Manchester Irish Festival star honours Roscommon Roots

Manchester Irish Festival 2019

The very Talented Manchester Irish Singer, Niamh Finan honours her Roscommon with debut Christmas single.

Niamh headlined last years sell out St Patrick’s
weekend celebrations just before Manchester was locked down due to the Pandemic. Tony Hennigan from the Manchester Irish Festival website commented “Niamh blew us away when she performed at Fred’s Ale House, we didn’t know then that it would be the last live music that we would be able to stage due to the COVID restrictions in over 9 months. Her debut single ‘Ceili Lass’ really stood out on the night and we are delighted that she has decided to launch it as her debut Christmas single. We are all missing returning home to Ireland this year and I am sure the irish diaspora will enjoy it. We cannot wait to stage another live concert with Niamh when the restrictions are lifted.”

Niamh’s debut single, My Ceílí Lass honours her great-grandparents, Bernard and Kathleen Dwyer who both hailed from County Roscommon.

My Ceílí Lass was originally a poem written by Niamh’s great-grandfather and godfather, Bernard Dwyer. Bernard wrote the poem in memory of his wife Kathleen who died prematurely in 1969. Bernard was from Frenchpark and Kathleen from Sheepwalk in County Roscommon.

Though Niamh started singing and performing at a very young age, she only started writing her own songs about two years ago, whilst holidaying in County Mayo. Inspired by the beautiful imagery and storytelling of her great-grandad’s work, she set about experimenting with chords on the guitar whilst writing melodies using the words from Bernard’s poems.

She was immediately struck by the beauty and emotion evoked by the poem My Ceílí Lass and very quickly had written a tune to accompany the verses. Then she composed the memorable chorus and transformed the original poem into a song.

“I’m thrilled to have been able to pay tribute to my great-grandad’s work with this song. His words and my music have fused together to create something really beautiful and I hope that he would be really proud!”

Niamh recorded the track with Northern-Irish fiddle player, Méabh Kennedy in Manchester. The fiddle and the vocals work extremely well together and the result is simply stunning. The chorus of the song soars and is guaranteed to be stuck in the listener’s minds for days.

My Ceílí Lass is available to stream on all major music platforms on Friday 11th December and will also be available to purchase on iTunes. You can follow Niamh’s musical journey on social media @niamhfinanmusic and contact her by email at niamhfinanmusic@gmail.com.