Niamh Ní Charra – BIOGRAPHY
Fiddle : Concertina : Voice (Irish & English)
Niamh Ní Charra hails from Killarney, County Kerry in the south west of Ireland. Strongly influenced by the wealth of local Sliabh Luachra musicians, she started playing music at the early age of 4, under the tutelage of renowned local musician Nicky McAuliffe. 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 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. Her second album "Súgach Sámh / Happy Out" again received 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. She was nominated for "Top Solo Performer 2011" in the Irish Music Awards and was awarded "Female Musician of the Year 2012" in the Live Ireland Music Awards, compiled by respected and renowned industry critic Bill Margeson. Her music features on the programme “Ireland in Song” which is currently airing on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, and which is also due to be aired on PBS in spring.
Along with touring extensively as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh has also performed and recorded with The Chieftains, and with Carlos Núñez. and in 2011 released an album "The Basque Irish Connection", in collaboration with Basque musician Ibon Koteron. She still performs occasionally with Riverdance and most recently joined them for a tour of China where she took on the additional role of Musical Director. She has taught both fiddle and concertina and regularly gives workshops and masterclasses. Her latest album “Cuz” is due for release in March and features many top class guest musicians.
Cuz – A Tribute to Terry “Cuz” Teahan Niamh Ní Charra 2013
Beginner’s Guide to Ireland 2012 Various 2012
A Stór mo Chroí – Irish songs of Love and Loss Various 2011
The Basque Irish Connection Niamh Ní Charra,Ibon Koteron 2011
Súgach Sámh / Happy Out Niamh Ní Charra 2010
Celtic Colours Volume XIV Various 2010
San Patricio The Chieftains 2010
Alborado Do Brasil Carlos Núñez 2009
Irish Folk Festival Rainbow Expedition Niamh Ní Charra/Liadan/Beoga 2008
Experience Ireland Various 2007
Ón Dá Thaobh/ From Both Sides Niamh Ní Charra 2007