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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-nós singing with Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain 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”

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