Traditional Irish Music
Maitiu Ó Casaide – uilleann pipes
Helen Diamond – singer and fiddle player
Cormac Begley- concertina and baritone concertina
Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich- fiddle, viola and sean nós dancing
Maitiú is a young uilleann piper from Dublin. He comes from the very musical O Casaide family and has performed many times with his father and uncles on stage in the family band Na Casaidigh. When he was 10 years old he decided he wanted to play the pipes and began taking lessons at Na Píobairí Uilleann on Henrietta Street, Dublin. At the age of 24 he has established himself as one of Ireland’s finest young pipers. He is twice winner of the esteemed Oireachtas na Gaeilge and he appears on The Rolling Wave a compilation album of young uilleann pipers. He is a member of Dublin based folk/trad band ‘The Bonny Men’ who are fast making a name for themselves as the most exciting young band to come on the scene in a long time and are due to release their second album this summer. He is also a member of the touring Irish Music/ Contemporary dance show called RIAN which features Hot House Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí. Maitiú teaches the pipes weekly at Na Píobairí Uilleann and at the annual Willie Clancy Summer School which takes place in Milltown Malbay in Co. Clare every July.
Helen began singing and playing the fiddle at an early age and has continued to do so, performing in Europe, the USA and Ireland. Her musical style has been influenced by such musicians as James Byrne, Danny Meehan and Ronan Galvin, and by singers Róisín White, Cathal McConnell, Gabriel McArdle and Antaine Ó Faracháin. Helen also has a strong interest in the English singing tradition, in particular the early music of Martin Carthy, the Watersons and Copper Family. She is currently completing a degree in English Literature in Trinity College Dublin, where she sings with the Chapel Choir.
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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