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September 14, 2011

Trad Legends Join Forces for a Unique Music Treat at Riverbank

Fonn-Aniar A trio of trad’s finest musicians with three distinct regional styles join forces for this unique tour. Singer and button accordian player Breanndán O Beaghlaoich, legendary fiddler Tommy Peoples and virtuoso harpist Laoise Kelly - a clash of the titans going head-to-head with every tune promising to be something of an adventure While staying very much within the tradition, each will be pushing their boundaries to the limit.
Breanndán O Beaghlaoich represents the Dingle Peninsula with his fiery button accordian playing and heartfelt singing, echoing the stormy beauty of the West Kerry Coastline. With three highly-acclaimed solo albums to his name, Ó Beaghlaoich is also held in high esteem for his work with the groups Boys of the Lough and Beginish and his collaborations with the Chieftains and fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. As a singer he's a gentle giant, on the accordion, a force of nature.

Legendary fiddler Tommy Peoples is internationally recognised as having a huge influence on Irish traditional music, both as a player and composer. Winner of the first ever TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award, Peoples brings the rabble-rousing Donegal fiddle style to the party. After recording classic albums with the Bothy Band, Matt Molloy and Paul Brady in the 1970s, Peoples’ compositions and solo performances have inspired a generation of fiddle players.

Equally influential is virtuoso harpist Laoise Kelly who is regarded as the most significant harper of her generation. Introduced to the harp at an early age, Kelly has breathed new life into the national instrument with her reinterpretation of the O'Carolan canon. Her reinterpretation of the O'Carolan canon is just a part of her breathtaking repertoire, and her tune playing is truly magnificent. Though Kelly has toured the world, collaborating with everyone from Seamus Heaney and Kate Bush to The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Dónal Lunny, don’t be surprised to hear her Mayo roots to the fore as she gets those feet a-tapping!

With this combined tour-de-force of traditional musicians, creative sparks are guaranteed to fly! This amazing evening of music is in Riverbank for one night only, Sunday September 25th, 8pm.  Tickets are €15/€13. All bookings can be made at or by phoning 045 448327.