Traditional Irish Music
A good line up for tonight's Steeple Sessions Gig with Edel Fox, Neil Byrne and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail. Check their website for full details www.steeplesessions.com Tickets €15/12
Edel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. She began playing at the age of 7 and was fortunate to be brought up in an area and environment where traditional music was in abundance. Edel learnt much of her music from concertina players Noel Hill, Dymphna O’Sullivan, Tim Collins and Tony O’Connell as well as local musicians such as Pete Haugh, Michael Mahoney and Peadar Crotty. Over the years, Edel’s playing has been hugely influenced by the music and recordings of Willie Clancy, Bobby Casey, Junior Crehan and Mrs. Crotty, to name but a few. Edel spent much of her teenage years playing with, and learning from Jackie Daly, who she cites as one of her influences. In 2004, Edel was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year). Since then she has travelled extensively as both a teacher and performer of the tradition. She released an album to critical acclaim with Ronan O’Flaherty in 2006. Edel spent some time studying in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick where she received a BA in Irish Music and Dance in 2007. Edel is a recent graduate of the MA in Music Therapy. In addition to her work as a music therapist, Edel continues to teach concertina and perform extensively. Edel has just released her debut solo CD entitled “Chords and Beryls”.
Neill Byrne began playing the fiddle at the age of 5 when he started classical violin lessons. Growing up in a musical household he became interested in traditional music early and cites Tommy Peoples, Paddy Glackin and Frankie Gavin among his earlier influences. In those early years, Neill attended fiddle lessons with Noelle O’Connor from Limerick and was fortunate enough to grow up playing alongside the great fiddler and composer John Dwyer. As a teenager, Neill began to play frequently around the Waterford music scene, as well as other festivals throughout the country. He has toured many European countries and performed in Ethiopia.
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail comes from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. In 2012 he won TG4 young musician of the year. In 2006 he released an album entitled Giorraíonn Beirt Bóthar, with Bóthar na Sop, a group of local musicians and singers.
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