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by Niamh Dunne

This song album is a mix of traditional songs and folk material, much of which has its roots in the singer's hometown of Limerick, Ireland.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Ballyneety's Walls
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2. Beauty of Limerick
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3. Bonny Woodhall
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4. Éist Do Bhéal
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5. Strange Affair
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6. Shanagolden
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7. When Autumn Comes
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8. Cáilín Rua
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9. Foxy Devil
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10. Jimmy Mo Mhíle Stór
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11. The Games People Play
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Album Notes
Debut album from Niamh Dunne

Hailing from County Limerick, Niamh Dunne has a beautifully warm, smoky voice... she’s also a classically trained violinist whose smooth fiddling is the perfect addition to the {Beoga’s} existing four-piece lineup HOT PRESS

“Niamh Dunne is a real find for Beoga” IRISH ECHO

“Gorgeous vocals” IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE

Beoga songstress/violinist Niamh Dunne will launch her first solo album entitled “Portraits” on April 29th, 2013. With master guitar player and producer Seán Óg Graham, Niamh’s first song album is a mix of traditional songs and folk material, much of which has its roots her hometown of Limerick.

The songs on this album have been selected to reflect the rich song tradition in Limerick, as well as some carefully chosen newly composed songs from some of folk music’s most prolific songwriters. Songs from Richard Thompson, John Spillane, Barry Kerr and Joe “Galway” Dolan are featured, who are all folk legends and highly respected songwriters. The album looks inwards, capturing the essence of a singer who is deeply rooted in the traditional songs of Ireland and Limerick, but also has global reach, exploring folk music as a broader genre. This album is, in its spirit, a collection of stories, stories of love and loss, of adventure, of longing and of reflection. These precious songs are matched with the brilliant musicianship of Trevor Hutchinson, Cathal Hayden, Catriona McKay, Kate Ellis, Eamon Murray and Barry Kerr.

She has been a member with the world renowned band Beoga for the last 7 years with whom she has toured extensively and recorded 3 CDs, including the Grammy short listed “The Incident” in 2009 and the Irish Echoes number 1 album of 2011, “how to tune a fish”. The Wall Street Journal describes them as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”

Niamh has toured extensively on the worldwide stage, both at home and abroad. Highlights have included Boston ICONS festival, Kansas City, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Tonder, Dranouter, Temple Bar Trad Fest, Germany’s Irish Folk Festival tour, Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Irish Unplugged tour of Holland, Guinness Christmas Austria tour, Cambridge Folk Festival, the National Celtic Festival in Australia and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.

She began to play fiddle at the age of 4, and learned her music from Mickey Dunne, the well-known piper from Limerick who is part of a rich cultural heritage of traveling musicians. She recorded a CD in 2005 with her Dad and sister, Brid, called Legacy, an album that celebrated the rich musical heritage that has been in her family for generations. A well-respected classical violinist, she twice received the high achievers award from the London Associated Board of Western Art Music, with whom she is a qualified teacher. Niamh regularly teaches in The Limerick School of Music. She is also a graduate of the Irish World Academy of Music in Limerick University with first class honors.


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