Niamh Parsons

Genres: World
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Dublin, Eire. Parsons has traditional music coursing through her veins: her mother was a set dancer and singer from West Clare, and as a child she witnessed the 60s surge in interest in Irish folk music through groups and people such as Sweeney’s Men, Emmet Spiceland and Paul Brady. In her early twenties, she combined her love of singer-songwriters such as James Taylor and Carole King with being a choir-leader. In the latter half of the 80s she returned to her heritage of singing Irish folk and traditional music, complementing her day job in an insurance company with performing at weekends or during the week at one of Dublin’s traditional pubs, the Brazen Head. Stints in bands followed, including Killera with Gerry O’Connor and Arcady, with bodhrán player Johnny McDonagh (ex-De Dannan), but none of them could hold her interest for very long.

Parsons’ solo releases with her band Loose Connections, featuring former...

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