Niamh Dunne, the well-known Limerick-born trad artist will, along with her group Beoga, feature on Ed Sheeran’s new album.
Sheeran kept a relatively low profile in 2016 but is due to shortly release a new album entitled ÷ (Divide).
Speaking on BBC Radio 1 this morning Sheeran confirmed the release of the album as well as announcing that Dunne’s trad group Beoga, who are based in County Antrim, will feature on two tracks.
Hailing from Caherconlish in County Limerick, Niamh Dunne is a vocalist and accomplished fiddler. She is the daughter of well-known piper Mickey Dunne and has made guest appearances on several CD’s. Her 2004 album, ‘Legacy’, recorded with her father and sister Bríd, featured among the Irish Echo top traditional albums of 2004.
Niamh has twice received the high achievers award from the London Associated Board of Western Art Music, with whom she is a qualified teacher. She is also a graduate of the Irish World Academy of Music in Limerick University.
Prior to joining Beoga in 2005, Niamh had toured extensively with the Dunne family, and also played on the world stage with the acclaimed music and dance show “Ragús”.
Ed Sheeran this morning described his new album as “schizophrenic” with “lots of different sounds” and confirmed to host Scott Mills that Dunne’s group feature on the record.
“They’re called Beoga,” he said. “They’re from Northern Ireland; they are really, really talented. They came to my house to stay and we made some songs. Two of them have made the record. It’s jammy, it’s folky.”
Beoga were formed in 2002 after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious session at the All-Ireland Fleadh. Their unique sound featured the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley and four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray. In 2005, the lineup was complete, with the addition of Niamh Dunne.
The have performed on numberous TV and radio shows as well as touring heavily over recent years. In September 2007, Beoga performed live with the BBC Orchestra to a television audience of millions as part of the prestigious ‘Last night of the Proms’.
The Wall Street Journal has described the group as “…the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century”
In 2016 Beoga release their 5th studio album ‘Before we change our mind’. With new, fresh compositions along with their unique blend of inventive arrangements, virtuosi instrumental talents and beautiful vocals, Beoga’s popularity continues to flourish as they captivate audiences on a global scale.