Album of the Year RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominee Niamh Regan is upbeat about a quick return to live performances later this year and has announced a nine-venue national tour of Ireland for November.

The Galway singer is scheduled to perform at the Róisín Dubh Galway, DeBarra's Folk Club, Levis’ Corner House, Coughlan’s Live Cork, Dolan’s Limerick (presented by Seoda Shows), Whelan’s Dublin (presented by Singular Artists), The Duncairn Belfast, Spirit Store Dundalk, and the Set Theatre Kilkenny, with more dates to be announced.

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Tickets will be available to purchase from Friday, February 19th at 9.00am via niamhregan.com.

According to Regan's manager, if the gigs go ahead, they will adhere to whatever pandemic restrictions are in place in November and are likely to be socially distanced shows, with venues planning around that template.

Regan released her critically acclaimed album Hemet on Black Gate Records last September and won comparisons with Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, Tom Waits, and Paul Brady.

"I have been completely blown away by the support for the album since its release," she says. "Thankfully, with kind support from the Live Venue Collective last December, my band and I were lucky enough to perform songs from it in some of these excellent venues around the country for a series of live-streamed gigs.

"Now I’m itching to get out there and play in front of real audiences again. It is such joy to have the shows to look forward to later in the year. Hopefully see you then."