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I’ve been a fan of Ceitidh Mac since I first caught her at The Cumberland Arms back in April, so I was thrilled to hear she would be appearing at the Alphabetti Theatre as part of their Women are Mint series on 15th June.

Organised by musician Martha Hill and Alphabetti Theatre, the Women are Mint series celebrated achievements from women both past and present through open conversation and gigs. Ceitidh Mac was invited to closed the series, with an evening focus of ‘pro-choice’ for women.

Equipped with her cello, Mac took to the stage to offer a stunning, stripped-back set. Although she is usually accompanied by Will Hammond on the vibes, Mac looked completely at ease on the stage as she explained the story behind each track.

Opening on Bus Station, which she wrote in Berlin, a brooding arrangement of strings against Mac’s dulcet tones provided excellent easy-listening vibes and it was a perfect choice for the chilled ambiance in the room.

Perhaps the most significant track of the whole evening was We’ll Fly, an honest look at the importance of choice for a women and breaking the stigma in an attempt to open conversations about abortion. Stunning lyrics and a genuine undertone gave me goosebumps as Mac delicately created beautiful soundscapes through the cello.

To close the evening an open question and answer session discussed Ceitidh Mac’s music and tackled the taboo subject between pro-choice & pro-life. Thought-provoking and bold, it was interesting to be a part of a discussion between passionate women and men who felt comfortable enough to share their opinions.

Martha hinted that there could be more Women are Mint shows in the pipeline and I really hope that’s the case – important messages laced with exceptional talent from women artists is something that the region’s music industry should welcome with open arms.

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