Savannah, Georgia, on March 17th, 1962 -the day Harry
Truman came to town. It was Dr. Angel who delivered
the precious bundle into the world that day to a mom
who was relieved to have a daughter after 5 stinky
She grew up learning to sing from her Irish Catholic
parents, Tom and Susie Nelligan, who woke little Moira every morning singing "Oh What A Beautiful Morning"
from "Oklahoma." She studied piano and violin in
childhood, but did not embrace the traditional Irish
music of her heritage until she discovered it during a
trip to the West Coast of Ireland as a young adult.
When she came back to Georgia, with her daddy's fiddle
which he gave her when she graduated from high school, she set out to learn jigs and reels and hornpipes from
recordings. Later, at the summer workshops at the
Augusta Heritage Arts Center in West VA, Moira was
able to learn Irish fiddle tunes from great fiddlers
like Liz Carroll and Kevin Burke and Eileen Ivers, as
well as Cajun tunes from Dewey Balfa and Quebecois
tunes from Lisa Ornstein.
For about 20 years, Moira has been singing and
fiddling- and lately whipping out her accordion- at
all kinds of traditional music loving venues in GA
like the Savannah Irish Festival, the Atlanta Celtic
Festival, The North GA Folk Music Festival, the Annual
Celtic Christmas at Emory, weddings, Celtic Bar
Mitzvahs, coffeehouses galore, and pubs here and
there, like the James Joyce Pub in Avondale.
When she's not playing music, Moira loves to teach. A
proud teacher of the Music Class program for young
children, she also teaches fiddling and singing in her
home. The Nelligan School of Traditional Celtic Music
was born out of this passion and also aims to help
teachers of other instruments find students who are
wanting to learn to play traditional music the
traditional way: by ear.
Moira loves her adopted home town of Decatur, Georgia, where she is raising her two boys, Mickey and Moses, with her husband, drummer, dance partner and artist-in-residence Michael Hickey.
Check out the artist's website:
1. I Give You Music
2. Two Irish Jigs
3. Johnny Shoemaker
4. A Reel and A Slide
5. If Ever You Were Mine
6. The Gypsy's Wedding Day
8. A Irish Reel
9. Who Are You, Me Pretty Fair Maid?
10. An Irish Jig
11. Shebeg, Shemore
12. I'll Tell Me Ma/ Jessica's Polka
13. Two Irish Reels