Opening opportunity for P.E.I.'s Irish Mythen

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P.E.I.'s Irish Mythen will open for the mega rock star, Rod Stewart, on July 9 at the Cavendish Music Festival.

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P.E.I.'s Irish Mythen is a popular P.E.I. artist known for her powerhouse voice and positive stage presence.

And she's enjoying one of most successful years of her performance life.

"It's the first time in my career that I've felt like I've had a real career and I'm not just knocking on the door all the time," says the Charlottetown-based singer-songwriter.

Starting with an official showcase at the 2015 Folk Alliance in Kansas City in February, her good fortune followed her to the East Coast Music Awards in St. John's in April, where she picked up the award for traditional solo recording of the year.

Mythen's lucky streak continued when she received three nominations for Music PEI awards for her self-titled CD and gave performances at the Credit Union May Run Festival in Charlottetown in May.

As her good fortune continues, it's not something she takes for granted.

"It's the old saying, luck is when hard work meets opportunity. So, it's been a 20-year overnight success for me," laughs the singer-songwriter who, after finishing a run at the P.E.I. Mutual Festival of Small Halls, is performing at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ont., this weekend.

Her winning streak will continue on July 9 when she opens for mega rock star Rod Stewart at the Cavendish Music Festival.

"It's a big one," says Mythen, who has been a fan of the British rock star for as long as she can remember.

"It's not just his voice, it's the way he entertains on stage that I've always loved."

There might be thousands and thousands of people at one of his concerts, but the British performer will pick out one person in the crowd to joke with, says Mythen, who aspires to a similar performance style.

"When I'm on stage I'm not a singer-songwriter, I want to be the entertainer. They're giving it to you. You're giving it to them. It's a wonderful experience. And Rod Stewart is very much the master of that."

As she masters her busy schedule, Mythen attributes her career success to two things.

"Moving to P.E.I. was the best thing ever. There's a great musical organization here and a great vibe. The level of talent is off the charts."

Also, securing Gardiner Neill as a business manager allowed her to return to her passions: writing performance and recording.

"Convincing the poor man that it would be a good idea to work with me was fantastic," says Mythen with her trademark wry humour.

 

Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at scole@theguardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.

Irish Mythen bio

- Born and raised in County Wexford Ireland, she has travelled the globe, playing in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the UK.

- During her travels she has worked with a host of world-renowned artists like Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues. She shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter Yarrow, to name but a few.

- Since her immigration to Canada in 2008, Irish has been honoured to create music and memories with Gordie Sampson, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro and Dave Gunning.

- For imformation, check out http://www.irishmythen.com.

Organizations: Folk Alliance, Credit Union, The Guardian

Geographic location: Kansas City, Charlottetown, Orillia County Wexford Ireland Europe Australia Middle East Canada

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