Niamh Regan is a critically acclaimed songwriter from county Galway. Following her studies at 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.
Her debut album Hemet 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 which led to performances on The Late Late Show, Other Voices, and La Blogothèque.
Ciaran Lavery grew up in Aghagallon in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim, he has strived to break free from the preconceptions surrounding Irish singer-songwriters. He listened to Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’, Mitski’s ‘Be The Cowboy’, Bjork’s ‘Debut’, and that 90s-defining hip-hop album by the Beastie Boys, ‘Ill Communication’ – and his music sees a heightened energy, with percussion brought to the forefront.
He counts Zane Lowe as a fan, and in 2016 he was one of 30 artists hand-selected by Willie Nelson to play at his Luck ranch in Texas. With well over 120,000,000 plays on Spotify and 30,000 followers, the plaudits keep coming Ciaran’s way.
Regan and Lavery combine their talents on a new single, ‘Winter in Eden’, which features on Niamh’s forthcoming EP ‘In the Meantime’.