There was a free triple concert to launch 3 CDs in North Clare at 15.30 on Saturday 23 April 2016 in the ‘chilled’ atmosphere of Kilfenora’s historic St Fachnan’s Cathedral.
Claire Egan – Turning Tides
Claire has been immersed in the great music scene of London listening to the likes of Brendan Mulkere, Brian Rooney and John Carty. Claire is also a Masters graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, London and performs extensively with ensembles and groups around the world. She is accompanied on this debut album by her sister Sinead on guitar, Jack Talty on piano and De Danann’s Mick Conneely on bouzouki. In Kilfenora she was accompanied by Terence O’Reilly (Flagmount, Clare) on guitar.
Sheila Garry and Elaine Hogan – The Shores of Lough Breda
This is a new recording from Clare musicians and music tutors Sheila Garry on fiddle and Elaine Hogan on harp, featuring the compositions of the late, great Paddy O’Donoghue from Tulla in East Clare. Renowned bouzouki player and son of Paddy, Cyril O’Donoghue also features on the collaboration along with the dynamic percussionist John Joe Kelly. Sheila Garry is a former member of the Shannonvale and Kilfenora céilí bands – she can be heard on the KCB CD “Live in Lisdoonvarna”. Elaine Hogan is a multi-instrumentalist with a Masters degree in Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music in Limerick. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syY2xN_ZglY
Dessie Kelliher, Brian O’Loughlin & Tom Delany – Well For Some
This album from Dessie Kelliher (guitar), Brian O’Loughlin (flute) and Tom Delany (uilleann pipes) was recorded in the summer of 2015. They found common ground playing together over the years in Clare. In Kilfenora they were accompanied by James Duddey (Ennis) on bodhran.
Brian is from a family of musical brothers in Corofin in North Clare, an area well known for its set dancing and rhythmic style of music. He is also a member of the Shandrum Céilí Band, All-Ireland Senior Céili Band winners in 2015.
Tom Delany was raised in France but grew up playing Irish music. Deeply influenced by the music of the traveling pipers, he connected with County Clare when he first heard Willie Clancy. He has a Masters degree in Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music in Limerick, and is also a member of new group Four Winds.
Dessie Kelliher from Castlegregory Co. Kerry is a noted banjo player, but debuts on guitar on this album. He is also from a family steeped in traditional music and song, and when 17 began touring with the band Sessions from the Hearth. He recorded the album “Banjoed” when 19, featuring some big names in the traditional music scene eg Michael McGoldrick.