The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 13 April is from Niamh Ní Charra and is called Cuz. Ross Macfadyen talks to Niamh about her music, life and her new album on Saturday 13 April at 12noon and 12midnight and on Monday 15 April at 6.00pm.
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 four, 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.
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.
the Year”. Her music features on the programme “Ireland in Song” currently airing on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, and which is also due to be aired on PBS later this year.
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.
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, has performed for several presidents and members of royalty and has additionally coordinated concerts hosted by the Irish embassy, on behalf of the government.
Album of the Week, Saturday 13 April 12noon and 12midnight and Monday 15 April at 6.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.