While most of us were working our way through lockdown or drinking the Tiger King, Niamh Noade was busy making her mark on the music world.
About this time last year, the 13-year-old Lislea teen stunned judges at the TeenStar UK Singing competition, as the only harpist to ever compete on the online show and the only Irish contestant out of 1000+ hopefuls.
Niamh finished fourth and performed a breathtaking rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ in the final, and as Showcase winner, the talented St Paul’s Bessbrook apprentice won the chance to record with professionals at the AudioHaus Recording Studio in Wembley.
Niamh started writing and playing and with the help of her harp teacher Dearbhla Bennett, came up with two original songs, ‘Missing You’ and ‘Friendships’.
She managed to do a little shopping in London, but the hard-working singer and musician was focused on creating something special – and she did.
With the help of Re-Gen Waste Limited, who sponsored the resulting CD, Niamh and her family decided to do something charitable with the fruits of her labor, and given her age, Niamh wanted to donate the proceeds raised from the sale of
her CD to a children’s charity.
With increasing waiting lists for children with cancer in the news, The Cancer Fund for Children became the chosen charity.
The CD will be launched on Saturday 20 November during a classic cabaret event at the Lislea Community Center.
Niamh also sets up a JustGiving page for charitable donations and after that she has a busy schedule leading up to Christmas, with performances at the Quays Shopping Centre, the Canal Court, the Carrickdale – while also starring as Mary Poppins on stage.
For this week’s podcast, Niamh and her mother Deirdre tell us all about her musical journey since she and her younger siblings Malachy and Molly became involved in traditional music through the Traditional Arts Partnership in Mullaghbawn.
Niamh has a lot of people to thank for her success thus far, but most of it comes from her sweet nature, extraordinary talent and clear focus on her future in one form or another on stage. More information and details on the CD and donate to the Cancer Fund
for kids can be found on the Niamh Noade Music Facebook page.
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Music Title: NEW HORIZONS – Lesion X