Traditional Irish Music
Johnny O Hallaron – accordion and melodeon
Emma O Sullivan – sean nos dancer
John O’Halloran hails from Westquarter village on the Connemara island of Inishbofin. He has played accordion since his childhood. There was music galore on Bofin, and, indeed, all through the O’Hallorans. His late father played fiddle and his mother and aunts are fine singers. John’s brothers too are musicians: Francis is an outstanding fiddle player, Kieran also plays the box and Declan is a singer and seanchaí. Since the 1980s, He rates as his influences the late Christy O’Halloran of Inishbofin, and Joe Cooley. John plays Hohner accordions but mostly the single row melodeon nowadays. Over the years he has played with all the great contemporary traditional musicians. Not to mention the Inishbofin Céilí Band, with whom he has toured extensively and his cousin, sean-nós ‘legend’, Dessie O’Halloran. John’s first CD, entitled But Why, Johnny? was released in 1999. Guests on the album were Jimmy Higgins, Alec Finn, Dermot Byrne, Martin Murray, Brendan Larrissey and Tommy and Louise. It received great reviews in the music press and still gets lots of airplay on traditional music programmes. But Why, Johnny? has become extremely popular as accompaniment among Irish dancers.
In the 2009-2010 season of RTÉ’s All-Ireland Talent Show, John joined up with champion dancer, Emma O’Sullivan from Renvyle. Representing the west with their rousing, unique brand of ‘sexy sean-nós’, they went all the way to the final and finished up in third place, gaining masses of fans along the way from all over the country.
Sean-Nós dancer Emma O’ Sullivan hails from Connemara, Co. Galway in the West of Ireland. Her late grandfather, Johnny Coyne, a fiddle player who was one of the founder members of her local Comhaltas Seisiun Group, gave Emma her first introduction to Irish traditional music, song and dance as a young child. She took up sean-nós dancing in 2005 while a business and marketing student at university in Galway and by 2009, at the age of 24, had won the All-Ireland Sean-Nós Dancing title at Oireachtas na Samhna in Letterkenny. Musicians are impressed with her impeccable timing, her intuitive, innovative style and her skill for dancing to each note that is played. Emma is currently performing throughout Ireland and abroad making guest appearances on the festival circuit.She provides dance workshops in sean-nós dance, brush and barrel dancing throughout the country and abroad.
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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