Australian Celtic Music Awards Nominee 2015, this mother & daughter Celtic Duo are not to be missed!
Celine has travelled the world performing her haunting take on Scottish and Celtic classics, gracing such stages as The Grand Ole Opry, The Melbourne Concert Hall, The Sydney Opera House, The Bob Hope Centre in the US & The Chinese National Theatre. She has toured Australia twice with The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards as well as Tours of New Zealand and the USA. Samantha in her short career has had the priviledge to support both Rod Stewart and STING at NZs iconic Mission Concert, as well as performances in London, Jakarta, Australia & China.
Together they form ‘Mo Ghra 'my love'. Their love for music, heritage and the love of a mother and daughter sees performances of truly inspirational and uplifting ’Celtic Passion’ their musical context spanning links between their native Scotland & Aotearoa-New Zealand".
In 2011 Mo Ghra was formed during a trip to China where a producer told this mother & daughter that they should perform together! Upon return to NZ, they set about creating their sound and image. By 2014, they were well established and returned to China, including performances in Beijing and Shanghai and onto Australia. in 2015 Mo Ghra were nominated in the Australian Celtic Music Awards for 'best album' with 'ALBA TO AOTEAROA'. In 2016, Celine performed the infamous Chinese National Theatre where she secured an invitation for MO GHRA to attend a Chinese Festival in 2017 and they have now scheduled a Chinese Tour for 2018.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland into a musical family, it was inevitable that Celine would follow the same path. As a teenager, her family emigrated to NZ and there began a wonderful and fulfilling musical career. At 13 she was winning talent quests and Country Music Awards all around the country and it wasn’t long before she was venturing internationally with performances across the globe.
Celine was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde character as a youngster. Shy and demure off stage and a fire cracker under the stage lights. This endeared her to audiences both young and old as her infectious presence was hard to resist. Home life was with a large family and there was always music. Dad Jim was Country Music mad and had all the girls performing in the family band as soon as he could. Mum, Dad and the three girls (Lynne, Celine & Adrienne) entered competitions across the country and had the trophy cupboard continually full! As Celine got a bit older, doors opened and so began the television appearances, (including the successful NZ ‘That’s Country’ series) and opening act to major celebrities and recording albums.
Celine is an all round homemaker. She loves to cook, she sews & she knits. In the early days she made all her own costumes and there was always a cake for the band on rehearsal nights! Still is!
In 1984 she married Barry Green with a caution to him, never to make her stop singing! Consequently he took up managing her and is still her manager/husband today. Barry introduced Celine to the International scene and is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to first class bookings and performances in exotic places! They travelled the world and Celine gave performances in Australia, & USA including singing with George Hamilton IV at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee. Through this performance she was invited back the following year as an International Guest at Fanfare Nashville TN.
In 1990 she took a break from music and they had a beautiful baby girl, Samantha Annie Toner-Green. What a joy! Before she could walk, she could sing and there began her musical career with mum and dad - today friends still call them 'The Three Musketeers'.
In 1992 Celine got back to work with two amazing performers Jodie Vaughan & Barbie Davidson. They formed the group GIRLSTALK. This was a fantastic time for Celine as she was introduced to the world of cabaret. The girls choreographed and costumed their own shows and were together for 8 years. In that time they opened for Ricky Scaggs, The Little River Band and Kenny Rogers as well as performing in Fiji and Australia. Recording and television appearances kept them very busy.Fun times to be sure!
In 2000 she travelled to South America performing in Chile, Argentina & Brazil. A whirlwind tour with PATA (Pacific Asia Tourist Assn) and an experience she will treasure forever. Two successful NZ tours performing the music of Shania Twain, and a 3rd tour performing Celines Blues Show, were packed into 2001/2.
