Niamh Regan in concert
Irish singer-songwriter Niamh Regan will play in our Marquee in Mountshannon on Friday 24th September at 8pm as part of our festival. She has received consistent praise for her debut album ‘Hemet’, released late 2020 via Black Gate Records.
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“A game-changing record” – The Journal of Music
“A quietly stunning debut” – The Sunday Times
“A quiet and determined triumph” – The Irish Times
“One of the best albums released this year… sublime” – Nialler9
“Stunning” – Hot Press
“A bewitching album” – Irish Independent
“A heartfelt, timeless, and captivating release” – Folk Radio UK
RTÉ Radio 1 – Album of the Week
The Irish Times described Regan’s early teenage demos as “bursting with potential”, and at seventeen this precocious folk singer won a Paul Brady scholarship to study flute and guitar in the University of Limerick. Here, she formed the trad/bluegrass band Juhn Echo, and once again drew plaudits from The Irish Times who highlighted her “stunning vocals”.
After completing a degree in music, Niamh released her debut solo EP in 2017, and follow-up single ‘What To Do’ in 2018, earning gushing praise from the likes of Hot Press (“beautifully crafted... captivating”) and Nialler9 (“a timbre that is commanding and wise”).
But who is 26-year-old Niamh Regan now? Comparisons with contemporary artists such as Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, This Is the Kit and Sarah Jarosz have popped up regularly in the UK and Irish press, while discerning critics detect the influence of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, Tom Waits, Paul Brady, and Karen Dalton.
One thing is for sure, with the release ‘Hemet’, Niamh Regan carved out her own niche in the world of contemporary folk music. Prepare to hear something synchronously earthly and familiar, yet intoxicatingly fresh.
Niamh is currently working on a new EP to be released October 2021.