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Irish Mythen Singer A Gem From Ireland

Updated on August 30, 2014

I had the pleasure of seeing Irish Mythen at this year’s 2011, Mariposa Folk Festival, at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Couchiching. Now I cannot seem to get enough of her, and am constantly going to her website, YouTube, or listening to her new CD “Open Here”.


A Wee Bit Of Background

This talented Musician/Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist has lived in many places that include Sweden and Australia, and currently calls Miramichi, New Brunswick her home. Irish is originally from Wexford, Ireland, and as a child lived on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad, later moving to the Middle East where started her musical journey playing guitar and writing songs.

Irish attended Ballyfermot Senior College, Arts Block in Dublin, Ireland where she studied contemporary music performance and the practical side of the music industry. In 1996 Irish started a four year tour, performing in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and since has continued playing at Folk Festivals all around the world.

Irish has performed with Richie Haven, The Dubliners, Joel Plaskett, Matt Anderson and more.

Irish At StanFest
Irish At StanFest

55 Years

It is not too often that I hear a song that will bring tears to my eyes. This song “55 Years”, written and performed by Irish Mythen did in fact make me tear up. Irish explained how she met an elderly gentleman and he told her that he had just recently lost his wife. Through their entire marriage they had never slept one night apart. This touching story inspired Irish to write this beautiful song.

Mariposa Folk Festival 2011 Irish Mythen


Before the Mariposa Festival I was doing a YouTube seach on who was performing at this years festival and I came across this song by Irish and loved it. When I heard her perform it live it was even better. In reference to "Children of The Corn" that you hear Irish say in this video: While she was singing Jesus, there were about 30 or more people walking somewhere all in a single file, that we the audience could all see. As they all walked by Irish paused and said "Children of The Corn". She does have sense of humor that keeps the audience entertained and laughing. Storytelling comes naturally to Irish and I felt myself hanging on to every word.

Unfortunately when Irish performed Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin on Friday evening I missed it. I would have loved to hear her sing this, as Janis is one of my all time favorites.

What The Local Newspaper Had To Say

Mariposa Folk Festival 2011

From the Packet & Times

"Irish Mythen was a stand out for me," Lusty said. "Her performance on Saturday, she just channelled Janis Joplin."

John Swartz, Special To The Packet wrote:

"Then I heard Irish Mythen do a tune on the main stage between main stage acts. She had a big voice and enthusiasm. It had to be her, but she was a lot shorter and lighter".

"It was. She's is Irish and now calls New Brunswick home. She does some singing on Matt's new CD and has gigged with him".

"At the pub when she was performing a workshop with John McDermott, Reid Jamieson (whose father, Gil, lives here) and Daniel Champagne, they were supposed to be doing covers of other people's music; she lit into Janis Joplin's Mercedes Benz in a way that served notice she wasn't taking prisoners".


Irish has recorded five albums. Her debut album "Republic of One" was recorded in Bohus Studios in Sweden. "Appreciate" followed by "Fallen Me", "Necessity" and the fifth released this summer is "Open Here". If you have a chance please go to Irish's website and have a listen, it is fantastic.

For a listing of all upcoming music festivals where Irish will be performing or to listen to other songs that she has recorded, please click on this link to take you right to her website. Irish Mythen.

One More Favorite Before I Go

Irish performed "Fathers Song" one year at Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Nova Scotia and an audience member who had not talked to his father in twenty years was so moved by this song that he called his Father. If you'd like to hear this song it can be found at her website.


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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RedElf, I thought she was pretty great. Thanks for stopping by to have a look and for your comments.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      I shall definitely have to look them up! Thanks so much for sharing this bunch of great musicians with us here.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sweet I'm gonna hold you to it! And I bet your right - I bet anything imsaw the video in your earlier hub - it's still super awesome and glad I saw it again!!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, I wish I could come up with a song like that after hearing a story. Who knows maybe someday. Thanks for coming by to read my hub.

      dahoglund, I look forward to this festival every year since I started going to it about 6 or 7 years ago.

      RH, I have the same video posted on my Mariposa Hub and I have posted it on FaceBook before. The festival was great. When you come up for a visit make sure its at the beginning of July and we can go together :)

      Binaya, Glad you enjoyed the videos.

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      8 years ago

      I did not know who you were talking about, but I enjoyed the videos, and I look forward to read more about the musician.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have seen that video before! 55 Years - it is amazing. I bet the festival was awesome and I wish I could go:)! Love any events that feature music. I'm sorry you missed her playing Mercedes Benz too! If she ever comes here I'll be sure not to miss it. Thanks!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've gotten a bit behind on the folk scene. we don't get around as much as we used to. I'll keep an eye out for her.There is a Folk Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin I hope to get to but we missed it in recent years.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      She's new to me. I enjoyed the video 55 years, reminds me a little of Janis, one of my all time favorites. Thank's for sharing.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wayne, There is usually someone I really like when I go to the festival every year and this year it was Irish Mythen. I hope she returns again next summer.

      Ms Dee, So glad you came by to read this.

      Cardisa, I think she is pretty talented and thanks for your comments, always good to see you. I have so much reading to catch up on and have to come by and read all of your new Hubs.

      SubRon, Glad you liked Irish. She sure does play a great guitar and sing...I so agree and thanks so much.

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      James W. Nelson 

      8 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Loved it, Susan, and you were right about the "tearing up" except the last two songs were harder on me. I don't usually take time for the music and videos but there was something about this one--yes! That girl can play a great guitar "and" sing! Thanks much!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Irish has a wonderful voice. I like the song about Jesus. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deidre Shelden 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      I love this kind of music! So glad to have run across introduction of yours to Irish!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I can hear a bit of Janis in her voice in a folksy sort of way. So many in the folk vein are mousy...she really projects and her licks on the guitar bring a nice flavor to the songs. She will go far. WB


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