Traditional Irish Music
What’s Next? is the debut album from Co. Clare native Eimear Arkins. Recorded in St Louis, Missouri where Eimear has been living for the last number of years, the album is a collection of traditional Irish ballads, Sean Nós songs and fiddle tunes.
Eimear’s love for the music of her home county and its exponents is evident throughout the album with compositions by renowned Clare fiddle players Junior Crehan and Bobby Casey. The title of the album comes from a jig Eimear composed in 2013 when she was finishing her undergraduate legal studies at University College Cork. At the time, she was inundated with queries as to what was in store for her post-graduation and thus she ironically named the jig, What’s Next?
Among her singing influences, Eimear cites her father, Joe, a well known seanchai and singer, as well as Nan Tom Teamin, Deirdre Scanlon, Nora Butler, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, The Begley’s and Nuala Kennedy. Many of the songs on the album were sourced or learned from these notable singers.
A veteran of the Fleadh Cheoil competition scene, Eimear has won eleven solo All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles and over 30 provincial titles. Since the first Fleadh Cheoil in 1950, Eimear is the only female to win senior titles for what is known as the trio of vocal competitions; English singing, Irish singing and lilting.
Eimear moved to Missouri in August 2014 to pursue a Masters in Journalism at the University of Missouri and since then she has immersed herself in the Irish music scene in St Louis and plays regularly with St Louis natives, Eileen Gannon (harp) and Kevin Buckley (guitar) both of whom are featured accompanists on the album.
Over the last 12 months, Eimear has been touring and performing throughout the US with The Paul Brock Band and she will be touring with the band again in October/November 2018.
If you are an Irish radio broadcaster you can download a digital copy of the album from our download centre here on Tradconnect. Contact us for details.
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