Charlie Harris at Tunes in the Church

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Charlie Harris at Tunes in the Church

Time: July 3, 2013 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway
Street: Lompard Street
City/Town: Galway City
Phone: 0879625425
Event Type: music, concert
Organized By: Cormac Begley
Latest Activity: Jul 2, 2013

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Charlie Harris- melodeon and accordion
Cormac Begley- concertina and baritone concertina
Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich- fiddle, viola and sean nós dancing

Charlie Harris was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland. His first venture into Irish music was at the age of 11, when he started to play the tin whistle. When in his twenties, during 1970’s, like many others of his generation he emigrated, to London, England. It was here that he learned to play the melodeon. Being a student of some of the best master teachers, he progressed quickly. When he had mastered the melodeon, he decided to pick up the button accordion. After no time at all he excelled at the accordion too. He then began to repair and tune melodeons & accordions, a job he still does today. It was just at this time that the Irish economy was beginning to look up after the all-time low of the 70’s, so he moved back home to Ireland. He settled in the parish of Ardrahan, Co. Galway. He married and set up a workshop at his home in Cregclare fixing and tuning melodeons and accordions. A friend and fellow musician, Tom Cussan from his time in England, approached him with the idea of forming a traditional Irish music band with some others. The named it Shaskeen after the well-known Reel. Shaskeen were soon a world-renowned group, playing music all over the world. They focussed mainly on the Galway/Clare style of playing. His Favourite musician from the first era is Joe Cooley (R.I.P.) from the nearby parish Petereswell. Joe was also a world-renowned player. His favourite player from the modern era is Oliver Diviney from Oranmore. Today Charlie is married with two children and is still living in Ardrahan fixing and tuning accordions and melodeons.

Tunes in the Church presents an authentic experience of traditional
Irish music, song and dance. Every night presents a different line-up
of some of the tradition’s most respected artists within the ambiance
of the historical St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway. Attendees
of these concerts are encouraged ask questions of the artists and to
interact with the performers and occasionally they learn the chorus of
a traditional Irish song.

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