“Wildflowers” is the first single from AVA’s upcoming debut album. About the single, AVA says: “As a child, my grandmother would show me dried flowers that were delicately kept between two sheets of paper in an old book. They were so beautiful. Her mother would tell her the story of the wildflowers and how they ended up in this book. To me, the flowers represent the passing of time, the beauty of nature, and the love between mother and daughter.”
AVA is the name under which Irish singer/songwriter Éabha McMahon presenting her solo work (the phonetical spelling of Éabha). Éabha has already garnered world attention for her outstanding unique voice, firstly as part of Anuna, the internationally renowned Irish Choral group, and then recording and touring with the globally successful Irish music collective Celtic Woman with whom she received her first Grammy nomination.
“Wildflowers” is out now on all digital platforms: http://hyperurl.co/wildflowers
Brought up steeped in the Irish language and trained in the Irish traditional style of singing, known as Sean Nos, her debut album sees Éabha continuing that centuries-old Irish tradition of storytelling through song, bringing her own modern contemporary style to the art and seamlessly blending English lyrics with her oft-forgotten indigenous language that adds a poetic rhythm to her songwriting.
It was always somewhat inevitable that Éabha was heading for a career in music. Her first professional singing job was at the age of nine when she was chosen by Veritas to record an album for the children’s book Beo go Deo. Éabha was known for singing in the Sean Nos style, a form she first encountered at the age of five. In this traditional style, she was not just inspired but also taught, by such luminaries in the art as Máire Ní Chollm, Seamus and Ide MacMathúna, and Moya Brennan. From an early age, Éabha was a regular competitor at Ireland’s Fleadh and was crowned the Leinster champion four times and was runner up in the All Ireland Fleadh. At age fifteen, she also won the under-18, Oireachtais na héireann final.
At age sixteen she was invited to join Anúna, the acclaimed Irish choral group. who first came to world attention as part of the original Riverdance show. They have a reputation for being home to some of Irelands finest vocal talents, Hozier being one of many to have begun their singing career there. She became a prominent soloist during her time with Anúna, The group was often in demand for distinguished private events and she very soon became a favoured item in their repertoire. One extremely well known Irish singer would often call on the group when he had high profile guests for dinner at his house, world leaders and such, and would specifically ask for Éabha to sing.
Even with this busy musical schedule, she took the time to complete a Human Rights Degree at NUI Galway, and this would lead to a lifelong passion for that subject that equals her passion for music. Éabha has spent time in Vietnam and Mongolia working with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, an organization that she is still immensely proud to work with to this day.
Following a year or so traveling across far-flung corners of the world undertaking humanitarian work, she had just begun working on a solo album when in early 2015 she got the call to join Celtic Woman. After five years with them, she departed from the group at the end of 2019 to finally begin work on her long-awaited solo record.
“I am making this album because it’s the most honest expression of who I am, what I stand for, and my intentions for the world that we live in. I sing to heal and it heals me too. It is the purest form of emotion that I have ever experienced, so I want that in my life every day”.
Éabha continues the centuries-old Irish tradition of storytelling through song, bringing her own modern contemporary style to the art and seamlessly blending English lyrics with her oft-forgotten indigenous language that adds a poetic rhythm to her songwriting.
For more information and music samples, visit avaworldmusic.com