Hot off the Twitter machine is the news that Séamus Begley is to join Téada. He has been working recently with Oisín Mac Diarmada and we recently did a feature on their new album that is just out called Le Chéile. They are also playing tonight in Dublin so check this event out.

"Téada, now firmly established as one of Irish music's leading exponents on the international world music stage, continues to be driven by a fascination with the timeless, expressive force of traditional tunes inherited from previous generations of musicians.

Since 2001, when the freshly-formed band landed a spot on the innovative Irish television show Flosc, Téada, has evolved to frequent headline performances at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia. A notable highlight was a headlining appearance to a 30,000-audience in Brittany during 2006, a year which also saw the band launch a hugely successful CD/DVD 'Inné Amárach', released by Gael Linn and Compass Records.

With lush Irish orchestration, Téada, meaning "strings" in the Irish language revels in the vibrant traditional music of Ireland, deftly playing up its structural intricacies while preserving the timeless energy of the reels, jigs, hornpipes, and other lesser-known tunes in the repertoire." according to their website

"Begley comes from the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of Dingle, in Co. Kerry, the son of local accordionist Bhreandáin Bheaglaoich. He played music from an early age, and at 14 started playing accordion at local dances. In 1972 he recorded his first album, An Ciarraíoch Mallaithe with his sister Máire. He lived in Chicago, working as a truck driver, in 1976, and since then has lived in Kerry. Máire and Séamus made a second album for Gael Linn in 1989, with Seamus on accordion,. Máire on piano and piano-accordion, both singing, and introducing Stephen Cooney on guitar and piano."

It should make for an interesting direction for both Begley and Téada.

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