Traditional Irish Music
Niamh Ní Charra hails from Killarney, County Kerry. 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 from 1998 to 2006 as a soloist with Riverdance, before returning to Ireland where she is now based. Niamh Ní Charra will be joined on the night by Kevin Corbett on guitar.
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Most recently Niamh was awarded “Female Musician of the Year 2014″ in the Live Ireland Music Awards, compiled by respected and renowned industry critic Bill Margeson. Her latest album “Cuz”, featuring many top class guest musicians, received great critical acclaim including “Instrumental Album of the Year” in the Chicago Irish American News’ TIR awards for 2014. Her music features on the programme “Ireland in Song” currently airing on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, and which also featured on PBS.
Previously her debut album “From Both Sides” 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″ from the American based Irish Music Association. Her second album “Happy Out” followed in 2010 again to great reviews. 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.
Along with touring extensively as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh Ní Charra 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, most recently for a tour of China, where she took on the additional role of Musical Director. She regularly gives workshops and master classes, on both fiddle and concertina, and has performed for several presidents and members of royalty and has additionally coordinated concerts hosted by the Irish embassy, on behalf of the government.
Kevin Corbett is a much sought after guitarist form Newport, Co. Mayo. He took up the guitar at 16 citing the classic rock players of the 70's and early blues players as major influences before a chance encounter led Kevin down the road of traditional Irish acoustic accompaniment. Shortly after making this transition, Kevin began touring extensively, working as a freelance session musician for many productions such as world renowned dance show Ragús, as well as musicals and theatrical performances. He regularly shares the stage with some of the top musicians in the country, including Michael McGoldrick, Matt Molloy and Seamus Begley among others. In addition, he has taught at various festivals both home and abroad, and performs regularly on Irish television and radio.
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