Featuring Irene and Ashline Cunningham Sean-Nós dancers; two talented sisters and members of the renowned Sean-Nós Dancing family from Connemara.
Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain
Dublin born Mick O’Brien plays uilleann pipes, whistle and flute. He performs regularly as a solo artist, and his playing can be heard on numerous recordings with artists such as The Dubliners, Frankie Gavin and the RTE Concert Orchestra. Mick has toured extensively and given master classes throughout Europe and North America.
Aoife has won prizes for both Irish traditional and classical music. She performs regularly with the Goodman Trio, Crash Ensemble, Neil O Loghlin’s Cuar, Caerus Ensemble, The Irish Memory Orchestra and has a duo with Spanish pianist Álvaro Baltanás. The melodic playing of Emer Mayock has placed her at the forefront of traditional Irish music. A native of Ross, a small village in County Mayo, she began playing the tin whistle at the age of five. By her teens, she had mastered the instrument, as well as the timber flute. The trio recorded Tunes from The Goodman Manuscripts and the album was awarded the coveted Gradam Ceoil from the TG4.
Con Fada Ó Drisceoil is a songwriter and accordion player from Cork. He has written comic songs on a wide range of subjects. In 2006 he published The Spoons Murder and Other Mysteries, a book and CD of his songs. He was awarded Gradam Ceoil TG4 for his songs. His new songbook/CD is called Hunting the Hair and Other Pursuits, and tells of savage cats, anti-baldness quests, hypochondria, drunken deer and many similarly heroic topics.
Breaking Trad. A dynamic Irish band featuring Donal Murphy (accordion) Niall Murphy (Fiddle) and Mike Galvin (Guitar). Their music has been described as ‘Dazzling’, ‘unorthodox and unique’, and ‘high octane’. This powerhouse band, “Breaking Trad”, are reviving trad with a fresh and modern twist.
Lynda Cullen and Fintan Lucy. Lynda’s captivating performances have won her a loyal and growing fan base throughout the country. Expect a mix of original material and renditions of her favourite folk songs. Fintan is a well-respected guitarist and songwriter. He was a member of many folk/trad bands, and the acoustic rock harmony band The Phintones. As well as gigging around Ireland, he has performed in New York, England, Wales, Spain and Switzerland. His songs have been recorded by many singers and one is featured in full in the soon to be released US movie Blind Pass.
Tony Linnane and Danny O’Mahony
Tony’s reputation as a master musician began when, at the age of three, he was already playing traditional music. Tony is a legendary and talented fiddle player from Co. Clare and he has featured with many classic traditional music recordings. Tony is joined by Danny O’Mahony, a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. He grew up playing music with the older generation of musicians in his locality. Danny’s is considered to be one of the finest accordion players with a musical style that is expressive and deeply personal, and reflects his affinity with the music of past masters.
The concert is presented by Con Fada Ó Drisceoil.