Virtuoso performer Albert Niland kicks off the 2013 concert season at Crocanoir Mullinahone on Saturday next February 2.
Four years after Mick Hanly brought his songs and stories to Ballycullen the music lives on at this quaint farmyard theatre.
Albert Niland might not be a household name but it wont be too long before his stunning musicianship reaches a wider audience.
Crocanoir has quickly established a reputation for featuring only top class performers and Niland fits snugly into that category.
Tickets are always at a premium as regular concert goers snap up the limited supply but its always a thrill when someone new finds their way to the end of the boreen.
Albert originally comes Galway but learned his trade in the clubs of San Francisco after he moved there in 1994. In 2000 he was invited to be the guitarist for the world acclaimed show Riverdance, and for the following three years he toured the world playing to packed arenas in all continents. After three years as the guitarist for Riverdance, he returned to his first love, songwriting, and submersed himself in Andalucia, in the world of gypsy flamenco, and returned, with a debut album, and a sound heavily influenced by the passionate flamenco guitar. With the help and encouragement of Freddie White, who performed on the album with him, Albert released “Dirty Day” to critical acclaim.
On the strength of Dirty Day, Albert was invited in to perform a few tracks off it by Tom Dunne, and that January night saw him perform a stunning acoustic version of “Wuthering Heights” for the first time.
Gaining the respect of his peers, Albert was invited to be a guest at the two biggest reunions in Irish music history, “Planxty” in 2004, and “Moving Hearts” in 2006. Performing and recording a live album at the legendary “PARADISO” in Amsterdam, Albert quickly established a loyal fanbase on the continent.
2009 saw him perform sell out shows regularly at “L’Essaion Theatre” in Paris, as well as receiving invites to play at the prestigious “Naked Song” festival in Holland, and the “International Guitar Festival” in France. In 2010, “Acoustic Guitar” magazine did a featured interview on Albert’s musical story.
Paul Cooney of the famed Carrick tea room sessions gave Albert the thumbs up with these words of wisdom: ‘The audience are in for a treat fabulous guitarist great vocals and a really nice guy’