CD launches

Friday 26 April, 8.45pm, Linnanes Pub – Peter Casey

Peter Casey is a proud north Clare man, hailing from Lisdoonvarna.

His twin passions are singing and hurling and he never shies away from a request for a song. He has long been a firm favourite in singing sessions for his highly humorous self-penned ditties on topical issues, such as the GAA and the invasion of Ennis by goats.

On this, his first CD “Out in the Day”, he sings and composes (all bar one) songs steeped in his own area, experience and expertise. His mastery and intimate knowledge of the subject and characters should ensure a wide, appreciative audience at home and abroad.

Saturday 27 April, 6.00pm, Nagles Pub – Stevie Dunne

Stevie Dunne is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest banjo players. Originally from Clogherhead, Co Louth, Stevie has been a pivotal member of the Belfast trad music scene for 20 years. Having developed a strong following, he has also toured and taught music internationally, and was featured by TG4 during their live show at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda.

His latest CD “Live at the Crosskeys” – recorded at the Crosskeys Inn in Antrim, the oldest thatched pub in Ireland – is a mixture of well-known trad tunes and some great new compositions. Joining Stevie for this live recording were Brian McGrath on piano, Gerdy Thompson on guitar, Cyril O Donoghue on bouzouki and John Joe Kelly on bodhran.

He has released 2 previous CDs – “About Time” (2010) and “Banjo” (2012).

Sunday 28 April, (1.00pm) Vaughans Pub – Josephine Marsh

The highly respected accordionist Josephine Marsh from East Clare has toured all over the world as a solo musician/teacher and also with her own band.  She has recorded four albums since her debut in 1996, including her latest – “Music in the Frame”. This includes nine of her own compositions as well as traditional tunes.  Joining her on the CD are guest musicians Mick Kinsella (harmonica), Seamus Cahill (guitar), Angelina Carberry (banjo), Steve Larkin (fiddle), Gerry Madden (mandolin), Jack Kinsella (uilleann pipes), Andrew Kinsella (banjo) and – familiar to North Clare audiences – her brother Pat Marsh (bouzouki) and his daughter Bláthnaid Marsh (piano).