Coming to Stone Church Arts: The Celtic Imagination, Featuring Aine Minogue

BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT - Coming Saturday, March 3 to the Imanual Episcopal Church in Bellows Falls, Áine Minogue, a Boston Irish harper and Celtic culture expert, will be in residence for the weekend of March 2-4. She will lead a retreat at Stone Church Center called "Celtic Meditation." As part of the retreat, she will be performing a public concert in which Áine will explore themes in the Celtic tradition such as the wheel of the year, blessings in the tradition, Celtic mythology, folklore, and water blessing.


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Áine Minogue is an Irish musician, vocalist, folklorist and lecturer. She not only embodies the soul of traditional Irish music and dance through her sellout performances and many albums, but also is renowned for her deep, subtle and nuanced understanding of the Celtic spirituality and culture from which the music arises.

Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Áine's large musical family encouraged her to pursue a number of different instruments during her youth. They played together as a family and attended fleadhs (traditional music festivals). But it was at the age of twelve while at boarding school in County Galway that Áine discovered her true love - the harp - which she decided to pursue in lieu of the others. After completing school, she spent three years developing her talent as a harpist at Bunratty Castle, County Clare, then moved to the United States, settling in New England.

Áine's harp has entertained Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is a regular performer at folk festivals and concerts throughout the world. Her recordings include The Mysts of Time, Between the Worlds, Circle of the Sun, Celtic Meditation Music, Celtic Lamentations, Celtic Pilgrimage (2008), Winter, A Meditation (DVD, 2009) and most recently, In the Name of Stillness: Celtic Meditation Music.

Áine’s profound love of traditional Irish music has naturally let her to steep herself in the spiritual and cultural aspects of the Celtic world, so much so that she has become a much sought-after authority in this arena, whether offering workshops alone or with such luminaries as Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue (sadly now deceased), or in her role as a radio commentator on matters Celtic.

Come experience "The Celtic Imagination" in music and song with Áine Minogue, Celtic harp and vocals, on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, prices increase by $5 to $25 general admission and $20 for seniors. Information and advance tickets are available in person at Village Square Booksellers on the Square in Bellows Falls, by phone at 802-460-0110, and online at www.stonechurcharts.org.