Ciaran Nagle and Tara Novak have been performing together since they met in 2005 on a bus at the beginning of a Christmas tour with Ciaran’s show, the Three Irish Tenors. Sharing both a passion for Irish music and for the art of entertainment, they soon after decided to develop a duo show - one which would allow for more in-depth exploration of Irish and folk repertoire than with the Three Irish Tenors, as well as providing an opportunity to showcase their vocal harmonies, Tara’s up-beat arrangements of Irish instrumental music, and new compositions written by the pair of them.
Since then, Ciaran and Tara have performed countless concerts throughout Ireland and the USA, continuously adding new (old) songs as well as plenty of jigs & reels to their repertoire.
And yes, it was love at first sight - after touring the world together, Tara and Ciaran were married in 2012.
Classically at the UMKC Conservatory, violinist, vocalist and composer/arranger Tara Novak has devoted the past 20 years of her life to studying music of many genres, specializing in Irish traditional music, musical theatre, folk, pop, and improvisatory styles.
In 2013, Tara completed a degree in orchestration and jazz performance at Berklee College of Music in between tours. She works extensively as a soloist, touring China for three months in 2015 as solo violinist for Heartbeat of Home, the new show from the producers of Riverdance. In 2013, she performed the Boston premiere of Bill Whelan's double concerto Inishlacken with fiddler Zoe Conway. She is the guest soloist with both the Three Irish Tenors and Druid, as well as music-directing and leading her own show, Ishna, and has toured throughout Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Asia. When not on the road, Tara can frequently be found playing for Broadway musicals: recent credits include Aladdin, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Fun Home, If/Then, Sound of Music, Something Rotten, Newsies, Motown the Musical, Finding Neverland, and The Lion King. She considers herself lucky to have shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest artists: Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, il Divo, Bill Bailey, Mannheim Steamroller, and more.
In addition to her busy performance schedule, Tara is also an active educator, recording artist, composer, and consultant - and an avid foodie in any time off she can find. To follow Tara's performances and blog, please visit: www.taranovak.com
Ciarán Nagle performs around the globe as the founding member and producer of the world renowned Three Irish Tenors and as a solo artist. He has had the privilege of singing the American National Anthem at the Heinz Stadium, sharing the stage with Neil Diamond and receiving many accolades such as the Keys to Jersey City and a Certificate of recognition for his contribution to the arts from the Governor of Pennsylvania, to name but a few.
Ciarán's first real interest in singing began when he was ten, when he played the lead role in a school production of the Gypsy Baron. From that moment, singing and music have always been his passion. Ciarán trained in the College of Music Dublin and the Royal Academy of Music Dublin. He became a member of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and under the baton of Sir Robert Shaw, he performed at NYC's Carnegie Hall in productions of Haydn's "Creation" and "Seasons". Ciarán worked extensively with Opera Ireland before being cast as the lead singer of the international sensation Riverdance, with whom he toured for two years, after which he returned to Dublin to found theThree Irish Tenors.
Ciarán is an active participant in the global Irish community, and is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Boston’s Irish Cultural Centre. He is a frequent guest lecturer on Irish culture, the music industry, and the business of performance for the Arts and Business Council of Boston, Tufts University, and the Irish Network of Boston. He piloted two series of workshops at the Waltons New School of Music in Dublin: The Business of Performance and Performance Techniques for Singers. He teaches these on a private basis in both Dublin and Boston, as well as acting as an artist and business consultant. www.ciarannagle.com