Linda Marie Smith New CD Release & Live Performance: Mearra- Selkie from the Sea

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Linda Marie Smith’s new music CD release Mearra- Selkie from the Sea February 25, 2014. The ancient Celtic legend of the Selkie, a mythical seal with the mysterious ability to metamorphose into a human being, is the setting for Chicago-based singer/songwriter Linda Marie Smith’s fourth album. Linda will also be performing in person this March 2014 at the Irish American Heritage Center.

With a genre-crossing vocal style that encompasses a folk/rock sensibility, Linda Marie Smith’s music is romantic, soulful, earthy, and mystical, with lyrics and melodies that weave colorful stories of curious places and intriguing people.

Here is the background of the tale of Mearra-Selkie from the Sea

An enigmatic and bittersweet story of love, loss, and transformation, Mearra – Selkie from the Sea begins with Mearra, a young Selkie maiden, falling in love with Ian, a lonely fisherman entranced by her beauty. Mearra bids farewell to her life in the sea, marries Ian, and starts a family. However, at the end of seven years, a Selkie must return to her watery cosmos. The sea inexorably calls for Mearra’s return.

Linda Marie Smith head shot light background photo credit Janet Mesic Mackie

Born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, Linda Marie Smith has been immersed in music since childhood, beginning with organ lessons, which led to piano and then guitar. Her current project, the multi-media experience Mearra – Selkie from the Sea, forms the basis for its accompanying album, produced by Rich Rankin at Mosaic Music in Chicago.

Honored by the Billboard Songwriting Contest, Linda Marie Smith’s music has also received recognition from the Illinois Arts Council in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to recording and performing, she teaches at Chicago’s famed Old Town School of Folk Music.

Mearra Selkie from the Sea cover art

Disclosure: I received this CD to enable my review which did not influence my thoughts, this is my 100% honest opinion. In the video is only a sampling of the music from the performance. The CD has various styles from soft, windswept Irish style to romantic and even a few folksy upbeat songs. Everyone will enjoy the tales sung through song. Enjoyable for the entire family. A great way to introduce your children to other cultural heritages, tales and styles of music.

Mearra – Selkie from the Sea will be available online at and iTunes.

  • Mearra 15.00
  • ages 9 – adult
  • Run Time 42 minutes

Here’s a little about the performance at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium in Chicago

See Linda Marie Smith Perform in person at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium in Chicago

March 1, 2014
Irish American Heritage Center
8 p.m. in the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium
4626 N. Knox Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

To find out more visit : Linda Marie Smith’s site. To purchase tickets to the performance visit BrownPaperTickets – Mearra-Selkie from the Sea

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