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    Tara Novak is a multi-genre acoustic and electric violinist and vocalist. In addition to being a dynamic solo performer, Tara is also an active composer, arranger, and orchestrator.

    Tara’s newest album, “Ciaran and Tara - Live from Boston and Ireland,” has just been released!! This is a collection of live and studio recordings by Irish Tenor Ciaran Nagle and violinist Tara Novak, showcasing the wonderful piano accompaniment of Scott Nicholas and Seamus Brett. It features a live version of Tara’s single, “The Liberties”, as well as plenty of other wonderful Irish repertoire, including beautiful new arrangements of the classics Danny Boy and Red is the Rose.

    Download this album on iTunes here:

#BostonBusinessWomen Innovation Conference

On May 9, Boston was host to a wonderful new conference at the Westin Copley Place, put together by the founders of Boston Business Women.
I was lucky enough to perform for half an hour for them and to be able to attend much of the conference!

Here is a small clip of my performance… There was half an hour of this, involving my running around the room for quite a bit. “Working the room” when it holds over 1000 women is a high-energy task! I was exhausted (and starved!) when I finished! Good thing my favorite local restaurant, the Salty Pig, was right next door to the conference…!


We Are Love – New Single

Happy Tuesday! Happy Tuesday in JANUARY!!!
Yes, here we are, another January, another New Year!
Everyone needs some upbeat pop music in the cold winter months, right?
Well, here is a link to a recently released single by singer-songwriter Stephen Michael Thornton. I orchestrated the strings and recorded the string lines for this single, once again getting the opportunity to work with the inimitable Robert Smith of Defy Recordings.
Check it out – and may 2016 be a great one!!

Christmas Eve in Boston

Hellllllloooooooo Boston!!!! Are you in town for Christmas Eve and no plans yet for dinner??
Come to Boston Chops to enjoy some of New England’s finest steaks and handmade fare – and to hear me play more Christmas music than you even knew existed!!
It will be a busy evening, and reservations are definitely recommended: 617-227-5011

On a different note, WOW, where did the year go?!?!? Oh yes, to Broadway shows, recordings, and a tour of China…that all deserves many more blog posts!!! Truly, they are coming soon!!!

Celebrate PRIDE at Boston Chops Sunday 14 June!!

Hey Boston! Celebrate PRIDE this weekend with a special brunch at Boston Chops!
I’ll be playing electric violin from 12-3pm, Sunday 14th June – with a set list made up of lots of fantastic dance and club music, all put together specifically for Pride!

Tara Electric Violin Hammerstep



Boston Chops is located at 1375 Washington Street, in the heart of the South End. Menus and more information is on their website:

p.s. I am going on tour to China, so this will also be my last Sunday at Boston Chops for the Summer…don’t miss it!!!!

The Three Irish Tenors in San Diego

Well, it seems that spring has finally arrived to snowy New England!  And with that comes flowers and leaves and the excitement of upcoming shows and events….
It has been an intense winter on top of the snow – I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a wide variety of shows – from the Broadway tour of “Motown the Musical” to a new regional production of “Big Fish” to the “Big Apple Circus” (yes! a real live circus!!!) to the Three Irish Tenors’ concerts in California…and lots of other things in between.

The concerts with the Tenors, however, were truly world class.  This ensemble is such a joy to perform with – and the music we make together on stage is magic!
We are currently working on negotiating dates for later this season, but in the mean time, here is a picture taken just after our concert at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts on March 14.
You’ll notice all the radiantly happy faces – it was a great concert!!  In the picture is (from left to right): Karl Scully, Dillon McCartney, Ciaran Nagle, and, of course, me – Tara Novak

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