Burning Coal Theatre Company will bring drop-dead gorgeous 30-year-old British folk and alternative-country singer/songwriter Callaghan to Murphey School Auditorium for one performance only — at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 24th, as part of the Raleigh, NC-based theater’s fourth annual spring and summer MusiCoal Series, showcasing what Burning Coal calls “new music that is exhilarating, fresh, and unlike anything you’ve heard before!”
On Jan. 10, 1983, Georgina Callaghan was born into a musical family in Boston, Lincolnshire. Her official bio says, “… [She] was classically trained on flute from age 6, then gravitated toward singing and playing piano. By 14 she was writing songs, and started trekking to London to record with various producers. At 18 Callaghan relocated to London permanently to live with her sister (whose flat was so tiny, the singer slept under the kitchen table), while recording a number of independent EPs and playing all over the city, at spots like the Bedford, Regal Room, Royal National Theatre, and 100 Club….”
In its news release on the concert, Burning Coal Theatre Company adds:
“Callaghan’s debut album, ‘Life in Full Colour,’ was released on May 1, 2012. The release was the culmination of a journey which brought the singer-songwriter across the Atlantic from London to live and record in the USA.
“A long-time Shawn Mullins fan, Callaghan contacted the Atlanta singer-songwriter through MySpace; and after being knocked out by her music, he agreed to a rare collaboration. Callaghan left her London digs and boarded a plane headed for the American South: the experience was the inspiration for the opening track and first single from her album, ‘Best Year.’
“‘Life in Full Colour’ was tracked in and around Atlanta with Mullins both producing and playing on the record. Its 12 songs present Callaghan’s eclectic and dynamic style, combining shades of folk, country, rock, and pop into a seamless fusion of feeling and melody. Performing live, Callaghan plays piano and guitar and delivers a vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songs chronicle stories and moments from her own life and from others. You’ll enjoy thoughtful lyrics, haunting vocals, and catchy melodies which make you smile.
“Since making Georgia her home, Callaghan has been selling out shows at local venues; and in summer 2012 Insite Atlanta’s music edition labeled her ‘Atlanta’s hottest new act.’ She’s also performed across 25 states, including at the SXSW Festival in Austin[,TX].
“‘Life in Full Colour’ has been getting a great reaction. The Huffington Post describes the album as ‘joyful listening,’ while InLiveMusic says ‘Callaghan’s voice is stunning, clear and is perfect for the story telling of her songs.’
“For more information and a FREE download of Callaghan’s single, ‘Best Year,’ please visit http://callaghansongs.com/.”
To listen to a sampling of Callaghan’s songs, click http://callaghansongs.com/musicplayer.cfm.
BBC Radio 2 disc jockey Bob Harris “Callaghan is a wonderful artist. She is beautiful, warm and hugely talented. The reaction to her music on my radio programmes has been fantastic.”
“Life in Full Colour” producer Shawn Mullins adds, “The world needs more singer-songwriters like Callaghan. She truly shines through as the real deal. Her voice is original and pure and she is one of the greatest unsigned talents I’ve ever heard.”
Burning Coal Theatre Company presents CALLAGHAN, at 7 p.m. March 24 in Murphey School Auditorium, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604.
TICKETS: $10 (available only at the door).
INFORMATION: 919-834-4001 or email@example.com.
VIDEO PREVIEW (by Steve Sherrick): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4FwQqvNyYo.
MUSICOAL SERIES: http://burningcoal.org/musicoal/.
Callaghan: http://www.callaghansongs.com/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/callaghanmusic (her Facebook page), http://www.myspace.com/callaghanspage (her MySpace page), http://www.youtube.com/callaghansongs (her YouTube channel), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgina_Callaghan (Wikipedia).
“Life in Full Colour”: http://www.callaghansongs.com/store.cfm (official web page) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_In_Full_Colour_%28Callaghan_album%29 (Wikipedia) .
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