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Gradam Ceoil TG4

Méabh Smyth – Young Musician of the Year


Méabh Smyth is a fiddle player who has been playing traditional music since the age of 7. She is a former student of the Armagh Pipers Club and her playing is inspired by the rhythmic style of fiddle from the regions of South Ulster and Donegal.

From a musical family (her parents Rosie and Thomas are both fiddle players), Smyth performs regularly as a duo with her brother Tiarnán and the pair released a self-titled EP in 2017. In the same year, they were semi-finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year award. Earlier this year, she competed in the final of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition alongside her sister Annie Smyth. She won the Ed Reavy Fiddle Player of the Year award in 2016, and, in 2021, she received first prize at the Fiddler of London competition. Smyth also featured in Sruth – the TG4 series on young musicians, and last month was announced as one of six recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Young Musicians’ Platform Award for 2023.