CORA & BREDA SMYTH

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Cora & Breda Smyth

Biography

Biography (Courtersy of the Artists’ site, 2005).

Cora and Breda, sibling sisters, grew up in Straide, Co. Mayo and played music from a very young age. Surrounded by a strong family tradition of Irish music during this time, they collectively won over forty All-Ireland titles. They both graduated in Medicine from University College Galway and while they studied, participated in the exciting music scene in the City and County.


Cora's professional career started when she performed with The Druid Theatre in their awarding winning production of' The Black Pigs Dyke'. She then played violin in the group which represented Ireland and won the Eurovision song contest with "The Voice" written by Brendan Graham. After this she was chosen to be one of the original violinists in Michael Flatleys "Lord of the Dance". She has performed with the show to thrilled audiences worldwide, at venues including Radio City NYC, Madison Square Gardens NYC, Hyde Park London, Wembley arena London, The Kremlin Palace, Moscow, and to over 80,000 people in Budapest with ‘Feet of Flames’.
Cora is featured on various DVDs including 'Lord of the dance', 'Feet of Flames' 'Gold' and The Chieftains "Water from the Well". She was also featured on The Chieftains' album of the same title which was nominated for best world music album in the 2001 Grammies.
Cora has also performed on numerous TV shows over the years including "The Late Late show", "Saturday Live", "Kenny Live"(RTE), "Richard and Judy" BBC, "The South Bank Show" C4, and has appeared on PBS and the FOX Channel in the USA.


Breda is a woman of many parts, Musician, TV presenter, Doctor and Mother. Already with one solo album under her belt her debut album ‘Basil and Thyme’ earned her a nomination as ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2003 ‘Irish Music Magazine Awards’.
She also has toured and performed worldwide as a violinist with Michael Flately’s ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Feet of Flames’ which included performances at ‘The Ryder Cup’ and the prestigous ‘Red Cross Ball’ for the Royal Family in Monaco.

Breda has also brought her love and knowledge of Irish Music to wider audiences as presenter of the annual RTE television series ‘The Fleadh Programmes’ this year filmed in Clonmel Co. Tipperary. She hosted ‘The Irish Music Magazine Awards’ in the National Concert Hall in October 2003. She also featured in the six programme music series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ recently aired on B.B.C.
Over the years Cora and Breda have performed together many times and now have finally collaborated to record an exciting album which represents the music they've loved and shared together.




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