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Niamh Ní Charra

Niamh Ní Charra - BIOGRAPHY

Niamh Ní Charra hails from Killarney, County Kerry and started playing music at the age of 4. 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. She tours extensively with her own band, and regularly guests with other international artists. She was awarded "Female Musician of the Year 2014" in the Live Ireland Music Awards and has released four albums to date, all of which have received great critical and popular acclaim - the latest, “Cuz”, was awarded “Instrumental Album of the Year” in the Chicago’s TIR awards. All four albums feature compositions of Niamh’s alongside traditional Irish music and song. Her music features on the programme “Ireland in Song” which aired both on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, and on America’s PBS.

Along with touring extensively as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh has also performed and recorded with The Chieftains, and with Spanish Sony artist 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 masterclasses on both fiddle and concertina, is a respected music adjudicator, has performed for several presidents and members of royalty and has additionally coordinated concerts hosted by the Irish Embassy, on behalf of the government.