Mairead Carlin was born in Derry, in the north of Ireland, and grew up surrounded by a family who were steeped in music.
A graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, Mairead was signed to Decca Records and has recorded her debut album, 'Songbook', due for release in 2014.
Mairead toured the UK and Ireland with legendary American singer-songwriter Don McLean, including a sellout concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Don was so taken by Mairead's performance of 'Scarlet Ribbons', he invited her to duet with him.
Press reviews of her tour were glowing:
"The flawless vocals of up-and-coming Irish folk singer Mairead captivated the audience.."
Mairead was invited to perform at the BBC TV Gala Concert 'Sons and Daughters' to mark her hometown's year as City of Culture 2013, alongside Snow Patrol and The Priests. She has also performed and recorded the City of Culture anthem, 'Let The River Run' along with Damian McGinty, of Glee fame, which features in the promotional video 'Silver Cities Rise'. Carly Simon who wrote the song, said " I just played it and cried my eyes out and am still crying. It's absolutely stunningly wonderful."
On St.Patricks's Day Mairead sang the Irish anthem for the England-Ireland Rugby International to a TV audience of millions and in the summer of 2013 she performed for the President of Ireland. Also this year, she made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall for RTE TV and sang on the soundtrack for the Alan Partridge movie, 'Alpha Papa'.
Mairead is currently touring Europe, US and Australia as part of Celtic Woman.