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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Recipient of the 2011 Gradaim Ceoil TG4 Amhránaí na Bliana/Singer of the Year and lead-singer and flute player with the group “Danú”, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh grew up in Dún Chaoin, Co. Kerry. There, she was immersed in the vibrant West-Kerry music tradition. 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 wonderful local singers. She was awarded an M.A. in Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick in 2002. She has tutored both flute and singing in the University.

Muireann toured and performed with various musicians and groups before joining Danú in 2003. In 2004 Danú 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. She has toured the world with her music visiting countries as far flung as India, Bulgaria and Jordan and performed for such dignitaries as An t-Uachtarán Mary McAleese, An Taoiseach, The President of Bulgaria and the EU Assembly. She continues to tour regularly with Danú.

Now a regular contributor to television and radio programmes at home and abroad, she featured prominently in the BBC series “Transaltantic Sessions” in 2011 alongside Eddi Reader, Jerry Douglas, Sharon Shannon and Béla Fleck. She also co-hosted and performed at the 2007 and 2009 Gradam Ceoil TG4 and has presented and contributed to many music programmes, nationally and internationally, on television and on radio. Most recently Muireann co-presented and performed on the TG4/BBC Alba series Tigh an Cheoil, and Geantraí na Nollag 2012.

Muireann is extremely sought after both as a vocalist and flute player and has collaborated with many musicians at home and abroad such as Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, with whom she recorded the album Dual, Darrell Scott, Liam Clancy, Na Píobairí Uilleann, and the Philip Kutev Choir of Bulgaria. Sha also regularly gives workshops in singing and flute playing.

Faighteor Amhránaí na Bliana ag Gradaim Ceoil TG4 2011 agus ball den ghrúpa “Danú”, tá an-éileamh ar Mhuireann Nic Amhlaoibh mar amhránaí, ceoltóir, agus láithreoir. Tógadh í i nDún Chaoin i gCorca Dhuibhne, Contae Chiarraí, áit a raibh ceol mór-thimpeall uirthi. Bhí ceol aige baile chomh maith, agus ba nádúrtha an rud di amhráin agus poirt na háite a shú isteach! Bhain sí máistreacht amach sa cheol traidisiúnta i 2002 ó Ollscoil Luimnigh, áit a mhúineann sí amhránaíocht agus flúiteadóireacht go rialta.

I 2003 do thosnaigh Muireann ag canadh is a seimint le “Danú”, a bhfuil cliú agus cáil idirnáisiúnta orthu, agus a bhfuil morán gradaim agus aitheantas bainte amach acu, ina measc BBC Folk Awards agus gradaim liveireland.com. Tá an domhan mór siúlta aici leis an ngrúpa ó shin agus bíonn sí ar camchúirt go minic leo.

Do bhí Muireann mar mhór-pháirt de shraith BBC “Transatlantic Sessions” i 2011 in éineacht le leithéidí Eddi Reader, Jerry Douglas, Sharon Shannon and Béla Fleck. Tá sí tar éis canadh agus cur i láthair a dhéanamh ar morán cláranna teilifíse, ar nós “Gradam Ceoil TG4”, “Geantraí”, “Anam an Amhráin”, “Tigh an Cheoil”, “The Highland Sessions”, agus “Ceolchuairt”, áit ar chan sí leis an ngrúpa Philip Kutev sa Bhulgáir. Bíonn sí go minic ar Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ 1 agus Lyric FM.

In airde a cuid saothar oibre aonarach agus le Danú, do thaifead Muireann an t-albam “Dual”, le Julie Fowlis na hAlban, Eamon Doorley agus Ross Martin, a bhí bunaithe ar an nasc idir ceol na hÉireann agus na hAlban. Seineann an ceathrar acu go minic le chéile fós. Tá sí tar éis morán a dhéanamh chomh maith leis na Píobairí Uilleann, agus do bhí sí mar láithreoir agus amhránaí sa seó “Piperlink” a thaisteal timpeall na hÉireann agus Meirceá.

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