Summer Tour 2023, Northeast US/Canada
About Celtic Psalms
Welcome to Celtic Psalms, the homepage for four stunning albums by Kiran Young Wimberly & The McGraths. Recorded in Northern Ireland, Celtic Psalms Vol. 1 (2013), Celtic Psalms: The Lord’s My Shepherd Vol. 2 (2015), Celtic Psalms: Rest in the Shelter Vol. 3 (2018), and Celtic Psalms: May We Rise Vol. 4 (2022) are four collections of psalms set to traditional Irish and Scottish melodies. Kiran Young Wimberly & The McGraths have performed in Ireland and in North America, and their music has been featured on Irish (RTE) and British (BBC) national television and radio. GIA Music Publishers have published beautiful scores of all of the Celtic Psalms albums. You can find Celtic Psalms music on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms. Celtic Psalms music allows a space for the ancient words of the Psalms, combined with soulful Celtic melodies, to bring people together in shared humanity, across community divides.
Download MP3s: https://www.celticpsalms.com/store/
Purchase CDs: https://www.celticpsalms.com/cds/
Purchase Full Scores: https://www.celticpsalms.com/gia-scores/
The Creators of Celtic Psalms
Rev. Kiran Young Wimberly is the songwriter, arranger, co-producer and creator of the Celtic Psalms project, which she began in 2013 along with the McGraths and Dónal O’Connor. She is an American Presbyterian minister and spiritual director who first moved to Ireland in 2007 and has a deep love for traditional Irish music. All the Celtic Psalms music has begun as prayer – small and quiet with Kiran’s guitar and voice – and has taken on rich harmonies and instrumental layers through collaboration with the McGraths and Dónal O’Connor.
Learn more about Kiran’s work at www.kiranyoungwimberly.com
The McGraths (in photo left to right – Kelly, Chloe, Ellen and Declan, with Kiran in the middle) have recorded four Celtic Psalms albums with Kiran and Dónal. Their heavenly yet earthy sound has provided the bedrock of Celtic Psalms music since its inception in 2013. They live in Dungannon and support local arts through drama and music. Kiran and the McGraths have shared their music on live TV and radio in Ireland and Britain, and have also traveled to the US to share their music multiple times.
Ellen and Chloe are the eldest of Declan and Kelly’s five children.
Dónal O’Connor is a renowned Irish fiddler, composer, producer, television presenter from Oriel, Ireland. Dónal has recorded and co-produced all the Celtic Psalms albums with Kiran and the McGraths at RedBox Recording Studios in Belfast, and his contribution has added richness and layers, and a sophistication rooted in the best quality of Irish traditional music through his studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It has been a joy to work with Dónal since 2013.
We are fortunate to have been joined over the years by a number of stellar traditional musicians. Our recordings have included legendary instrumentalists including John McSherry (pipes/whistles), Neil Martin (cello), Niall Hanna (guitar), Jack Warnock (guitar), Eilís Lavelle (harp), Brendan Mulholland (flute), and others. Frequent contributors to our live concerts include Helen Killick (fiddle), Damian Cullen (keyboards), and Cassie Campbell (harp), as well as other friends and collaborators.