RISING star Niamh Dunne will be launching her first solo album in her hometown of Limerick next weekend after an extensive worldwide tour.
Hailing from Caherconlish, Co Limerick, the classically trained violinist has been a member with the world renowned band Beoga for the past decade, with whom she has toured extensively and recorded three CDs, including the Grammy shortlisted “The Incident”.
The Wall Street Journal describes them as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”
The 28 year-old will have a brief stop-off in Limerick next weekend, in the midst of further tours with Beoga, which is on tour to Luxembourg and Austria this summer.
While she has played in festivals from Milwaukee to Malaysia, nothing beats the anticipation of entertaining her home crowd.
“Limerick has always been my favourite place to play, out of all the amazing places I’ve been down through the years, it’s hard to beat the home crowd. It’ll be a special night,” she told the Limerick Leader.
She will be launching her debut album, entitled Portraits, a mix of traditional songs and folk material, in Dolan’s Warehouse on Friday next, May 10.
Produced by master guitar player Seán Óg Graham, she said much of the album reflects the rich song tradition in Limerick, as well as some carefully chosen and newly composed songs from some of folk music’s most prolific songwriters.
References to Limerick are sprinkled across the 11-track album, from Ballyneety’s Walls, the Beauty of Limerick and even a song dedicated to a romance in Shanagolden.
Her own roots in music run deep, having learned to play fiddle from the age of four from her dad Mickey Dunne, the well-known piper, who is part of a rich cultural heritage of travelling musicians.
Portraits will be officially released May 1. It will be available for download from iTunes, in all good record shops and on niamhdunne.com in the near future.