Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks are a Celtic pagan folk/doom folk band fronted by the Long Beach-based Irish multi-instrumentalist singer Joy Shannon on Celtic harp, cello and harmonium. Taking their name from the birth marks that once could condemn a woman to death for being a witch during the Middle Ages, the Beauty Marks have released 6 studio albums: “As in the Wilderness” (2008), “The Opium Wars or Love in Lieu of Laudanum” (2009), “The Black Madonna” (2010), “Out of My Dreams and Into My Arms” (2011), “The Oracle” (2013, Kalinkaland Records, Germany) and “”Mo Anam Cara” (2014, Triple Goddess Records).

“Mo Anam Cara” is Shannon’s most conceptual, pagan and ghostly work to date, based entirely on the ancient Celtic calendar with a song for every ancient holiday from Samhain to Mabon, complete with stories of the goddesses that govern each time of year. Shannon has performed throughout California, the UK and Europe.

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Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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