A Letter Home is an album that ranges across the intersections of Irish and Scottish music with an instrumental voice and style informed by the fiddler's American experiences. "I called this album A Letter Home because it's really like a set of landmarks, it's my favorite pie...more
Athena Tergis hails from San Francisco where she released her first album at age 16. Shortly after, she moved to Ireland to follow her musical passions where she lived for over 3 years playing with groups such as the Sharon Shannon Band. Her musical journey brought her to London and then on to New York where she starred in Riverdance on Broadway for the full year and a half run of the show. Her talent for many genres of music attracted the attention of Bruce Springsteen’s sax player, Clarence Clemmons with whom she toured for over a year.
In 2001 Athena joined up with Mick Moloney, John Doyle and Billy McComiskey in the Green Fields of America playing Traditional Irish tunes and songs at they’re best while exploring the music’s journey to America. The Green Fields of America’s self-titled album was on Compass records, as was Absolutely Irish! a documentary about 2 special concerts produced by Paul Wagner for PBS. Also on Compass records, Athena Tergis’ solo album ‘A Letter Home’ was produced and accompanied by John Doyle.
In 2009, Athena performed as a featured soloist in a 49-city tour of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra. With a tour of China scheduled for 2010, Athena began composing, working with several top classical composers and arranger.
Now living in the village of Montalcino in Tuscany, central Italy; Athena and husband Mario Bollag have built a state of the art recording studio called TerraLuna Studios in the hills of Tuscany www.terralunastudio.it . While still touring regularly, Athena is also very involved in running their winery, Terralsole.