Galway singer-songwriter Niamh Regan has received consistent praise for her debut album âHemetâ since its release via Black Gate Records. The album, produced by Alex Borwick, was nominated âIrish Album of the Yearâ for the prestigious RTĂ Choice Music Prize 2020.
âReganâs craft has grown in scope and vision, making Hemet, one of the finer albums released in Ireland this year.â Nialler9
âRegan has inched her way out of early influences (Laura Marling, Karen Dalton, Nick Drake, et al) to present tunes with a collective distinctive oomphâŚ a memorable debut from Galway singerâŚâ Tony Clayton Lea, Irish Times 4/5
â...a stunning debutâŚ Hemet stands on a pedestal of its own as uniquely, unmistakably the work of Niamh Regan.â Hot Press Magazine
âTo blend specificity with universality, pop melodies with eerie silences, and retain a singular voice throughout, is a feat indeed. Hemet goes gently, but do not be fooled by the obvious comparisons â Regan is an artist of singular talent and substance.â Andrea Cleary, Journal of Music
â...a bewitching album... her artfully wrought songs are in the confessional veinâŚ. Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon are touchstones, but Reganâs gorgeously arranged songs signal the arrival of a special talentâ
Irish Independent, Album of the Week
The Irish Times described Reganâs early teenage demos as âbursting with potentialâ, and at seventeen this precocious folk singer won a Paul Brady scholarship to study flute and guitar in the University of Limerick. Here, she formed the trad/bluegrass band Juhn Echo, and once again drew plaudits from The Irish Times who highlighted her âstunning vocalsâ.
After completing a degree in music, Niamh released her debut solo EP in 2017 and follow-up single âWhat To Doâ in 2018 earning gushing praise from the likes of Hot Press (âbeautifully crafted... captivatingâ) and Nialler9 (âa timbre that is commanding and wiseâ). Extensive airplay from RTE Radio 1 and Folk Radio UK soon followed along with high profile slots at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and Knockanstockan.
But who is Niamh Regan now? Comparisons with contemporary artists such as Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, This Is the Kit and Sarah Jarosz have popped up regularly in the UK and Irish press, while discerning critics detect the influence of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, Tom Waits, Paul Brady, and Karen Dalton. One thing is for sure: with the release âHemetâ, Niamh Regan has carved out her own niche in the world of contemporary folk music and fulfil the potential she showed as a teenager.
âHemetâ is an album full of musical accomplishment, emotional maturity, and subtle craft. It is the long-awaited arrival of a truly immense talent.
âHemetâ is out now on digital, CD, and vinyl, via Black Gate Records. http://www.niamhregan.com/