Therese McInerney hails from a little coastal townland just outside Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. She grew up surrounded by Irish Culture and developed a love for Irish Traditional music, song, dance, history and the language from an early age.
An avid Traditional musician, set dancer and gaeilgeoir all through her primary school days, Therese developed her love of singing and drama during her time in Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon secondary school, where she participated in musicals and choirs.
Therese went on to study a BCL International Law Degree in University College Cork, where she volunteered in the UCC Radio Station. Therese had her own radio show on UCC98.3FM for two years for which she received a "Smedia" or National Student Media Award for Irish Radio.
In September 2016, she completed a master's in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music achieving first class honours where she received Tuition from some of the finest Traditional Musicians in the world.
Therese has just released her debut album "Down The Strand" which incorporates her fiddle playing and singing. This was a lifelong dream of Therese's and she is currently busy launching and promoting the album.
As well as performing regularly at several festivals and events in Ireland and abroad, entertaining at Irish Music sessions and performing at wedding ceremonies and receptions, Therese also works freelance in Irish Television and Radio. In 2017 she completed a TV Production course in The Park Studios, Dublin and since then she has worked on the production team for RTE's Fleadh Cheoil Programme, TG4's Gradam Cheoil and in Clare FM Radio. Therese can be contacted via email or Facebook for bookings. She is happy to answer any other queries you may have and looks forward to hearing from you.
THERESE McINERNEY Down the Strand Own Label TM1001, 12 Tracks, 42 Minutes www.theresemcinerney.com Therese McInerney, fiddle, with Brian Donnellan, piano and bouzouki, and Sharon Howley on cello. For a debut album, this is pretty impressive stuff; it is a goodly gulp of the pure drop. If you hadn’t guessed it from the surname, Therese will soon leave you in no doubt that she’s Clare through to the bone marrow, and every reason to be proud of it. The dozen tracks include three songs with the Irish language Casadh an tSúgáin a special bonus. The times they are a-changin’ and you can hear this with the way the piano has made a comeback as accompanying instrument not just in the songs but in the reels as well. Another sign of the times is the way she gives a reference online to a classical article on bow-hold: it certainly wasn’t lost on her, as you can hear with the rock-sure tone. Her fiddle was made by Jim McKillop; one suspects it was always destined to play trad. There’s a good selection of tunes, ones like the Crib of Perches or the Connaghtman’s Rambles, with older ones like Sgt Earley’s, which she links with the title track. The sleeve notes are brief but succinctly informative, linking for example the hop jig Cucanandy with the singing of Bess Cronin. Scholarship is in evidence here in the shape of Dunphy’s hornpipe which she has transposed; it runs lightly over a rhythmic piano base, the piano adding little runs a bar or two at a time, the effect here is close to Cape Breton style fiddle and piano duets. There’s a nod to American music on Andy Statman’s famous Flatbush Waltz, deep and rich fiddle tone here. On the old Bothy Band number Do You Love an Apple Therese is backed by piano only, taking up the fiddle on the final repeated chorus, this is one of the liveliest versions of the song I have heard. The launch was nicely timed to coincide with the Ennis Fleadh, and reports are that all available copies sold out. Which is no more than deserved for a fine and natural musician. John Brophy http://www.irishmusicmagazine.com/releases-october-2017/