PURE IRISH DROPS 2015

Women Of Ireland - The Next Generation

Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich (fiddle, viola, séan nós dancing) - Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich (accordion & vocals) - Alisha McMahon (harp & fiddle)


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Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich (accordion & vocals)

  

Méabh was born in the west Kerry Gaeltacht of „Corca Dhuibhne”, an all-Irish speaking area strongly immersed in its own style of traditional music, song and dance. Daughter of noted accordion player Séamus Begley, she was influenced by music and song from a very young age. She started playing the accordion when she was about 4 but it was when she was in her late teenage years that she found a real interest in playing and then singing. Traditional music and songs and the lively West Kerry-style of dancing and playing very much influenced her own style of music. Méabh has learnt a lot of her songs from her father, whilst also being conscious of adapting his emotive and sensitive style of singing. She has also made several radio and television appearances both in Ireland and abroad, the most recent being on the Scottish television series „Port” on which she sang and played.

Méabh already took part in the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow twice, 2012 with her father and the band „Solas”, and 2013  as a guest singer as part of the album launch of noted Scottish fiddle player, Marie Fielding. In 2014, Méabh went on a 7-week long tour of Japan and Taiwan with the famous traditional Irish band „Téada“. For the last two years she has been a part of the annual month-long tour in November - December of the United States entitled „Irish Christmas in America”.





          

Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich (fiddle, viola & séan nós dancing)

Clíodhna is the youngest member of her family, plays the fiddle, the viola and also sean nós dances (an older style of traditional solo Irish dancing). She was firstly influenced by her family but later began listening to the likes of Denis Murphy, Paddy Cronin, Connie O'Connell, Tommy Peoples', Paddy Canny and Julia Clifford who have had a significant influence on her. She learnt sean-nós dancing when she was 8 years old with her mother at the well known Willie Clancy Summer School from Mick Mulkerins and Mairead Casey. She is fond of dancers such as the Devaney, Roisín Ní Mhainín, the Hernons and Nic Gareiss.





       

Alisha McMahon (fiddle & harp)

Being from Co. Clare she found herself surrounded by traditional Irish music from a very young age. As her mother, Paula O’Regan, is a fiddle player and music teacher there was always music in her home. She started the fiddle at the age of nine, which her mother taught her. Around the same time she also decided she would like to start the harp. Growing up her harp teacher was Fionnuala Rooney from Co. Monaghan. She attended the University of Limerick and studied a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Music and Dance. During her four years on the course, she got the opportunity to be under the instruction of great harp players, who have influenced her playing in diverse ways. She has had the privilege of performing in many countries such as Austria, Norway, America, France and Dubai. She also has a performance Diploma with London College of Music.