Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival - Sunday Night Main Concert - The "Folky Thing"

Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival - Sunday Night Main Concert - The "Folky Thing"

Sunday, 11 June 2023, 9.00pm
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The Sunday night concert is the “Folky Thing” and this year we will return to the legendary Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar.

We are super exited to welcome singer and fiddle player Niamh Dunne.

After Beoga’s six albums, a shortlist for a Grammy and numerous international tours, Niamh is no stranger to reaching a wider international audience as a result of a chance encounter with Ed Sheeran, Foy Vance and Johnny McDaid. This led to the band co-writing Ed’s massive hit ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Nancy Mulligan’ from his album Divide. They also performed as Ed Sheeran’s only special guest on his headlining Glastonbury 2017 performance and supported him on his record-breaking Irish stadium tour in 2018.

This is Niamh’s first solo project in ten years and her first ever album made up entirely of self penned songs. The album is in 2 halves; one based on story songs inspired by traditional Irish songs and the other half based on singer-songwriter style, introspective songs that look at lived experience, feminism, family, history and connection. Both halves are a reflection on her life as a musician, from her traditional roots with the Traveller family The Dunne’s right up to writing with contemporary acts like Foy Vance and Ed Sheeran in recent years.

Her influences are rooted in traditional Irish and folk but has been at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of the tradition to explore new ground and pave the way for contemporary Irish music. She is well regarded session musician who focuses on layering lush strings and backing vocals for a myriad of different genres and projects. Niamh is also a collaborator and is always looking to expand her musical horizons with other artists and musicians.

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Added by WFABF on 6 March 2023

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