Irish singer songwriter Niamh Regan embarks on her debut tour of Australia throughout March 2023, made possible thanks to the support of Culture Ireland.
NIAMH REGAN AUSTRALIA TOUR
2nd March: Indi Bar – Scarborough, Perth
3rd – 6th March: Nannup Music Festival – Southwest Region
10th – 13th March: Port Fairy Festival – Victoria
15th March: The Merri Creek Tavern – Melbourne
16th March: Brunswick Artists’ Bar – Melbourne
18th – 20th March: Blue Mountains Music Festival – Katoomba
22nd March: Leichhardt Bowling Club – Sydney
23rd March: Smith’s Alternative – Canberra
24th – 26th March: Yackandandah Folk Festival – Victoria
Niamh says “Fresh out of the studio with the second album wrapped, I am beyond excited now to get on that plane and head to Australia and play. I never thought I’d be so lucky to explore a new country through music. It’s like a dream! I feel really grateful for this opportunity to tour my songs, so I want to say a big thanks to Culture Ireland and all the venues and festivals who are making it happen.”
28-year-old Niamh Regan is a critically acclaimed songwriter from county Galway, Ireland. Her debut album Hemet (2020, Black Gate Records) announced her arrival as one of the most distinctive songwriters in Ireland today. Earning nominations for both the RTE Folk Awards’ and the Choice Awards’ Album of the Year, the album received soaring praise, and led to performances on The Late Late Show, Other Voices, and La Blogothèque.
“A game-changing record” – The Journal of Music
“A quietly stunning debut” – The Sunday Times
“A quiet and determined triumph” – The Irish Times
“One of the best albums released this year… sublime” – Nialler9
“Stunning” – Hot Press
“A bewitching album” – Irish Independent
“A heartfelt, timeless, and captivating release” – Folk Radio UK
RTÉ Radio 1 – Album of the Week
Following her studies in flute and guitar in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL, Regan honed her craft as a songwriter by travelling between Ireland and California, writing about her experiences along the way. As a result, her songs seamlessly weave the intimacy of the Irish lyrical tradition with the expansive breadth of American songwriters such as Karen Dalton, Stevie Nicks, and Joni Mitchell, but the resulting sound is entirely her own.
A natural storyteller, Regan’s songs are windows into her world, snapshots of the intimacy of everyday life. This is evident on her latest EP, In the Meantime, which was generously supported by the Galway International Arts Festival Elevate Bursary. The EP is a collection of songs written during the challenges of the pandemic, exploring themes of acceptance, uncertainty, independence, family guilt, silence, and ordinary acts of love. With her singular mastery, Regan’s songwriting draws us into the intricate details of everyday life and elevates them into something universal.
Niamh has been busy performing live from Ireland to the UK, Switzerland to LA, playing to the masses at much loved festivals – Body & Soul, All Together Now, Another Love Story, Féile na Bealtaine, and Galway International Arts Festival, an intimate chalet in the Swiss Alps, a sold out show at Hotel Café, Los Angeles, and the Folk Alliance International Conference in Missouri, USA. She has opened shows for the likes of SOAK, Fionn Regan, Damien Dempsey, Paul Brady, Sorcha Richardson, and The Lost Brothers, and joined James Vincent McMorrow at The Barbican, London.
Next stop, Australia.