Niall Murphy, hailing from Camlough, South Armagh, has already carved a reputation for himself amongst highly renowned musicians and singers around the world in Irish Traditional, English Folk and Country and Bluegrass circles.
Having played the fiddle from an early age, also playing guitar and piano, Niall has performed all around the world at many major festivals and concert venues, picking up many accolades along the way.
In 2012 he won the All Ireland Senior Fiddle Championship after winning several silver medals along the way in all age categories. In 2009, he was crowned ‘Junior Fiddler Of Oriel’ and then proceeded to win the senior in 2010 being the first person ever to do so. He then made history again, winning the Senior for a second time in 2011, being the first person to win three back to back titles. Niall was also awarded 1st place at the coveted senior ‘Fiddler Of Dooney’ competition in Sligo, 2011. He also holds a prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. In recent times, he became an internet sensation with his viral video of Michael Jacksons ‘Thriller’ which received over 300,000 online hits and received attention of some of the biggest online media companies around the globe.
During his years of playing, he has shared stages and bills with the likes of The Cheiftains, Sinead O Connor, Paul Brady, Van Morrisson, Foy Vance, Jim Lauderdale, Richard Thompson, Seasick Steve, Rosanne Cash, Treacherous Orchestra, Maura O’Connell, Altan, The Dubliners, Lunasa and many more. He has toured extensively around UK and Europe playing on main stages at Cambridge Folk Festival, Cropredy Folk Festival and Ortigueira Celtic Music Festival to name a few. He also toured with Country and Bluegrass legend, Dan Tyminski (famous for his vocals on Aviciis ‘Hey Brother’ track, the soundtrack on the film ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou’ and core member of the Multi Grammy Award Winning band, Alison Krauss and Union Station) on his first ever solo european tour.
He is currently a member of Cara Dillon’s band (Both Trio and Full Band) and is also the featured fiddle player on her latest album, A Thousand Hearts. He is also a member of the new trad band, ‘Breaking Trad’ along side Accordianist Donal Murphy of Four Men and a Dog fame and guitarist Mike Galvin, formerly of De Dannan.