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A busy few months coming up for Karan with gigs in Scotland, England and the U.S. Touring kicks off on Feb 2nd in Glasgow where Karan will be previewing some new material from her forthcoming album at the Celtic Connections Festival. The gig at the City Halls will feature an extended version of her band including Seán Óg Graham, Donald Shaw, Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Niall Vallely and Ewan Vernal. The following night will see Karan teaming up with the Transatlantic Sessions for a run of gigs starting in Glasgow and going to London, Cambridge, Gateshead, Birmingham and Manchester. These will be Karan's first English gigs for quite a while and she'll be joining a stellar cast including John Paul White, Tift Merrit, Jim Lauderdale, Eddi Reader and Jerry Douglas.

Karan will be back in Cork for a gig in U.C.C. on Feb 24th as part of her term as Traditional Artist in Residence.

At the beginning of March Karan will return to the US for a few gigs with Lúnasa followed by some dates with her own band. The Lúnasa dates include a first appearance at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall. The tour finishes up with a series of gigs in Massachusetts as part of Brian O'Donovan's St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn. Visit the tourpage for details of all shows.


Here's Karan at the Fleadh in Sligo last year with Ed Boyd and Seán Óg Graham on guitars.


New album Two More Hours

Karan's new album is available now

Karan's new album features guest appearances by singers Mick Flannery, Abigail Washburn and Aoife O’Donovan and was produced by Niall Vallely. This self-penned album is a first for Karan. Contemporary in tone it takes a much more personal approach to her writing and singing.

Order the CD here and download and listen to it here.


New North American Agency

Karan is happy to announce that she's joined the roster of Myriad Artists. Find out more at www.myriadartists.com or email bookings@myriadartists.com



Another nice review of the album from Sean Smith in the Boston Irish Reporter: "...Two More Hours is adventurous, compelling and heartfelt..." Read the rest here.

This was the first review of Two More Hours from Dan Neely in The Irish Echo: "It's a beautiful and emotionally wrought album that will attract lovers of good music. With "Two More Hours," Casey breaks some intriguing creative ground. It's fascinating to hear how well her songs work in such stylistically diverse settings and impossible to deny the beauty and nuance in the work. Casey's voice and songwriting are lovely, but really what she's done here is create a lovely, highly personal album with easy appeal. Casey's fans will love it and I expect others – including those well beyond the friendly confines of the Irish music buying public – will as well." Read the whole review here.

"...a stunning and gorgeous recording that seems to capture the essence of Casey as a singer who has moved gracefully and freely through the ages and genres of music that have influenced her since she first started singing." Paul Keating in The Irish Voice

"Two More Hours is altogether a very beautiful record and even the stauncher fans of Karan’s traditionally-based work will, I’m sure, discover many delights in this deeply personal set." David Kidman in The Living Tradition


Check out this video from Karan's recent performance on A Prairie Home Companion with Aoife O'Donovan and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.


Here's a video of Lovely Annie from the new album. It was filmed for TG4's Geantraí Christmas Special and features Steve Cooney on electric guitar and Niall Vallely on concertina.



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Upcoming tourdates

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Karan Casey & Maura O'Connell Tour  
July 28th Franklin, TN Franklin Theatre http://www.franklintheatre.com
July 31st Alexandria, VA The Birchmere http://www.birchmere.com
Aug 5th and 6th Edmonton, AB Edmonton Folk Festival http://www.edmontonfolkfest.org
Aug 10th West Whately, MA Watermelon Wednesdays http://www.watermelonwednesdays.com
Aug 11th Boothbay Harbour, ME Boothbay Harbour Opera House http://www.boothbayoperahouse.com
Aug 12th Albany, NY Sawyer Theatre at The Egg http://www.theegg.org/event/maura-oconnell-karan-casey
Aug 13th Old Saybrook, CT The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Centre http://katharinehepburntheater.org/events/maura-oconnell-karen-casey/