Breaking Trad, 22 April in Kilfenora

We present a powerhouse band that aims to inject Irish trad with a fresh and modern twist – their music has been described as ‘dazzling’, ‘unorthodox and unique’ and ‘high octane’.  Their first CD “Breaking Trad” was released in 2015. Book tickets online by scrolling down to the purchase tab on this page.

The three band members have toured extensively around the world, performing at major festivals and venues and touring with some of the biggest names in several different music genres, including Four Men and a Dog, Cara Dillon, De Dannan, dance star Michael Flatley, bluegrass artist Dan Tyminski (guitarist/singer with Alison Krauss and Union Station), country legend Randy Travis and many more.

Donal Murphy (accordion) is from Abbeyfeale, a leading light in the West Limerick music scene, and winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon. He played at Kilfenora’s festival in 2012 with Four Men & a Dog. He released a solo album “Happy Hour” in 2009.

Niall Murphy (fiddle) hails from Carnlough in South Armagh, and is also a winner of multiple awards including All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition 2012, Fiddler of Dooney and Fiddler of Oriel.

Mike Galvin (guitar) comes from Killarney, and is a multi-Instrumentalist experienced in a wide range of musical styles from rock & roll to Irish traditional.

You can get a quick flavour of the band’s style from this video of them playing live at the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo in 2014.

Three young dancers from Kilfenora will feature during the band’s performance – Laura Griffey, Ada and Eva Kenny (the latter was a silver medallist in the 2016 Oireachtas Dance awards).

Opening the concert will be this year’s winner of a Meitheal Summer School 2016 prize, fiddle player Rosa Carroll from Tulla (and daughter of Clare FM presenter Paul Carroll). Rosa’s relaxed East Clare style can be heard in this video clip – – playing with Lily O’Connor on concertina, who both featured on the CD of young East Clare musicians “Unfolding” (2014).


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