Irish American Writers & Artists

December 14, 2011

Songs of the Celtic Winter–from Celtic Music Artist Ashley Davis

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IAW&A Board member Ashley Davis began writing and collecting for Songs of the Celtic Winter two years ago when she wrapped up her sophomore effort, Down by the Sea in Ireland. She had the idea that she wanted to write and collect music from the Celtic regions for the four seasons of the year starting with winter. The result is Songs of the Celtic Winter, a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs that range from medieval 9th century old Irish poetry set to music, to Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne”. Davis recorded this album in New York, Lawrence, KS, and San Francisco to draw from their various musical communities. The album is laden with harp, mandola and a range of acoustic instruments and vocal layers that creates and sound that is becoming Davis’ signature.
“I took the aspects that I liked from my first album which was more middle eastern leaning at times, and then aspects from my 2nd album which was entirely recorded in Ireland and thus Irish leaning and melded those aspects together to create a sound that I believe will be forever more my signature sound. I truly found myself as an artist and settled down into this album and feel at home within this music,” Davis said
Davis has been profiled on The Today Show, performed original music on film soundtracks and has lectured at U.S. colleges and universities.  Expanding the definition of traditional Irish music, Ashley has attracted fans and admirers among the larger musical community.  Influential American composer Philip Glass said, “Ashley Davis is a young woman with a beautiful voice and as much musicality as anyone could wish for…she writes and sings with a confidence way beyond her years.”
Davis has toured in “Lord of the Dance” as the vocal soloist, has worked with Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and has toured with Moya Brennan of Clannad, while developing her own solo and recording career, selling out shows internationally and in her adopted hometown of New York City and now Lawrence, KS.
Davis is doing official release concerts in both of her hometowns of New York and Lawrence, KS. There will be dates in between those dates to be announced on her website.
Upcoming Release Shows:The Lied Center of Kansas University (Lawrence, KS), December 21, 2011 7:30 pm Joe’s Pub (New York, NY) February 23, 20127:30 pm  *Check in with Ashley’s website as dates are being added.
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October 23, 2011

IAW&A member Michael Sheahan wins two Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Best “Holiday Book” & “Children’s Book with Music / Theatrical”

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For millions of people around the world, the love of reading and singing was born with a Christmas story or carol.

That’s the all-in-one idea behind the ultimate new Christmas package, Mr. Holidays Presents The Roof Top Hop. Through the merry character of Mr. Holidays, Michael Sheahan tells children an instantly classic new Christmas story, performs the title song on a sing-along CD and has his friend, Broadway’s own Michael Balderrama of the hit Broadway show, In the Heights, teaches kids the new roof-top-hop dance steps, ones step at a time.

Lavishly illustrated by Douglas Wright, Mr. Holidays Presents The Roof Top Hop is an inviting storybook/CD/DVD package that invites young readers to read, sing, and dance as they share a never-before-revealed secret about Santa. As Sheahan proclaims, it’s “hip-hop . . . be-bop . . . rock n’ roll . . . that brings joy and happiness to every soul.”

Michael Sheahan, a highly decorated retired NYPD detective, is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician.

Mr. Holidays Presents The Roof Top Hop is available on-line at,, &

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