All about me


About Myself




Books: Netherland by Joseph O'Neill

Writers: William Trevor, Mary Higgins Clark

Quote: "The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune" - OLD IRISH PROVERB

Food: spuds (of course) [potatoes] / salads / eggplant parmesian

Travel Desinations: Dublin, Ireland / anywhere in the USA and France

Favorite Singers: (current) Bruce Springsteen, (of the past) Jo Stafford and the singers of the Big Band Era and "Pop" singers of the 50's and 60's where one could 'hear' the words and the entertainer's tone and inflections and not be 'drowned-out' by the band or orchestra.

Favorite Irish Song: Galway Bay

Favorite Song: How Great Thou Art


   I was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland. I began my singing career there with the Bobby Murphy Orchestra singing at small Charity Concerts and a few other "jobs" around the Country. My first real break came when I sang at the Theatre Royal with the House Orchestra conducted by Jimmy Campbell. I sang the then little known song "Isle of Innisfree". The audience was wild with applause and enthusiasm. Later, I began appearing at the Capitol Theatre and sang with the Johnny Devlin Orchestra at the Crystal Ballroom. I sang with the Big Bands of Des Fretwell at Seapoint Ballroom in Salthill, Co. Galway and  the Ambrose Orchestra in Ireland and England. Eventually, I came to America. It was the mid-fifties when I appeared on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts Radio Show and won the contest. My prize was to then appear on the show for the next three days. I did; and I stayed on as a "regular" for six additional years. The American audience came to know of me from my daily appearances on the show with my singing and telling of humorous anecdotes about my life. This won for me instant popularity. In the intervening years, I have appeared in numerous musicals, engaged in repartee on the various talk shows and have performed for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and to SRO audiences at Carnegie Hall for more than 25 years. I've done commercials and recorded numerous albums. I've done Summer Theatre and Summer Fair Circuits and have performed in Nightclubs, Supper Clubs and given many Benefit Concerts for needy causes. I have been truly blessed!

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   After graduating from the Godfrey show, Ms. Quinn became a popular guest on many of the national television talk shows. Viewers of the early Today Show, the Tonight Show, the Dick Cavett Show the Merv Griffin Show, Nashville Now, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, America's Talking, and The Ralph Emery Show fell in love with her unique charm and talent time and time again. Her annual concert in Carnegie Hall has had the manager posting the Sold Out signs for more than 25 years. She has starred on stage in Wildcat, Finian's Rainbow, The Boy Friend, The Sound of Music and others. Her numerous albums and cassettes and CD's, many of which are available, have earned accolades from every sector of the populace; her special love for children engendered "Patrick Muldoon and His Magic Balloon" - a recording which earned her a prestigious Grammy Award nomination, and a recent offer to do her own children's show.

   Whether singing or telling her wonderfully outrageous anecdotes or meeting the great demand for speaking engagements, she immediately has an audience in the palm of her hand - making it sing, laugh, or reminisce. Quoting the ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA EVENING TIMES GLOBE, "She is a graduate of the Dublin school of stage artistry... their finest and best-known living product... mixing humor with the pathos of story-telling and superb showmanship... no one quite beguiles an audience so quickly or more effortlessly".

   Ms. Quinn has received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Elms College for her lifetime of service to the community and is only the second woman to have received the John F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in her field of activity. In the rare moments she finds for herself, Carmel enjoys being with her family, taking long walks, settling down with a good book, or pouring over the latest New York Times crossword puzzle.  

Artist, Singer, Humorist, Entertainer


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