MACA, A new group, explore traditional music in a fresh and exciting way. These young, energetic singers find their roots in Celtic and Classical music and present a finely tuned live performance of close vocal harmony.
MACA presents contemporary arrangements of age old music from the Celtic tradition. The members of MACA are Caron Hannigan, Peter Harney, Tara O'Beirne and Yvonne Woods. All are founder members of Anuna and have also performed with many fine international musicians including Elvis Costello, Davy Spillane, Sinead O'Connor, Mairead Ní Mhaoinaigh, Barry Manilow, The Chieftains and Brian Kennedy. They have been involved in the recording of several film soundtracks and have also appeared on numerous live television and radio broadcasts throughout the United States and Europe.
"MACA'S Debut album was recorded
in New Zealand while this vocal quartet were touring with Riverdance.
Caron Hannigan, Peter Harney, Tara O'Beirne, Yvonne Woods are all former
members of Anuna but their combined talents created an album that, stylistically
moved beyond Anuna.
Kay Lynch - Source Magazine
"The name Maca is from the famous Ulster saga, the Táin. A woman called Macha is forced to give birth to twins while running a race against King Conor's horses. As she died, she cursed the men of Ulster: "May the men be as weak and sick as a woman in childbirth at the moment of their greatest danger." As well Maca are four talented singers. And there is no weakness in their voices. Maca are rooted in Irish as well as classical music. "Blood & Gold" features the trained voices of Caron Hannigan and Yvonne Woods (who studied in the Royal Academy of London) against the "untrained" voices of Peter Harney and Tara O'Beirne. The four are founder members of Celtic vocal group Anuna and have performed with the Riverdance show. The title track comes from Andy Irvine's Romanian anti-war song. There's an emphasis on traditional English and Irish airs. There is also the contemporary song "Rinn na Mara" written by John Spillane and Scottish Port a Bheul (Mouth Music). Most songs are solo performances with sophisticated backing harmonisation. "My Lagan Love" is lifted by harmonica player Brendan Power. Percussion is added by Paul Moran (Clannad, Davy Spillane band)."
Walkin' T:-)M - Folkworld
"A Celtic voice combo spawned from the Anuna
and Riverdance stable, this group got together while on tour with the
second troupe, and have put together a fine. The opening Andy Irvine composition
'Blood & Gold' is angelic. The Mouth Music made famous in Ireland by Dolores
Keane is well revived, 'Cad e sin do'n Te sin' is tastefully arranged
and John Spillane's 'Rinn na Mara' introduces that slightly off sounding
harmony we've become used to hearing in ensemble singing today.