Traditional Irish Music
Kathleen MacInnes – singer
Laoise Kelly – harpist
Cormac Begley- concertina and baritone concertina
Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich- fiddle and viola
Kathleen has a parallel career as an actress and television presenter, MacInnes is also widely regarded as one of the twenty-first century’s finest exponents of the art of Gaelic song. She was born and raised in South Uist in the Western Isles, long regarded a hotbed of Scottish traditional music. After completing her education, MacInnes launched an acting career with roles in the 90s Gaelic soap opera Machair and the comedy shows Ran Dan and PC Alasdair Stewart. She also found a niche in voice-over work and appeared on stage in a production of The Well. MacInnes had been singing since childhood and established her profile with appearances on the music and arts programmes Tacsi, Aig Cridhe Ar Ciuil and Bard Nan Orain. Her recording debut Òg-Mhadainn Shamhraidh (Summer Dawn) was released in 2006 by the Foot Stompin’ label. Later in the year MacInnes was voted Gaelic Singer Of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
Laoise first learned her music at home in Westport, Co.Mayo. Her parents listened to an eclectic mix from Scott Joplin, The Beatles, Nana Mouskouri, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, De Dannan to lots of classical music! Laoise’s father taught her and her siblings how play piano and to read music. She did a year of tin whistle with piper Rory Sommers and went on to learn for years from the wonderful John Hoban while also doing piano with Maria Lynn and then Anne Kilkelly. The harp arrived when she was 12 and Ann-Marie Scanlon was her first teacher. Then Kim Fleming from Roscommon taught Laoise tunes for the Fleadh while also doing RIAM classical exams. Kim was great at accompanying other musicians on harp which was rare at the time! Sr.Karol O’Connell steered Laoise into a life of music with her enthusiasm, sharp Cork wit and piano playing expertese.
Laoise was a founder member of the traditional group ‘Bumblebees’ with whom she recorded two albums and toured extensively. In 1999 she recorded her first solo album ‘Just Harp’ to critical acclaim “Kelly virtually reinvents the instrument with her rhythmic and melodic intricacy, her syncopation and undulating chords and harmonies … she’ll have you swaying with her profound musicality” Irish Times. in 2010 Laoise released two new recordings; ‘Ceis’ a solo harp collection and ‘The Wishing Well’ a dynamic pairing with county Clare fiddler Michelle O’Brien.
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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