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Maura O’Connell

Studio Albums

  • Maura O’Connell Studio AlbumsMaura O'Connell (1983)
  • Just in Time (1988)
  • Always (1989)
  • Helpless Heart (1989) (released in Ireland, 1987, as Western Highway)
  • A Real Life Story (1991)
  • Blue is the Colour of Hope (1992)
  • Stories (1995)
  • Wandering Home (1997)
  • Walls & Windows (2001)
  • Don't I Know (2004)
  • Naked With Friends (2009)

Recommended Listening

  • Maura O'Connell (1983)
  • Just in Time (1988)
  • Helpless Heart (1989) (released in Ireland, 1987, as Western Highway)
  • A Real Life Story (1991)
  • Blue is the Colour of Hope (1992)
Concert Review(s)

Maura O'Connell live at the National Concert Hall 2009

Maura is back in action again, this time it’s the concert for Console the group that looks after the suicide bereaved. Maura has many lovely songs and in my opinion she’s one of the world’s greatest singers. She starts off with the lovely Summerfly. She also does Trouble in the fields, Western Highway, a family tie. She has a new album out with just singers singing on their own. She does one song on her own without the backing musicians. She says, ‘did I tell ye I have a new album out, oh I think I did!’ Earlier we had Brian Kennedy and Rebecca Storm and they were both brilliant. A great night.
Brian

They said...

The Woman's Heart album is great.
Julie Feeney (Singer)

Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell, Mary and Frances Black, are all good, all have contributed something worthwhile but different to the cause of Irish music.
Oliver Sweeney (Hot Press)

I haven't kept up with all of the music coming out of Ireland in recent years, but I've heard good things about Women's Heart. I'm not familiar with their music. I think there is a lot of room for Irish music here in the US and I'm glad they are keeping it going.
Lovely Previn (In Tua Nua)

I don't know to much about the Women's Heart record and tour accept for the single written I think by Eleanor Mc Evoy, good song.
Dave Clarke (Hothouse Flowers)

Haven’t seen or heard much of Maura for quite some time. Did some recording with Maura back some years ago! She has the gift of being able to fit the song to her, she has good judgement, knows what will work. A lot of singers don't pick the right material for their voice.
Fran Breen (The Waterboys)

One of the nicest people in music and a great traditional country artist.
Wayne Sheehy (Hothouse Flowers)

I love Maura's voice.
Matt Spalding (In Tua Nua)

Huge fan of Maura O’Connell especially her choice of songs. I'm a big fan of country music and I love her crossover with Irish music.
Gavin Ralston (Musician/Producer)

Great singer, she has a great feel for all kinds of roots music.
Paul Byrne (In Tua Nua)

Love her, she has such a talent and great integrity.
Niamh Kavanagh (Singer)

I don’t feel qualified to give an opinion on other singers.
Sarah McQuaid (Singer)

Three great singers!
Greg Boland (Moving Hearts) on Maura O’Connell, Frances Black and Delores Keane

I've only ever heard a little bit of her stuff... Can't even think of any, off hand. Not opposed to her.. just not familiar!
Mark Dignam (Singer)

Maura O'Connell is one of the finest singers we've ever had. And she displays her virtuosity by being able to sing trad songs, rock songs and country songs without ever sacrificing her integrity.
Shay Healy

Brilliant!
Charlie McGettigan (Singer)

I thing she's great and she really inspired me back when I was starting off. She's a real sweetheart too.
Cathy Jordan (Dervish)

A big loss to Ireland when she left for Nashville.
Maurice Lennon (Musician)

They are all top-notch Female Singers.
Neil Toner (RTE) on Maura O’Connell, Dolores Keane and Francis Black

When I heard her first she was singing with Dé Danann and her voice would melt a frozen rock. What amazed me was how she could turn her voice to Country (Living in these troubled times), Pop (Not just another night at the movies), Jazz (If you love me), and Folk (Feet of a dancer and The Scholar). And still to this day, that voice is versatile and beautiful. And unusually for a solo singer, she's one hell of a backing vocalist too (what about that stuff on the Brother where art thou soundtrack with Emmylou and the others?).
Ronan Johnston (Singer)