2002 sparked her interest in Celtic Music when she was approached to Tour as sole vocalist with the UK based Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Taking her back to her roots Celine was enlightened and eager to pursue this musical avenue. The 1st Tour took in 37 shows throughout Australia and NZ with subsequent Tours to the USA. Celine performed at The Bob Hope Centre in California, The Sydney Opera House in Australia & The Melbourne Concert Hall in Australia. Just three of the major concert halls of the world.
Since embarking on a career in Celtic Music, Celine has performed in Jakarta Indonesia, Australia and China.
Meanwhile in green rooms around the world Samantha grew up surrounded by music! From age 7 she was eager to join Mum on stage and so made cameo appearances singing songs to delighted audiences. She was clearly a destined entertainer who craved the spotlight!
Through her high school years at Auckland’s St Mary’s College, Samantha discovered her love for classical singing and musical theatre. St Mary’s has a rich tradition in classical music being where the late Sr Mary Leo masterfully taught Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Tutored by Catherine Harrop Samantha won the Junior and Senior classical singing cups, was the lead in her senior musical – the narrator in Joseph And His Technicolour Dream Coat – and completed the Royal School of Music examinations up to grade 8. Samantha was also given the tremendous opportunity to have lessons with the renowned international opera coach Francis Wilson-Fitzgerald being a former pupil of St Mary’s College.
With high school coming to an end Samantha decided she wanted to embrace her classical training and start a girl group with like minded young ladies. Samantha formed EVE, a group of girls who performed classical crossover songs. The group was an adventure for Samantha and Celine who helped manage the group. Throughout 2008-2010 the group had many successful performances at the likes of Coca Cola Christmas In The Park, TV3’s Telethon for Kids Can, along with various conferences, festivals and television appearances. The group was also chosen to open for Lionel Ritchie in 2009! After a wonderful trip to London to meet with Producers and Record Label Companies to further the groups career, sadly the girls decided to go their separate ways.
Samantha went on to join forces with Cassandra McCowan a former EVE member to form HEY MISS a pop covers duo. The girls opened for Sting and Rod Stewart at the 2011 and 2012 Mission Concerts receiving rave reviews and had many other fantastic performance opportunities throughout those years.
Samantha’s musical abilities grew and her stage persona developed. Performing backing vocals in Celine’s Celtic shows around the world, Samantha started to research her family’s Celtic heritage. Being half Scottish she felt a strong connection to the music and pretty soon Mo Ghra – My Love was formed.
They are set to take the world by storm with beautiful renditions of traditional ballads and timeless classics. Audiences around the globe feel their enthusiasm and lap up their natural vocal blend. Celine and Samantha love performing together…
What stronger bond is there than that of a Mother and Daughter…………….
MO GHRA travelled with Limelight Productions Director Barry Green to Shanghai on October 18th to attend the 2017 Shanghai Performing Arts Festival. What a wonderful experience for the team. They attended various workshops including Going to Mainland China! Many connections were made across the globe and further negotiations on their 2018 China Tour...... Watch this space!
YE SAN PO, HEBEI DISTRICT, CHINA
MO GHRA were delighted to be asked to perform at the opening ceremony of the YE SAN PO Tourist Park in China. What an event. Televised by 15 TV stations and viewed by over 500 MILLION people on various social media platforms, this event proved the ppower of social media!!! MO GHRA are negotiating a 3 week Tour of China for 2018.
Invitation to Yesanpo, China
MO GHRA have been invited to perform at the innaugural Yesanpo International Folk & Arts Festival 2017. It is a great honor for us to have received this invitation. The event will be televised by 15 TV channels with a half billion viewers. From little old NZ to Yesanpo, China....................excited!
MO GHRA have been invited to attend the Yesanpo International Folk Music & Arts Festival to be held from July 6th to July 9th, 2017. Yesanpo is an hour out of Beijing, China. The Festival is televised to millions across China and MO GHRA will feature 5 performances over the weekend. Watch this space!
Our manager is heading once again to Shanghai to secure our 2017 performances.
Barry and Celine are heading to Nashville in June - looking to secure some original songs for Mo Ghra - roll on 2017
Samantha is off on her OE with her partner to Europe for 6 whole months! A well earned holiday. We miss her already!
