Arts, Music

Irish Singer-Songwriter Chloë Agnew Discusses Her Solo Career And Upcoming Concerts

Chloë Agnew of Celtic Woman will be in Atlanta for a worldwide live stream and 2 live performances at Red Clay Music Foundry this weekend.
Chloë Agnew of Celtic Woman will be in Atlanta for a worldwide live stream and 2 live performances at Red Clay Music Foundry this weekend.
Credit Eamonn McCrystal

A star at home and abroad since the age of 14, Irish singer-songwriter Chloë Agnew is best known for her years singing with the group Celtic Woman. She has long been known as a ‘Voice of the Irish.’ After years of international touring and worldwide acclaim with the band Celtic Woman, she departed on her own solo career in 2013.

This weekend, she’ll be performing in two concerts from Georgia: a livestream concert through Virago TV and another in-person performance at the Red Clay Foundry in Duluth. “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Agnew via Zoom about the upcoming shows and other recent work.

Interview highlights:

On what inspired her new song, “Written On My Heart:”

“I was in a little pub in Dublin a couple of years ago, and I had been away for many, many months on end, on tour,” said Agnew. “I came into this little pub on Christmas Eve with my family, and looked up on the wall, and there was a quote from James Joyce that said, ‘When I die, Dublin will be written on my heart.’ It just spoke to me straight away, and I knew I wanted to write a song about it.”

Poetry and storytelling in Ireland:

“I do really believe it’s in our blood, which I think is why it translates over to music so well, is that the Irish have a song for everything – we have sad songs, we have happy songs, love songs, drinking songs, songs for milking the cow, you name it we have it,” said Agnew. “It’s a way of expressing our love for both land, for people, for home, and a way for our tiny little island to spread its history and its stories all over the world.”

Performances through Virago TV will be on Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Agnew will perform original songs during the live stream and it will be filmed at John Driskell Hopkins of Zac Brown Band’s Brighter Shade Studios.

She will also have two live performances at Red Clay Foundry in Duluth on Sunday, March
28 at 3:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Both performances will be socially distanced.

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