Traditional Irish Music
I was fortunate enough to have been in London in the late 80's and early '90's. I say that because despite the fact that we had to emigrate, the London experience was something that any young person should experience. I lived initially in Finchley but decided to move down to Kilburn/Queens Park area for one reason only. That was to be close to Áras na nGael where Brendan Mulkere taught traditional Irish music classes on a weekly basis. I have often stated to friends that there should be a statue erected in his honor on those streets, such is the contribution he made to the music.
Many great names went through his hands and were inspired by him including John Carty, John Blake and others. He taught a number of instruments including fiddle, accordion, banjo etc. Those many nights and legendary sessions will live long in the memory and the inspiration that he instilled in me still remains. He dedication, perseverance and all consuming passion for the music and the manner in which he taught it to so many young people from London and beyond will be hard to repeat. He still teaches and is now director of the traditional Irish Music Programme at the Irish Cultural Centre in London.
On Saturday night 25th May 2013 Brendan he "will be honoured at this year's Fleadh Nua in Co.Clare! He will be joined on stage by many of his current and past music students, along with a host of other Irish Traditional Music legends! This concert will celebrate the richness and strength of Irish Traditional Music in Britain and pay tribute to the many musicians who play and promote it. In particular it will honour Brendan, who has done so much to pass the tradition on to new generations. The concert will feature a host of musicians from London and Ireland, including, John Carty, James Carty, Niall Keegan, John Bowe, Terence O’Flaherty, Sinéad Egan, The Whelton Family and many others.
The concert will also feature a performance by the Thatch Céilí Band, two time winners of the All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band competitions in the 90's and a major influence on the revival of traditional music in London region during the 1970's and 1980's."
This concert will take place in the West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, Saturday 25th May at 8.00pm
Visit Fleadh Nua Site : www.fleadhnua.com
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