Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich

Accordionist and singer Méabh ní Bheaglaoich was born into the renowned Begley family of Baile na bPoc in West Kerry. Their influence has unequivocally shaped her energetic instrumental playing, emotive and sensitive singing style and have supported her transition into a passionate composer and songwriter. Méabh has enjoyed a full time career in traditional Irish music since the age of 21 and has performed extensively at home and across the world in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, America, Canada, Russia and throughout Europe. As a recording artist, Méabh released her debut album Cuisle with Matt Griffin in 2015 and in 2021 released Mise le Meas, her first solo effort, to high critical acclaim. She will be releasing a new album in 2024 with the group CUAS. She has been a tutor and has delivered workshops in accordion and song at various international festivals including the Brittany Winter School in France, the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, the Timmy McCarthy set dancing festival in Tonder, Denmark, as well as at Féile Séamus Creagh in Newfoundland. Méabh has been a regular fixture on radio and television including appearances on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show, BBC Alba’s Port, TG4’s Fleadh 2020 & 2023 and Slán le 2020, Fáilte 2024, Ceol na nGael and Bláth na hÓige.

Photo: Dónal Glackin