Niamh hails from Killarney, Ireland, where she started playing music at the age of 4. A multiple award winner on both fiddle and concertina, she toured for 8 years as a soloist with Riverdance , performing in over 2500 shows, before returning to Ireland where she is now based.
She released her debut album "Ón Dá Thaobh / From Both Sides" in 2007 to much critical acclaim - it was the only Irish album on MOJO's Top Ten Folk Albums for 2007. She received the "Best Trad Music Act 2008" award from UK publication 'The Irish World', and "Best Fiddle/Violin 2008" by the American based 'Irish Music Association'. Her second album "Súgach Sámh / Happy Out" again received rave reviews - it was listed in NY Journalist Earle Hitchner's Top 30 albums for 2010, and as "probably the best album of 2010" in 'Irish Music Magazine'. She was nominated for "Top Solo Performer" in the 2011 Irish Music Awards and in January 2012 was awarded "Female Musician of the Year" in the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012, compiled by respected and renowned industry critic Bill Margeson. Her music features on the programme "Ireland in Song" which is currently airing on Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, and which is also due to be aired on PBS in spring.
Along with touring extensively as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh has also performed and recorded with The Chieftains, and with Carlos Núñez. and in 2011 released an album "The Basque Irish Connection" , in collaboration with Basque musician Ibon Koteron. She still performs occasionally with Riverdance and most recently joined them for a tour of China where she took on the additional role of Musical Director. She has taught both fiddle and concertina and regularly gives workshops and masterclasses. Her latest album "Cuz" is due for release in March and features many top class guest musicians.
More details at www.niamhnicharra.com