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The Kilfenora Céilí Band with special guest Seán Keane

part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016

Kilfenora Céilí Band, Singers and dancers to wow audiences with high-spirited choreographed show.

On Friday August 19th 2016, 8pm one of the oldest céilí bands in the world, the Kilfenora Céilí Band from Co. Clare will be joined by singer Edel Vaughan, former Riverdance lead Michael Donnellan , Deirdra Kiely, Laura Minogue, and Michael Gardiner plus the Energetic Clare Set Dancers to perform an exciting and energetic show to wow Irish and International audiences. This expertly choreographed show of high-spirited traditional music features energetic and athletic dancing, melodious song and witty story-telling from guest artists that is not only engaging and uplifting but utterly enjoyable.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s most renowned traditional bands, the Kilfenora Céilí Band are constantly finding new ways to bring their age old traditions to new audiences with tours to Glastonbury (headline concerts on their acoustic stage) and concerts in New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center as well as tours around Ireland and Europe.

Their concert performances and recent recordings, including Now is The Hour (2015) point to a broadening of the perceived boundaries of their genre. Collaborations with a diverse range of song and dance artists, experimentation with repertoire outside of the dance domain and complex harmonic arrangements speak to an ensemble that is pioneering new and exciting performance contexts for the céilí band genre. While acknowledging and incorporating the past, the Kilfenora thrives on creativity and innovation.

Seán Keane from County Galway is described as the ‘greatest musical find of the 90s’ by The London Independent. Traditional Irish, folk and even country and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique style and unforgettable voice. Growing up in a family of singers and musicians, Seán learned the sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. Singing was his life, even in early childhood; by the time Seán reached his teens, he had collected thirteen All-Ireland medals in Fleadh Ceoil competitions. He was by then an accomplished whistle and flute player as well and had taken up the uilleann pipes and bodhrán.

When he joined his first group, ‘Shegui’, he had already served a long apprenticeship; after travelling throughout Europe with the band, he left to join ‘Reel Union’, a group which also featured sister Dolores and accordion player Máirtín O`Connor. Later, he was part of ‘Arcady’, with such well known names as Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, Sharon Shannon and Frances Black. After a short flirtation with the theatre when he played in the Druid production of the `Midnight Court` and the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Sheep’s Milk on the Boil’, Seán embarked on his solo career in 1993. ‘All Heart , No Roses’ received rave reviews and was chosen as ‘Debut Folk Album of the Year’ by Q Magazine.

In the years following, success continued with Meteor Award nominations, ‘Best Male Folk Performer’ from Irish Music Magazine (three times) ,a similar award from the London ‘Irish World’, as well as numerous Irish accolades. ‘A Portrait’, a collection of Seán`s songs, is a multi-platinum Irish seller. All of his solo albums are platinum sellers and remain in constant demand.

Six solo albums later, Seán Keane continues to delight audiences all over the world with his live performances and recorded work. He tours regularly with his band in Ireland, Austria, Germany, the US and Canada as well as appearing at major festivals world-wide.

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