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OUR Alumni

Edel Meade

Award: Fulbright Irish Scholar Award

Sponsor: Creative Ireland *Mary McParltan Fund Recipient

Institution: University of Limerick

Year: 2022

A strikingly original artist working in the field of jazz, folk and contemporary music; Edel Meade is a vocalist, composer, songwriter, performing artist, recording artist and educator from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Her critically-acclaimed album, Brigids and Patricias (2021) reflects on what it means to be a woman in Ireland today informed by Irish history, Irish folklore and current affairs; described as a most courageous Irish album of the years in The Irish Times.

Edel has recently undertaken training in the art of sean-nA³s singing with Rev. NA³irA­n NA­ Riain with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her research will explore the intersection between jazz and traditional music and song from Ireland and will culminate in a world premiere live concert performance in collaboration with Bay Area musicians at the California Jazz Conservatory in June 2023.

“Astounding, riveting, brilliant”

“A fearless delivery that celebrates womanhood”