Niamh Parsons | Women and Traditional Singing | 6 week course

  • 13th May
  • 19:00
  • €70
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
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Monday 13th May

An introduction to traditional singing facilitated by balladeer Niamh Parsons. This six week programme will explore the history of traditional singing, song provenance, being comfortable in your own voice, and some simple breathing exercises. Each week, you will work your vocal muscles and learn a new traditional song.

Niamh Parsons has come to be known as one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music, and one of the best balladeers and vocalists of her time. Her earthy, sensuous voice has drawn comparisons to such venerated singers as Dolores Keane, June Tabor and Sandy Denny. The great Scottish balladeer Archie Fisher said of her, “a songstress like her comes along once or twice in a generation.”

Throughout her career, Niamh has performed with a wide variety of artists, and has appeared at nearly every prestigious folk festival on either side of the Atlantic. As a member of the traditional Irish band Arcady (led by De Dannan's Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh), she sang on their Shanachie recording ‘Many Happy Returns’. She appeared before President Clinton and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern in Capitol Hill, Washington, joined Grammy Award winner Paul Winter for an album and a summer concert in New York, and performed on 'A Prairie Home Companion' when the show broadcast live from Dublin. Niamh is among the premier vocalists of her time, and a keeper of the flame in Irish traditional song.