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« on: June 24, 2007, 04:36PM »

I recently obtained The Celtic Tenors Live In Concert DVD, which was produced in 2002 from a concert the Tenors did in Germany.

Besides the Tenors themselves, there are a number of guest artists (dancers, singers, instrumentalists). Two of these are of note: Máiréad Nesbitt plays two or three pieces, including "There Is No Night" (why do you think I got the DVD? Grin Grin Grin), and our Deirdre Shannon sings a couple of numbers with the group.

On the jacket of the DVD Deirdre is listed by her real name: Deirdre Gilsenan. I heard the story of why she changed her stage name from "Gilsenan" to "Shannon". Apparently the "s" in "Gilsenan" has sort of a "sh" sound, so that "Gilsenan" is actually pronounced more like "Gilshenan". For the sake of simplicity Deirdre just dropped the "Gil" part of the name, then morphed the remaining "Shenan" into the more familiar "Shannon".

But be that as it may, on the credits of the DVD itself she is listed as "Deirdre Correa". I knew that she had also used this name (now I know where!) but I was wondering if anyone knows and could tell us why she would have chosen "Correa" as a performing name. And if it was working for her, what prompted her to change back to "Gilsenan/Shannon"?

Just wondering....

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 08:11PM »

About 11 years later, I'm still wondering.

Her real name is Deirdre Gilsenan.

Her primary stage name is Deidre Shannon.

Does anyone know why Deirdre went by the name "Deirdre Correa" in The Celtic Tenors: Live in Concert DVD?

She's listed as Deirdre Correa in the credits, but on the back cover, she's mentioned as Deirdre Gilsenan. Wink

What other things (if any) did she record under that name?

I'm kind of wondering if "Deirdre Correa" was intentional or if someone just messed up the credits.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 09:25PM »

  Good question.  This raises speculation of course.  It could have something to do with her personal life before she met her current husband.  It's possible Deirdre was married earlier in her life and we just didn't know much about it because it went  too far back. I don't know- pure speculation as  I  said.  Or the Deirdre Correa perhaps was a completely different person like a support performer  who accidentally got credited instead of our Deirdre. I will have to look into this.   Undecided
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