Welcome to the official website of Niamh McGlinchey. Niamh resides in a village in South Derry called Gulladuff. Niamh's roots are in Folk and Traditional Music, however in recent years Niamh has ventured into Country and Bluegrass also; not to mention composing and performing her own material. Niamh's musical influences include; Cara Dillon, Mary Black, Kate Rusby, Alison Krauss,The Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, Kimmie Rhodes and Willie Nelson.
Growing up music was a central part of Niamh's family life thanks to the support and encouragement of her parents. Niamh's singing started at a very early age, but it was at 7 years of age when Niamh began to learn the Mandolin. She frequently attended seisiúns with her daddy and it was no surprise that her instrumental repertoire increased over the years, learning the tin-whistle and guitar.
Niamh took part in many singing competitions including; Lough Neagh Feis, Scor and Fleadhs, which helped fine-tune her abilities. Niamh has performed on many prestigious platforms; Millenium Forum Derry, An Driaocht Theatre Blanchardstown, Craic Theatre Coalisland, Burnavon Theatre Cookstown, Iveigh Theatre Banbridge, Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen, Olympia Theatre Dublin and none other than the hallowed turf of Croke Park for the National League Final in 2008. Also notable are live performances on radio stations including; Downtown Radio, BBC Radio Ulster/Radio Foyle and Mid 106.
Claiming an All-Ireland Title in 2008 for solo singing in Scor na nOg with her performance of "Raglan Road" was a major achievement for Niamh, however it was just the beginning of things to come. Niamh appeared on RTE's "All Ireland Talent Show" in 2009 representing The North and her mentor Dana once again singing her rendition of "Raglan Road." The youtube videos of Niamh's performance and audition on the show together have reached over 100,000 hits. After being presented with a shocking off-the-cuff request to perform live on BBC's Nolan Show, Niamh was honoured to bring the series in 2013 to a close with a performance of "Live Forever."
The cherry on top was Niamh's official release of her debut mini-album in July 2012. This marked the start of Niamh's professional career as a singer-songwriter and has brought about much success. Following this success, Niamh is due to start recording her new album in March 2014, with the hope of releasing by the summer 2014. "I am thrilled at the response to my mini-album and I can't wait to get recording in March again - I have some great ideas up my sleeve."
In recent times, Niamh has supported numerous artists including; Daniel O'Donnell, Louise Morrissey, Bagatelle, Frances Black, Derek Ryan, Andy Irvine, Mickey Coleman and more recently Nathan Carter. Nathan liked Niamh's unique approach to the country scene so much therefore he offered to mentor her for TG4's annual search for the next country star in their popular programme "Glor Tire" in 2014.
This is just the start of the journey who knows where it goes... As Niamh quotes in her own song "Crossroads": "I know some day I'll get there, and then I'll let you know."