Mayo Singer to showcase new single at Home to Mayo Concert

Irish Singer Teresa Marie Canavan from Lahardane in County Mayo is to perform at this years debut ‘Home to Mayo’ Gala Concert with Mayo Manchester.

The special evening of Irish Music, Song and Dance takes place at the Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 28 May promises to one of the highlights of the week long Mayo Manchester Home to Mayo Tradfest. The Concert is hosted by Alan Keegan from Manchester United Football club and features The Turley Duggan Irish Dance Academy, The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Singer Dennis McCalmont and irish Musicians and Singers from Centre Stage Vocal Academy. Tickets are now on sale at www.ballinaartscentre.com

The week long Tradfest features a hundred performers from Mayo and Manchester who will be staging events in 8 different hubs around May from Thursday 26 to Tuesday 31 May.

Teresa has just released a cover of the Carpenter classic “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” on the Downda Road Record label, which she will showcase at the concert.

The track will also come as a forerunner to her debut album which is expected to come out later this year. And according to Downda Road's Gleeson, there's a good chance that fans can also look forward to one more single ahead of that album.

"Yeah, I think so. The album itself - the majority of it anyway - will be original material from Teresa Marie's own songbook. But we've been working on some absolutely gorgeous stuff with her in the studio, really captivating. And I can see at least one of those little side-projects developing into another full-blown single. I think giving fans a chance to enjoy her voice through some songs that they already know - like 'Hold My Hand', and like 'He Thinks He'll Keep Her' - that will help draw peoples' attention to what a dazzling voice Teresa Marie has. Once people become fans of her sound, then her own songs - when they come along - will only strengthen that connection with listeners."

"Her future is definitely as a singer/songwriter, there's no doubt about that," explained Gleeson. "That's the path Teresa Marie sees for herself, and we share that vision. And what we all agree on is that central to who she is or becomes as an entertainer is her voice. So sharing songs like 'He Thinks He'll Keep Her', which really reveal the sweep and the span of her ability in that area, is something that can only be a positive.”