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  • Writer's pictureStevie Connor

St. Louis-Based Irish Fiddle Player and Singer Eimear Arkins Releases Her Second Album 'Here & There'

By Stevie Connor.

Fiddle player and singer, Eimear Arkins is delighted to announce the release of her second album, Here & There.

Born and raised in County Clare, Eimear has been living in St. Louis, MO for almost a decade and the album celebrates her musical connections to both places. The tunes on the album are almost exclusively compositions by renowned Clare fiddle players and composers such as Bobby Casey, Séamus Connolly and Junior Crehan while the songs range from sean nós to folk. Two of Eimear’s own compositions are also included on the album; a jig she wrote in honor of Helen Gannon called She’s At It Again and a reel which was the product of pandemic isolation called Hanging On Halliday.

The album features a number of esteemed musicians and singers with whom Eimear performs regularly and those include Alan Murray, Eileen Gannon, David McKindley-Ward, Kevin Buckley, Dan Lowery and Jackie O’Riley.

Eimear released her debut album, What’s Next? in June 2018 to great acclaim and was awarded Newcomer of the Year by liveIRELAND in 2019.

Eimear Arkins is an award winning musician and singer from County Clare, now living in St. Louis, MO. She has toured throughout the US, Ireland and beyond with acclaimed bands like Cherish The Ladies, Téada, and Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas. She is regularly seen performing with harp player and St Louis native, Eileen Gannon and guitar/bouzouki player and singer David McKindley-Ward.

Eimear has also toured extensively with the international music organization Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on concert tours throughout Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada and with the internationally renowned show Brú Ború. Eimear is a qualified Irish music and dance instructor and has performed and given workshops at festivals all over the world including Féile Séamus Creagh, Newfoundland; Catskills Irish Arts Week; Viljandi Pärimusmuusika Festival, Estonia; St Louis Tionól; Canadian Celtic Celebration, and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France.

In June 2018 she released her debut album, What’s Next? and was awarded “Best Newcomer” from LiveIreland in 2019. In January 2020, Eimear was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Her second album, Here & There, featuring collaborations with David McKindley Ward, Eileen Gannon, Alan Murray and Kevin Buckley.



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