MUIREANN NIC AMHLAOIBH

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Biography

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Biography (Courtesy of the Artist’s site, 2006)

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (pronounced MWI-ren Nick OWL-eve) was born in 1978. She spent the first nine years of her life on the islands of Inisheer and Cape Clear where her father managed the island co-ops. The family settled in Dún Chaoin in the West-Kerry Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area), a beautiful spot overlooking the Blasket Islands.

Muireann was surrounded by music all her life. Growing up, she was immersed in the vibrant West-Kerry tradition with its wild dance music, soulful slow airs and vast repertoire of songs. Her father, a fiddler, would bring her to music sessions from a young age. There she began to play music on the flute and tin-whistle and to sing sean-nós (old-style) songs, learning from such wonderful local singers as Áine Ní Laoithe, Eilín Ní Chearna and the Begley family. She also attended Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, for several years.
Muireann attended art college in Dublin, earning a Diploma in Fine Art. She subsequently returned to music and was awarded an M.A in Traditional Music from the University of Limerick in 2002.
Muireann toured and performed with various musicians and groups before joining the group Danú in 2003. In 2004 they won the BBC 2 Folk Award for "Best Group". At the same awards, the song "The County Down" by Tommy Sands that Danú had recently recorded, won "Best Song". Muireann herself won "Best Singer" at the liveireland.com Awards in 2005. Now a regular contributor to television and radio programmes at home and abroad, she featured prominently in the recent "Highland Sessions" BBC television series, celebrating the best of Irish and Scottish traditional music and song.
Muireann's choice of song reflects her musical interests, varying from traditional Irish to American old-time and contemporary folk.


Rugadh Muireann i 1978. Chaith sí an chéad cúpla bliain dá saol in Inis Oírr agus in Oileán Chléire roimh teacht a clann chun socrú i nDún Chaoin, Co. Chiarraí.__Bhí an t-ádh le Muireann agus í ag éirí aníos go raibh ceol mór-thimpeall uirthi i gcónaí. Seinneann a hathair, Feargal, an veidhlín agus, gan dabht, tá cultúr an-láidir ceoil agus amhránaíochta i gCorca Dhuibhne. Bhíodh Muireann sáite sna seisiúin i gCiarraí Thiar agus ní fada go raibh sí ag seinnt an fheadóig mhóir, an fheadóig stáin agus ag amhránaíocht ar an sean-nós. D'fhomhlamaigh sí mórán ó amhránaithe na h-áite ar nós Áine Ní Laoithe, Eilín Ní Chearna, Páidí Mhárthan Mac Gearailt agus Muintir Uí Bheaglaoích. D'fhreastail sí ar Shiamsa Tíre i dTrá Lí ar feadh chúpla bliain chomh maith.
Bhain Muireann diplóma amach in Ealaín Fíneálta i 2000 agus M.A. sa cheol traidisiúnta ag Ollscoil Luimní i 2002.__Bhí Muireann ag seinnt is ag taisteal le an-huid grúpaí éagsúla roimh di dul leis an ngrúpa Danú i 2003. An bhliain dár gcionn bhain Danú amach an gradam don ghrúpa is fearr ag Gradaim Cheoil BBC 2. Do bhain an t-amhrán "The County Down", cumtha ag Tommy Sands agus ar a dhein Danú taifead, an gradam don amhrán is fearr an bhliain chéanna. I 2005 bronnadh an gradam don amhránaí is fearr ar Mhuireann ag Gradaim "liveireland.com". Ó shin i leith, tá sí ag taisteal ar fud an domhain le Danú, leis an amhránai Albanach, Julie Fowlis, is léi féin. Glacann sí páirt go minic ar chláracha raidió agus teilifíse. Le déanaí, bhí sí páirteach sa sraith de chuid an BBC, "The Highland Sessions".
Cé go bhfanann Muireann dílis don dtraidisiún, éistíonn sí le an-chuid stíleanna cheoil agus amhránaíochta. Tá sé sin go mór le brath ins na hamhráin éagsúla a roghnaíonn sí di féin.



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