Closer to Home
April 2013 - This week, I am announcing my decision to leave The Outside Track to focus on my solo career and musical endeavors closer to home. Over the past seven years of amazing music with the award-winning multi-national band, I released three fantastic albums to critical acclaim, toured extensively throughout Europe, the UK and North America and shared many wild and wondrous touring experiences with Ailie, Fiona, Cillian and Mairi! I enjoyed my time as lead singer, flute player and co-manager with the OT immensely. It is with renewed musical inspiration that I look forward to experiencing this new chapter of life unfold as I raise my beautiful little son.
I wish to thank all of The Outside Track's fans for their continued support. Some of you have been with us since our humble beginnings travelling through teeny folk clubs and hauling giant sound systems to random venues around Ireland! Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin, for coming out to shows and spreading the word about the band to your own circle of music-loving friends.
With that announcement, I have become a die-hard fan, like many of you. Together, we can look forward to hearing The Outside Track's new music with the new line-up! Don't worry, I will be continuing to perform and make music - keep an eye on my website or facebook page to find out when my next album will be released!
Live Ireland Best Vocalist of the Year 2012!
I am thrilled to announce that I have been named the Live Ireland's Best Vocalist for the second time in a row! Last year, the award was based on my work with The Outside Track. When Bill Margeson of Liveireland.com got a hold of my album "Wait There Pretty One" in 2012, he absolutely loved it and gave me the title for a second year in a row. Bill writes, "Wait There Pretty One shows a brilliant musical technique combination of the best of the Irish traditional approach and Norah's stunning, purely American voice."
Live Ireland Best Vocalist of the Year 2011
I am honoured to have been named "Live Ireland's Singer of the Year" by acclaimed Irish-American music critic and radio presenter, Bill Margeson! The Outside Track was also given the award of "Best Instrumental and Vocal Group". Very exciting news for us today!
Young Tradition Bearer Award
The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival named me 2011 "Young Tradition Bearer" due to my dedication to teaching, performing and researching traditional music. My work as Executive Director of the Center for Irish Music and as singer with The Outside Track and the Two Tap Trio helped the folks at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival decide to bestow the award upon me this year. Thank you, humbly, for this acknowledgement of my miniscule contribution to traditional music in Canada and elswhere. I am engaged in traditional music, above all other reasons, because I love the music. Over the years, I have also found great depth and meaning in the relationships that have developed around the music.
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