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Connie Dover is an accomplished singer of the traditional music of Great Britain and Ireland. Her soaring, crystal clear voice and inspired arrangements display a depth and breadth of range that have earned her a rightful place among the world's finest Celtic singers.

Connie's four best-selling albums: Somebody (1991), The Wishing Well (1994) and If Ever I Return (1997) and The Border of Heaven (2000), have firmly established her reputation as a world-class vocalist, garnering rave reviews the world over. Produced by Silly Wizard alumnus Phil Cunningham, they feature instrumentation by truly great traditional musicians from both side of the Atlantic. 

Connie began her Celtic music career as a lead singer for the Kansas City-based Irish band, Scartaglen. Currently performing in a duo with former Scartaglen member Roger Landes, she has toured extensively throughout the USA and Canada, appearing on radio, television, in concert and at nearly every major folk festival in North America.  

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In addition to her solo recordings, Connie has contributed songs to seven recordings on the Narada Record label, and has been a guest on numerous collections of folk and Celtic music. In 1991 she founded the Taylor Park Music record label to release her own albums, which are now distributed worldwide. Her voice can also be heard in film and television soundtracks, and she was a music consultant for the Ang Lee Civil War epic film, Ride with the Devil.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Missouri, Connie Dover is of English, Cherokee, Mexican and Scots/Irish descent. She discovered the wealth of the Celtic music tradition as a teenager, and began a search which continues to this day, devoting her life to the research, collection, preservation and recording of traditional songs and ballads. Her history degree, earned from William Jewell College, and her undergraduate work at Oxford University have further enriched her unique perspective of the historical context of folk music, and her insightful interpretations bring ancient ballads to life.

When Connie is not touring or recording, she spends time working on Wyoming cattle ranches, where she is a trail cook during ranch cattle drives (and where she can often be heard singing old-time songs around a roaring campfire to the accompaniment of hoarse cowboys and lowing cattle). The theme which runs through her work is the exploration of the common ground between British Isles and American folk music, and she offers the modern listener a musical experience that transcends both centuries and cultural boundaries, and affirms our connection with the past. A singer and composer of the first order, her diverse background and interests are reflected in the depth and richness of her approach to traditional music.

Discography:

Somebody (Taylor Park Music TPMCD 0101, 1991)

The Wishing Well (Taylor Park Music TPMD 0201, 1994)

If Ever I Return (Taylor Park Music)

The Border of Heaven (Taylor Park Music, 2000)


Booking:
 
Taylor Park Music, PO Box 12381, North Kansas City, MO 64116-0381 USA. Phone: +1 816-455-5524, Fax: +1 816-842-0025. E-mail: tpmusic@concentric.net

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