MÉABH BEGLEY & NIAMH VARIAN-BARRY
Singer and accordion player, Méabh Begley, was born in the Gaeltacht area of Corca Dhuibhne on the Dingle Peninsula, in County Kerry into a family of Irish traditional music greats, including father Séamus, aunts Máire, Eibhlín and Seosaimhín, and uncle Breanndán. Méabh’s grounding is equally rich on the vocal and instrumental sides, with an emotive ornamental singing style and accordion playing rich in the slides and polkas of West Kerry. She is committed to passing on the tradition and has taught at festivals around the world such as the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend and performed at noted festivals such as the “I Love Ireland” festival in Tokyo and Celtic Connections in Glasgow alongside Irish music band, Solas.
Niamh Varian-Barry, former lead singer of “Solas”, is a singer and instrumentalist from Cork City. Her powerful vocals have been praised world-wide. She is a trained viola and fiddle player and holds a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Niamh has performed at highly prestigious venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall. She is currently the leader of Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra and the Kerry Scotia Ensemble, both of which she was a founder member of. She has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with music giants such as Lúnasa, Dick Gaughan, Natalie Haas, Dirk Powell, Josh Ritter, Máirtín O’Connor, Martin Hayes. She is also the featured soloist in the groundbreaking dance music project SuperCéilí.