Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne | Live at Fylde

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Live at Fylde

by Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne

This is one of those 'would've given all to be there” live records (you can tell that by the ultra-enthusiastic reception Niamh and Graham get from the audience).
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. The Boys of Barr na Sraide
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2. The Rigs of Rye
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3. One Morning in May
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4. Blackbirds and Thrushes
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5. An Paistin Fionn
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6. The Southwest Wind/The Petticoat Loose (Jigs)
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7. The Kilnamartyra Exile
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8. The Men that God made Mad
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9. The Briar and the Rose
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10. Black is the Colour
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11. The Flower of Magherally O
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Niamh Parsons has come to be known as one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music. Her voice has drawn comparisons to such venerated singers as Dolores Keane, June Tabor and Sandy Denny. The great Scottish balladeer Archie Fisher said of Niamh, "a songstress like her comes along once or twice in a generation."

It has been said that Niamh Parsons may not be the most famous Irish Balladeer, but many feel she's the best. Described in the Boston Herald as both emotionally haunting and tonally as clear as crystal, Niamh's albums have been 'must-have' collector's items for any lover of songs and singing. Niamh has recorded six studio albums and one live album to date. For the last 7 years, Niamh has been playing in a duet with Ennis-based Graham Dunne—there is a spiritual bond between Niamh and Graham when they perform, which draws out the essence of the songs.

Niamh developed this love into a penchant for collecting songs. She is always on the lookout for songs that speak to her — listening to new albums, scouring the Traditional Music Archives in Dublin, sharing notes with a network of friends and other singers. Once she discovers a song she likes, Niamh views herself as the vehicle for the music. "For me the song is more important than listening to my voice," she says. "I consider myself more a songstress than a singer—a carrier of tradition."

In September 2005, Niamh and Graham recorded a concert at the Fylde Folk Festival, in the UK, and released this as a live album Live at Fylde which features many favourite of Niamh's traditional songs, all on one album


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Mark Kaiser


Quite simply the best voice in Irish music. Her chemistry with Graham Dunne really comes through in this ephemerel setting. Dunne is an amazing player that allows so much space for her voice to be, and yet provides as much structure as the song needs. As a player of irish music and a researcher of songs, myself, I find Niamh Parsons' treatments touch me and move me in ways no other singer has. The Briar and the Rose, the Men that God Made Mad, and an uptempo version of the Flower of Magherally - there's not a bad track here, the audience's energy and response from the performers....there are just too many reasons to buy this CD.