Monday 16 December 2019

Niamh promises touch of Eva Cassidy magic

The Diary

Hubert Murphy

It might be taking place at the end of the year - Friday December 20 - but the arrival of Niamh Strong to the Droichead Arts Centre might be one of the shows of the year at the venue.

Niamh, daughter of Rob Strong and sister of Commitments star Andrew, is very much a star in her own right and her performance will centre on the work of the great Eva Cassidy.

Niamh has just finished her album, dedicated to Eva and with her band, will perform all the songs she made her own.

The Co Kildare woman's voice has everything, a touch of Blues, a dazzle of soul and a jazz edge that makes for eager listening.

Given her family, Niamh was always destined for the stage and at 18, she left school and made a demo that ended with her showcasing in New York.

Niamh finally decided to go with Robert E.Pineda from Ray Charles company.She was brought to Los Angeles to record one of the original songs and did a vidoe shoot movie to accompany it. Ray Charles said she had "moments of genius in her voice . At the time, Niamh was just 18 and lacked the confidence and maturity to move to Los Angeles so returned home after the session.

Niamh decided to study nursing and graduated from Trinity college a few years later and in 2010 became a proud mum to Elliott.

The past decade has seen her travel the world with her brother Andrew and perform from the US to Australia.

Now the time is right for a shot at a solo career and Niamh has decided to bring Eva Cassidy's classics to Drogheda for what will be an intimate and absorbing gig.

Full ticket details from the Droichead Arts Centre.

Drogheda Independent