ith her debut album, Hemet, getting critics all hot and bothered, Galway girl Niamh Regan is set to bring her new breed of folk to Greystones this weekend.
That Hemet was nominated for Best Irish Album at the RTE Choice Awards and Best Album at the RTE Folk Awards means Greystonians are in for a treat.
As Niamh and her band – Alex Borwick (trombone, synths, vocals), Caimin Gilmore (double bass, guitar, vocals) and Dominic Mullan (percussion) – pack up their van for The Whale on Sunday 12th, we asked Ms Regan to reveal those songs that can make her break down and cry.
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And just where this crazy little thing called music first took hold…
So, my background is in traditional Irish music. I grew up learning tunes, going to sessions, festivals and fleadhs for as long as I can remember. I then went on to indulge in this love by studying music in the University of Limerick.
Composition and improvisation has always been something I enjoyed from an early age so it just made sense when my angsty teenage self turned to songwriting. I experimented with ballad structures and storytelling through songs for years until I felt I found my own approach and a path towards my own sound. But yes, I’ve learned alot about my musical delivery, expression and appreciation from traditional music.
The tracks of my years…
Wilco You And I
This song is just very sweet. I feel I’ve learned a lot about love through Wilco and Jeff Tweedys song writing over the years. I’ve such a soft spot for this band, I’ll just keep returning to them and especially the lyrics.
La Force You Amaze Me
The ultimate pick me up song. I love blasting this in the car when it’s been a long day or facing a long journey.
John Francis Flynn My Son Tim
I love John’s music. I remember being blown away years ago with his flute playing and energy and I’m just so glad his new album exists.
Marcus Let Them Know
My friend and producer Alex Borwick introduced me to this Irish artist after he worked with him on his first release and I’ve been following his every release since and there hasn’t been one I didn’t like. There’s something very genuine in his words and sound.
Sun Collective Wild
This is a beautiful song and Sun Collective are just an extraordinary band. I feel they are like hidden gems, their Other Voices performance last year had me in tears. It was so good. I can’t wait to see them live asap.
You can find out more about Niamh Regan here, and grab those Whale tickets right here.
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