Helen O'Hara

"In 1990 I decided to write and record a solo album of Celtic instrumental music. I was very lucky to have some outstanding musicians who offered to help with the project. Nicky Hopkins, B.J. Cole and Woody Woodmansey joined me in the Studio and the result was "Southern Hearts", my first..."
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In 1990 I decided to write and record a solo album of Celtic instrumental music. I was very lucky to have some outstanding musicians who offered to help with the project. Nicky Hopkins, B.J. Cole and Woody Woodmansey joined me in the Studio and the result was "Southern Hearts", my first New World Music album. It was wonderful to work with such talented musicians and needless to say the album was a great success. New World approached me in 1998 and asked me record a new album of pure Traditional Irish melodies. Together with Skaila Kanga on Celtic Harp and Eddie Hession on Accordion, we went into the S16 Studio in Kent, England and recorded my next album "A Night in Ireland". My idea was to create an album of melodies played in such a way that the listener felt they were in the Studio with the musicians - the result was a very intimate and authentic album with an almost "live" feel. I hope you enjoy my albums and if you have any comments on the music just let me see your views on the Bulletin Board.


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Helen began to learn the violin from the age of nine. In 1982 she graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a Distinction in Performing Studies and joined Dexys Midnight Runners recording many songs including "Come on Eileen" from the album "Too Rye Ay". Since 1987 Helen has pursued a solo career working with many artists such as Tanita Takaram and Graham Parker. She also played and co wrote the critically acclaimed "Don't Stand Me Down" album and the hit theme "Because of You" from the BBC Television series "Brush Strokes".