Traditional Irish Music
It is good to note that there is a new album on the way from Tradconnect member Colm Gannon. It's called The Rights of Man and has been recorded with Alex Finn. We look forward to getting a copy for review and include a video sample below.
According to his Facebook page his first memories of music were of his Dad, John Gannon, playing the box at the kitchen table in their house in Dorchester, Boston, Massachussettes where he grew up. His Dad came over to the states in 1959 from Droim, Connemara. He learned music on the box from his Dad and brother Sean. There was always music in their house with recordings of Seanin Phat Mylea McDonough, Kevin Coyne, Finbarr Dwyer, Joe Burke and Martin McMahon playing night and day. These were the first big influences on his playing.
His Mother started taking him out to sessions and concerts, at a young age, where he got to meet people such as Tina Lech, Jimmy Noonan, Frankie McDonagh, Brendan Bulger and Larry Reynolds. Through these musicians and many like them, and also people like Coley and Annie Mullen, giving him videos and tapes, he had no limit to the music that he could get his hands on. Frequent trips to Ireland gave him a chance to hear and play with lots of great musicians he mightn't have come across in Boston.
In 1998 with good friend, Fiddler Jesse Smith, he moved over to Ireland. Here he was based in Ennis, County Clare, where he stayed for a couple of years. Before leaving Ennis he was asked to join Riverdance, and spent four years touring the U.S, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Since 2003 he has lived in Droim, Connemara and has been playing music all over Ireland ever since.
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