Ireland: A happy Christmas and exciting 2016 for Eimear

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Christmas is set to be busy for Irish singer Eimear Quinn.

This coming Thursday 10th December, the star will perform at Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre. She’ll be accompanied on stage by the Mamisa String Quartet and the guitarist Robbie Overson.

During the show, which is her first in Limerick as a solo artist, Eimear Quinn will sing the Christmas music and carols with which she has become so closely associated.

Eimear Quinn is probably best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest when it was held in Oslo in 1996 with the song, The voice. Following her success, Eimear performed on the Ryan Tubridy radio show shortly before Christmas singing the carol, Oh holy night. The performance was such a hit it has been replayed on Irish radio many times since and, in 2007, inspired Eimear to record an album of spiritual, Christmas music. I haven’t recorded an album since, Eimear told the Limerick Post ahead of next week’s performance in Limerick. I’ve been indulging myself in motherhood.

In fact, Eimear’s earliest experiences as a singer took place around Christmas time when, as a little girl, she sang alongside the children’s choir in her native Dublin.

I fancied myself a singer from the moment I could make a sound, so I remember belting out ‘Little Town of Bethlehem’ with the choir, she remembers.

But now that her youngest child is in school, Eimear is preparing a return to the music scene for 2016. She is working on new material with her long –term collaborator and composer of her winning Eurovision entry, the novelist Brendan Graham. And she revealed she’s working on a new version of the aria Vide cor meum by Irish composer Patrick Cassidy, an aria most famous for its appearance in the soundtrack of the 2001 film Hannibal.

When asked by journalists if she thought Ireland could win the Eurovision again, she was optimistic.

We just need a rocking song with a good singer.

Eimear Quinn plays Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College on Thursday December 10.

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