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
Following her studies in flute and guitar 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.
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. 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, Regans songwriting draws us into the intricate details of everyday life and elevates
them into something universal.
Over the past year, Niamh has been busy performing live in Ireland and the UK, playing at
Ireland’s most loved festivals – Body & Soul, All Together Now, Another Love Story, Féile na
Bealtaine, and Galway International Arts Festival. She has opened shows for the likes of
Fionn Regan, Damien Dempsey, Paul Brady, Sorcha Richardson, and The Lost Brothers,
and joined James Vincent McMorrow at The Barbican, London.
Niamh is currently working on her second album, whilst continuing on the road around
Ireland, Switzerland, the UK, the US, and Australia in the coming months.
Buy/Stream Niamh Regan’s releases at: https://shor.by/zC6c
‘Hemet’ is out now on digital, CD, and vinyl, via Black Gate Records.
Live at the Set Theatre, Kilkenny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR6KyzOnMV0&t=907s
Live at The Black Gate, Galway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z87u8zZ01mM&t=935s
Live at DeBarra's Clonakilty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pK-vRfu2kU&t=2059s
(Photo Credit: Bríd O'Donovan)