As part of Kilfenora’s 2015 Music Festival, Ireland’s top trad female duo will appear on Friday 24 April in Kilfenora Hall at 20.30. Tickets are €12.50 and are available now from the Post Office and Linnnanes Pub in Kilfenora, or on the door (subject to availability), or at €12 on-line using the link below.
The concert will begin with a brief recital from the 2014 All-Ireland winner (12-15) on mandolin, Tiarnán O’Conaill, from the Craobh Phiarais Uí Ghréagáin branch of Comhaltas (Monkstown, Dublin).
Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy are ‘Lumiere’ – both from Dingle, they came together and recorded ‘Lumiere’ in 2009, followed by ‘My Dearest Dear’ in 2013.
Their passionate and lively show has made them one of Ireland’s top traditional acts, with increasing international appearances, having already had distinguished solo careers.
They will be backed by Matt Griiffin on guitar.
Éilís Kennedy has two previous solo albums, ‘Time to Sail’ (2001) and ‘One Sweet Kiss’ (2006). She also contributed to the musical project “Beal Tuinne” (CD, 2007) with Seamus Begley and other stars, with music by Shaun Davey set to the poems of the late Caoimhin O’ Cinneide (Éilís’ father).
Pauline Scanlon sang with the Sharon Shannon Band and then produced two solo albums – ‘Red Colour Sun’ (2004) and ‘Hush’ (2006). Pauline also hosted the recent TG4 series Bosca Ceoil.
Matt Griffin, born in London of Irish parentage, is a multi-instrumentalist based in Dingle since 2004. He teaches music and has recorded and/ or performed with a variety of artists apart from Lumiere, including Alan Kelly, Steph Geremia, Niall Keegan, Garry Shannon, Michael O’Suillleabhain and The Chieftains.
For more details see http://www.lumieremusic.net/ and https://www.facebook.com/lumiereofficial . See also various video clips on You Tube, including appearances on the TV show Geantrai and their celebrated recording of ‘The West’s Awake’ featuring Damian Dempsey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j-aCfgPg64
Tiarnán O’Conaill has been playing music from the age of 3 (fiddle, bodhran but mainly mandolin from the age of 6). His tutors have been Fiontán Ó’Meachair and Joanne O’Connor. Apart from being All-Ireland champion in 2014 he received the Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana award from his school (Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, Dublin), and he attended the Meitheal Summer School run by Garry Shannon.
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