liam plus traditional Irish music.
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