Cormac Begley & Liam O’ Connor

Cormac Begley & Liam O’ Connor

24/5/2019

An Droichead

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Thanks Liam O Connor and Cormac Begley have forged an exciting fiddle and concertina duet. Liam, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin and his solo album “The Loom” has received 5 star reviews and was voted Traditional Album of the Year by the Irish Times in 2017. Cormac is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. His debut solo album has received critical acclaim amassing nine 5-star reviews to date. They played their first concert together at the National Concert Hall in late 2017 and were both nominated for instrumental musician of the year at the inaugural RTE1 Folk Music Awards in 2018.

More info about Liam here: www.liamoconnor.ie

More info about Cormac here: www.cormacbegley.com 

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Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre

Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre

14/06/2019

Fisrt Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street.

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Ceol atá nuachumtha ag an cheathrar iontach seo agus curtha acu le dánta arsa na nGael

Four influential traditional musicians from Ireland and Scotland have collaborated to create new music and songs inspired by modern and ancient Irish and Scottish Gaelic poems. 

Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre have been working together over the past 18 months setting music to a diverse collection of poetry, which culminated in special performances of the new works at Scotland’s Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in September and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in October 2017.

Whilst modern Gaelic poetry has remained strong in Ireland and Scotland, the composition of the traditional 'big' songs has declined significantly within the sphere of traditional arts in both countries and this project is a personal and collaborative response to that.

This project has been inspired by the work of Seán Ó Riada, Peadar Ó Dubhda, Padraigín Ní Uallacháin and others who breathed new life to Gaelic poetry whilst also renewing and rejuvenating traditional music by adding to its corpus new and fitting 'traditional' airs. 

Seán Maguire - Omós

Seán Maguire - Omós

Featuring Liz & Yvonne Kane, John Carty, Oisín MacDiarmada, Niamh Dunne, Harry Bradley, Eamon Murray & Brian McGrath

The word ‘genius’ may be over-used these days, but there’s no other way of describing the phenomenon of Sean Maguire in the world of traditional music. The Belfast man rewrote the book on fiddle playing after bursting onto the scene in the 40s with a combination of dazzling virtuosity, high creativity and passion for performance. It was a style which pushed the boundaries, nettled the fundamentalists and which he himself called ‘progressive traditional’. Tonight we pay tribute to the man and his music.

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