Niamh Ní Charra - BIOGRAPHY
Niamh hails from Killarney, Ireland, where she started playing music at the age of 4. A multiple award winner on both fiddle and concertina, she toured for 8 years as a soloist with Riverdance, performing in over 2500 shows, before returning to Ireland where she is now based.
She has taught both fiddle and concertina and regularly gives workshops on both instruments. She released her debut album "Ón Dá Thaobh / From Both Sides" in 2007 to much critical acclaim - it was the only Irish album on MOJO's Top Ten Folk Albums for 2007. She received the "Best Trad Music Act 2008" award from UK publication The Irish World, and "Best Fiddle/Violin 2008" by the American based Irish Music Association. Late last year she released her second album "Súgach Sámh / Happy Out" again to rave reviews - it was listed in NY Journalist Earle Hitchner's Top 30 albums for 2010, and as "probably the best album of 2010" in Irish Music Magazine.
Along with performing regularly as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh also tours extensively as a member of the Carlos Núñez band. She has also recorded with The Chieftains, and with Carlos Núñez, and this summer released her latest album, a collaboration with Basque musician, Ibon Koteron, entitled "Ó Euskadi go hÉirinn - The Basque Irish Connection".