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Norah is Top TIR “Best Female Vocalist of 2016”

Irish American News Icon 2Chicago Irish American News has named Norah “Best Female Vocalist of 2016” in their annual Top TIR (Tradition In Review) awards!  This is Norah’s third time winning this award as a soloist (she was named “Best Female Vocalist” in 2001 and 2012), this time alongside legendary Irish and folk music artists such as Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Buttons and Bows, Colin Farrell and James Keelaghan.”

“No one has ever won Female Vocalist of the Year three times. Wait. Norah Rendell just did. We became aware of her with Outside Track, and since leaving the group sometime back, she has gotten better-as if that were possible. Her voice is as true as are her musical values. We can listen to Norah sing all day. Wait. We have. Her new album, Spinning Yarns, is a project of which she can be proud. Keep your eyes out for her musical pals, Norah Rendell and The Lost Forty, on tour. She somehow finds time for family AND running one of the most successful music schools in America, The Center for Irish Music in Saint Paul. She is wonderful. End of statement, end of story.” – Bill Margeson.

“We can listen to Norah sing all day.” – Bill Margeson, Chicago Irish American News

Read the original article including other recipients of the 2016 Top TIR Awards here (page 20 & 21).  Congratulations to Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Buttons and Bows, Colin Farrell, James Keelaghan, Dallahan, Jeremiahs, Tom Byrne, Joe Gibney and Connla for being named for the other 2016 Top TIR (tradition in review) awards!

The Irish Echo on “Spinning Yarns”

Dan Neely, music writer for the Irish Echo, the USA’s most widely read Irish American newspaper writes about “Spinning Yarns”. “…Spinning Yarns” is a thoughtful, intimate exploration of Canada’s song tradition. The songs she’s uncovered are unusual and thoroughly enjoyable, and the arrangements smartly conceived and well executed. Highly recommended!”

Folk Alley Q & A with Norah Rendell

Norah Rendell is the Canadian singer behind the beautiful new album, ‘Spinning Yarns.’ Blending a range of influences and inputs over twelve tracks, drawn from some interesting sources. Showcasing the power of both song and community, the album shows off the strength of Norah’s singing, and the conviction she puts into her music. It also speaks of the immigrant experience, as many of the pieces have their roots in the British Isles and Ireland. We spoke to Norah about the album, her singing roots and the songs she has encountered that make up ‘Spinning Yarns.’

The Irish Post, 4-star review

Norah receives a four-star review in the Irish Post. “Spinning Yarns is a lovely album, a fine collection of traditional songs played and sung with real style sincerity and an obvious love for the material by a very talented woman.” – Joe Giltrap, The Irish Post

MPR’s The Current, Radio Heartland – In-studio interview

Listen to an in-depth interview about Norah’s new album, “Spinning Yarns” with MPR The Current’s Radio Heartland host, Mike Pengra.