Peggy Monaghan began her career playing the San Francisco club scene in 1980. Her shows encompass a wide diversity of material, ranging from beautiful Irish classics to new folk. Her experience and knowledge of performance and production have made her a much sought-after participant in productions from San Francisco to Anchorage.
Raised in Alaska, Peggy currently teaches voice in Anchorage. She is coordinator and producer of the Alaska Song of the year Contest, a founding member of the Irish Music Festival and Turnagain Community Arts Alliance, and an advisory member of the Board of Directors for Alaska Theater of Youth. Her crowning achievement may be that she is a founding member of The Derry Aires. Her 1990 release, Lullabye, on Pacific Artists Records and 1994 release, Seasons of the Witch, on the Arctic Siren Records label have met with local and national acclaim. She is currently working on a new solo release.
For information on studying voice with Peggy call Arctic Siren at (907) 245-7311
With her rich voice and melodies that have flowed steadily through the mists of time, Peggy Monaghan has revived a tradition of love in music. In an elegant and unpretentious presentation of soothing music for the family hearth, Peggy uses acoustic guitar, piano, recorder, harp, or simply her inventive vocal arrangements to weave enchantment and peace into a varied tapestry of sound. In this time of renewed interest in the family, Peggy Monaghan is a voice reminding us of our ancient heritage of unconditional love.
Seasons of the Witch - Double CD set
Seasons of the Witch is an evocative, earthy delight honoring the
Goddess through the movement of the seasons. It features the haunting,
powerful music of Peggy Monaghan and her friends, and the poetry of
Goddess movement pioneer, Patricia Monaghan. This is a rich, heady brew
that recalls starlit nights and voices from long ago.
"This album is a
true celebration of the Goddess and God." Miriam Robbins Dexter
Crystalline voices and celestial harmonies rise up and fill the air.
Songs and poems celebrate the nature of Woman, as revealed in the
seasons. These are the faces of the Goddess and the stages of Woman -
Maiden, Lover, Mother and Crone. Seasons of the Witch celebrates the
Goddess by honoring the power of creation.
The promise of Spring.
The fulfillment of Summer.
The reflection of Autumn.
The resolution of Winter.
This 2-CD set began as a book of poems, Seasons of the Witch, by
Patricia Monaghan, a pioneering leader in the Goddess movement. Her
sister, Peggy Monaghan, gave this book as gifts to her musician friends
in Alaska and California. The music was spontaneously born from Peggy
and her friends as a response to the power in the poems. Peggy
conceived this project as she heard the musical responses and decided to
produce the original 1994 CD, as well as this new expanded version.
Peggy and friends have written and performed 12 new songs for this 2-CD
set, as well as including spoken word performances of Patricia's
poetry. It also features spectacular cover art by another sister,
Seasons of the Witch is the result of connections between sisters and
friends, and the inherent power of words and music.