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    « on: August 08, 2016, 12:51:09 PM »

    Tara McNeill is a violinist, singer and harpist from Antrim, Ireland.

     Tara graduated with First class honours in the BA in Music Performance (violin) at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tuition of Michael D
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    « Reply #1 on: August 08, 2016, 01:16:48 PM »

    How to pronounce her name

    Just in case you were wondering, it's pronounced:

    TAR-a

    She says it right at the start of this video):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqKgFSgca_I


    I'm sure it'll get pronounced "TAIR-a" a lot, but when we meet her, let's greet her right. 
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    « Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 08:05:51 PM »

    For the record, I'm including the series of key Facebook posts here related to her joining Celtic Woman, because they have some interesting information and because, for most of thus, they will be very memorable. It was a wild and exciting day for all of us when Tara was announced.

    Mairead Stepping Away:

    August 7, 2016
    https://www.facebook.com/maireadnesbittcelticviolinist/posts/1757393424539932:0

    Hi Everyone
    After taking a bit of a weekend away, I came back only to realize that many of you have seen some press which may have you wondering what I
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    « Reply #3 on: August 20, 2016, 06:43:54 PM »

    Here's some more about Tara!

    Tara's triple-threat:
    • Tara comes from a musically-inclined family. All her siblings played instruments.
    • When she was young, she wanted to sing.
    • By age 7, she was playing piano.
    • By age 8, she also started playing violin (the instrument she went on to study at the degree level.
    • Tara was a violinist and singer for Anuna.
    • Tara was a violinist, singer, and harpist as a lead performer in Ireland Calling.
    • Tara sings in the soprano range.

    Tara's Teachers:
    • Elizabeth Steele
    • Clair Esler
    • Michael D'Arcy

    Leading the pack:
    • Tara was part of the junior and senior NEELB (North Eastern Education and Library Board) youth orchestras.
    • She lead the senior orchestra at age of 17

    Sources:
    http://www.taramcneill.com/#!Antrim Guardian/zoom/c1nh5/c149k
    https://twitter.com/tara_mcneill/status/769440040002912256



    Family:

    • Tara is a youngest child.
    • Tara has at least 2 brothers. Both play cello and piano.
    • Tara has a sister that plays violin.
    • Pretty much everyone in Tara's family sings.

    Violin
    • Tara has been known to perform on a Roger Hansell violin.
    • She's a classically trained violinist.
    • We know from Mairead Nesbitt that it's incredibly difficulty to play both classical and contemporary styles professionally. However, I bet Tara can handle herself well in either style.


    Tara's Favorites
    • Violin style to play: classical
    • Pop singer: Taylor Swift
    • Food: Pizza (particularly Dominos Pizza) and the cookies from Dominos*
    • Drink: Cookie Milkshake*

    * Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t-mIUzoqU0 (~17-18 minute mark)

    Other fun facts about Tara:
    • Tara played in the Ulster Youth orchestra for 7 years (and led the orchestra in her final year)


    Sources:
    http://www.taramcneill.com/#!Antrim Guardian/zoom/c1nh5/c149k


    Whenever you find stuff that highlights what an amazing performer and woman Tara is, be sure to post here!
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    « Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 09:13:57 PM »

    As most of you know, Tara got engaged in 2016, before she joined Celtic Woman.

    Tonight was Tara's hen party, as we discovered from Tara on Instagram in the most adorable way possible.
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    « Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 07:06:28 AM »

    Yesterday was Tara's big day!
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