Saturday 22 April afternoon concert

Starting at 3 pm, there will be a free concert and CD launches in the inspiring location of the ancient St.Fachnan’s Cathedral just off Kilfenora Square.

Out the Gap will present their EP “Let Loose”. This is a band of five talented young musicians who have come together while playing music in Cnoc na Gaoithe Comhaltas Cultural Centre, in Tulla, Co. Clare. Band members are Kevin Carey – flute, percussion (Chicago); Amy McNamara – fiddle (Clare); Gearóid McNamara – piano, concertina (Clare); Pamela Queally – fiddle (Clare); and Colm Slattery – accordion (Tipperary).

The other CD getting its North Clare launch is “Bluebells Are Blooming”, by Brid O’Gorman (flute), accompanied by Eoin O’Neill (bouzouki).

Brid O’Gorman comes from Liscannor, and is steeped in the music of North Clare. She was trained by Gus Tierney, of Kilfenora Céilí Band fame, and by Eamonn Cotter. She has won many junior solo, duo, trio and céilí band All-Ireland awards (some with contemporary Anthony Quigney, flautist with the KCB).  A founding member of the Turloughmore Ceilí Band in 1999, she was involved in the recording of their albums “The Bee’s Wing”, “Seven Streams” and “The Green Road”. “Bluebells Are Blooming” is her first solo recording.

She is accompanied by well-known bouzouki player and Clare FM presenter Eoin O’Neill. Originally from Dublin, Eoin has long resided in Ennis. His contribution to the Clare music scene was recognised with the 2015 MÓRglór award. He has been a member of several local bands – The Céili Bandits, The Fiddle Case and Crag Road – and accompanied many local artists in sessions and concerts, and on recordings including with Mary Custy (1991), Kitty Hayes (2002) and his own “In session” (2003), to mention just a few.

(Photo by Bob Singer)