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Once upon a time she was a war correspondent, a wild dolphin swimmer, a clown... Now, rooted in the earthy and the ethereal, Oona is a new kind of world musician - an alchemist of song and story. Her pure voice and harp blend Celtic elements with Hawaiian, Latin and African influences, bridging cultural differences while evoking a primal beauty. Oona’s words and music are a river connecting heartache to hope, passion to possibility, inspiring us to not only love the world, but believe we can transform it.
Sweet and soulful, Oona McOuat’s (pronounced oo-na mick-kew-it) new album Honey and Holy Water flows with urgency and wonder. The honey bees are disappearing. The oceans are in peril. It’s been 40 years since Woodstock (the only cover tune on the disc). Will we make it "back to the garden" before the jig is up? From the fun and funky re-creation of the trad tune Drowsy Maggie to The Wild Ones’ heartfelt plea for preservation, through the broken-open love song, Where the Emptiness is Full, this album navigates mystery and loss with purity and grace while encouraging us to cherish what might yet be saved.
Oona and her band Dream Deep perform at arts centers, festivals and concert halls, her warm and heartfelt presence transforming an ordinary performance into an extraordinary event. She has shared the stage with Bruce Cockburn, Jann Arden, The Rankins, Jami Sieber, Toni Childs and Ferron and was a featured artist on the NPR radio special "Do You Hear What I Hear? A Holiday Folk Tour" aired on over 100 stations across the US and hosted by folk icon Judy Collins.