Janet Dowd hails from Co.Armagh and has been singing for over 20 years with various bands in Ireland and England. In 2010, she released her debut album ‘300 Miles’ on Blue Cow Records. The album is a collection of traditional folk songs with a hint of bluegrass sway, inspired by the many talented musicians and wonderful songs discovered during numerous trips round Ireland and Scotland. The tracks take you through a torrent of emotions, from the moving and poignant ‘John Condon’ to the uplifting and lively ‘Wayfaring Stranger’.
Since its release, it has received considerable radio airplay on several BBC Radio stations as well as local radio shows in Ireland, UK, Europe & the USA. Live appearances include; Gerry Anderson Show (BBC Radio Ulster), Colum Sands ‘Folk Club’ (BBC Radio Ulster), Charlie McGettigans ‘Saturday Connection’ (Shannonside Radio) and Dessie Fishers ‘For Folk Sake’ (Drive 105 FM). During the past year, the album has been number 1 in Irish Music Magazine, Belfast region and her version of the song ‘John Condon’ was named the BBC Radio Devon song of the year for 2010 by Richard Digance.
Janet has collaborated with an exceptional group of local musicians to perform in venues around Ireland and recently took part in the annual Celtic Connections Festival at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. During the summer, Janet had a very successful album launch in Matt Molloys pub, Westport, Co.Mayo and has just released a live 4 track ep from the night...'Janet Dowd - Live @ Matt Molloys'.