Niamh Parsons, Blackbirds And Thrushes

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Niamh Parsons, Blackbirds and Thrushes. Niamh Parsons is one of the freshest and most powerful voices in music today. The great Scottish balladeer Archie Fisher says of Niamh, "a voice like hers comes along once or twice in a generation." Rooted in the traditional music of her native Ireland, Niamh (pronounced "Neeve") has captured the hearts of critics worldwide. Likened to such singers as Mary Black, Dolores Keane or the late Sandy Denny, her silken, smoky voice penetrates the soul of the listener.

An internationally acclaimed artist, Niamh has performed at venues ranging from the prestigious San Francisco Celtic Festival to a St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Capital for President Clinton, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Ireland’s Prime Minister Bernie Ahern.

Her newest recording, Blackbirds & Thrushes (GLCD1197), is a collection of traditional Irish songs in a beautiful acoustic setting. Niamh has painstakingly selected the repertoire and researched the history of each song, creating an album that is a deep reflection of her. In Niamh’s own words, "these songs are living in me."

"The Irish make saints out of singers like Niamh Parsons." - Edmonton Sun

Seamus Brett piano
Steve Dunford bodhrán
Ciaran O Gealbhain vocals
Paul Kelly fiddle, mandolin, viola
Josephine Marsh button accordion
John McSherry pipes, low whistle
Dee Moore bass
Dave Munnelly piano
Niamh Parsons vocals
Anne Parsons-Dunne backing vocals
Gavin Ralston guitars


1) Blackbirds And Thrushes/The Blackbird Waltz, 2) Flower Of Finae, 3) Sally Sits Weeping, 4) Kilnamartyra Exile, 5) Fear A Bhata, 6) The Banks Of The Nile, 7) The Water Is Wide, 8) The Maid On The Shore, 9) The Wounded Huzzar, 10) Alexander, 11) Droimeann Donn Dilis, 12) The Flower Of Magherally O