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Friday, November 10th, 2017
7:30 PM
Niamh Parsons has come to be known as one of Ireland's most distinctive singers. Her earthy, sensuous voice has drawn comparisons to such venerated singers as Dolores Keane, June Tabor and Sandy Denny. The great Scottish balladeer Archie Fisher said of her, a songstress like her comes along once or twice in a generation.

Born and raised in Dublin, Niamh and her sister learned to love traditional Irish singing and harmonizing from their father, Jack Parsons. Daddy had a beautiful voice, she says, and a great ear for a good song. Her mother was also a singer and a set dancer from Co. Clare. The family would often join in song at the local Dublin singers' club, which Niamh still attends. Niamh's passion for singing blossomed naturally into a penchant for collecting songs. For me the song is more important than listening to my voice, she says. I consider myself more a songstress than a singer a carrier of tradition.