Marian Bradfield (Biography courtesy of the Artistís site, 2006)
Marian Bradfield described as one of Ireland's hidden musical treasures is based in Donegal & has to date penned 3 solo albums and 1 live album .Together with the likes of Loreena McKennitt, Maire Brennan, Hazel O,Connor, Francis Black, Rita Connolly, Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill & Katie Moffatt she has appeared on several compilations of which Celtic Woman 1 & 2 are to name but a few. She has also been voted by readers of Hot Press as one of Irelands top ten female singers & short listed by a panel of top music critics as one of Irelands Best Solo Performers.
Her first solo album entitled " Marian " was released in 1993 to critical praise from the media and Hot Press saying- " She pours her heart and rich palette of emotions÷over a debut album of thirteen self-penned tracks of the quality that most major artists would willingly sacrifice their lawyers for"
Her second solo album "Tonight is Just for Us " released in October 1995 was nominated for one of Ireland's prestigious I R M A awards. Again critics were unanimous in their praise saying "Her songs deftly reveal the underlying tragedies and ironies of everyday life. Within the daily hopes and fears of us all Marian traces the magic of our dreams and the pain of the often hidden struggle to reveal them."
Chance friendships formed on tours and concerts over the next few years saw the likes of Finbar Fury, Mairtin O'Connor and Jimmy Faulkner asking to be part of her next project and her third solo album "The Emperors Field " produced by Pat Donne was released in September '97 - again to critical acclaim not only by the media but to her Irish and ever increasing U.S. and European fans as well.
The fourth album"Marian Bradfield Live" recorded on tour in Holland & launched in May 2004 is described by one radio DJ as "an album that draws you into the very powerful intimate world of her live performance and leaves you breathless".
Her list of appearances on live shows reads like the who's who of the Irish TV and Radio scene. In concerts at home and abroad she has appeared with the likes of Altan, Maire Brennan, The Furey's, Liam O'Flynn, Mary Black, Kieran Goss, Aslan, Donal Lunny , Paddy Glacken ,Andy Irvine ,Jimmy Mc Carthy and The Chieftains to name a few.
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