Traditional Irish Music
The refurbished Teach Siamsa in Finuge will host a special concert of Irish traditional music on Wednesday 29th August at 8pm. The concert will feature music from members of a new youth ensemble and the launch of an album by Tralee musician Daithí Kearney and accordion player John Cronin.
The Kerry Youth Traditional Ensemble (KYTE) brings together musicians from throughout the county to participate in workshops in Finuge. Supported by the Arts Council, the project is a partnership between Siamsa Tíre and Listowel KDYS and aims to prepare young musicians for potential careers in music. The group will make their debut performance in Finuge.
For the past few years, accordion player John Cronin and banjo player Daithí Kearney have enjoyed playing a regular session in Wallis’ Bar in Midleton. ‘Midleton Rare’ is a snap shot of the session in Midleton but draws heavily on the music of Sliabh Luachra and features music sourced to John’s father DD, a fiddle player from Glenamuckla in the parish of Newmarket, Co. Cork.
John’s connections to Sliabh Luachra are strong, coming from Glenamuckla in the parish of Newmarket, Co. Cork, but he has lived in Midleton since the 1970s. Dr Daithí Kearney has toured regularly as a musician, singer and dancer with a number of groups including Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland. An All-Ireland champion musician, he has recorded with a number of ensembles including the band Nuada and performed for President Obama in The White House in 2009. Daithí is currently lecturing in music at Dundalk Institute of Technology and is season director with Siamsa Tíre.
Tickets limited and booking is advisable with the Siamsa Tíre Box Office on (066) 712 3055.
"True, honest and refreshing traditional Irish music... John Cronin's accordion paired with Daithi Kearney's banjo works a treat" Tony Lawless, Tradconnect.com
"Cronin and Kearney are playing dance music, and it shows... a very enjoyable duo recording" Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine
“If the intimacy of the session is what you’re after, then Midleton Rare just might sate your appetite… Kearney’s banjo is a genteel force, approaching tunes with a pinprick sensitivity to their pace and shape… A clear- headed addition to the Sliabh Luachra canon” Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
Midleton Rare is available from Claddagh Records.
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