CELINEto perform at The Chinese National Theatre in Beijing as part of the CIVA Conference 2015. Our manager Barry Green to speak.
Management has been invited by the South Korean Government to attend their international music festival in Seoul in September. Another opportunity to spread the MO GHRA word. A brief stop in Beijing on the way home to further cement relationships!
MO GHRA SHOWREEL RELEASE
This eagerly anticipated performance showreel has now been edited and online for our international clients. MO GHRA look forward to further opportunities over the coming months.
See our video page.
Air New Zealand Kia Ora Magazine
Mo Ghra will feature in the July issue of Air NZs prestigious 'Kia Ora' Magazine. Their music will also feature on the inflight music channels.
Mo Ghra will be giving a concert to celebrate their album release. The cancellation of their 2013 tour last November due to Samanthas illness left many asking when can they see them perform. The night promises to be spectacular. Mo GHra will perform all the songs from their brand new album 'Alba to Aotearoa' as well as many more favorites. The concert will also be filmed in order to produce a promotional video for International Clients.
Management to travel to China & Singapore
Mo Ghras management will travel to China & Singapore this week to negotiate their 2015 concert schedule. Very exciting times ahead.
Australian Celtic Music Awards
Mo Ghra are nominated for 3 Awards at the 2014 Australian Celtic Music Awards
Celine is to perform at the 25th Anniversary of The Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo - Paeroa Domain. What a pleasure to be asked to sing at this prestigious event.
Chinese National Tour
Oct, 17 12:00 PM
We are very lucky to have secured a National Tour of China at various Concert Theatres. Dates to come!
The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland
Jun, 15 12:00 AM
A Celebration Concert - In 2013 Mo Ghra had to cancel their National Tour and Debut Album release due to Samanthas ill health. THis concert will celebrate getting their dream back on track! Mo Ghra can't wait to entertain their family, friends and fans with a one-off concert.
Currently planning shows in China, Asia and Australia. Further information to come.
Howick RSA, Auckland
May, 10 05:00 AM
In concert with The RNZAF Band
Bruce Mason Centre
May, 18 10:00 AM
In concert with The RNZAF Band
Silverdale RSA Auckland
May, 23 07:30 PM
In Concert with The RNZAF Band
Glen Innes, Australia
Jun, 17 12:00 PM
MO GHRA perform at the Glen Innes Highland Gathering. Their Album 'ALBA TO AOTEAROA' is nominated for 'Album of The Year' at the Australian Celtic Music Awards.
Waihi Beach RSA
Jan, 09 06:00 AM
Jan, 16 07:30 PM
Jan, 23 09:30 PM
Mar, 05 09:00 PM
The Lake, HAMILTON
Dec, 17 04:00 PM
Hamilton In The City 2016
Mar, 11 08:00 AM
MO GHRA are supporting Molly G Paige in a fund raising concert to get her to The L.A World Championships of Performing Arts later this year. A great line up of artists are performing and we look forward to being a part of this fun show.
HILTON HOTEL, AUCKLAND
Mar, 17 05:08 PM
Join MO GHRA for St Patricks day Celebrations at The Hitlon Hotel this Friday, Viaduct, Auckland. A truly ecelectic mix of Celtic Songs.
May, 27 08:00 AM
MO GHRA are making a guest appearance at the New Horizon Show in Orewa - produced by Jim Morragh
Jul, 05 12:00 AM
MO GHRA have 6 performances at The Yesanpo Intertnational Folk Music and Arts festival 2017
YE SAN PO, HEBEI DISTRICT, CHINA
Jul, 06 12:00 AM
Beautiful Ye San PO - The opening cermony and 5 other performances for this amazing tourist destination
Oct, 17 12:00 PM
MO GHRA join Limelight Productions once again on their expo to China. They will perform in front of producers from the world over with a view to Touring their show 'ALBA TO AOTEAROA' through China.