Traditional Irish Music
The Session with the Pipers has become one of the capitals premier live traditional events and takes place on the 1st Tuesday of each month. It continues with regularity even when many other session events have fallen away over time. Located in the backroom of The Cobblestone Bar in Smithfield it provides a fairly intimate experience. For quality traditional music you won’t get much better.
This month’s concert features
Éanna Drury (uilleann pipes)
Zoe Conway (fiddle)
PJ Hernon (accordion)
About the Musicians
Éanna Drury is from Dublin and has been playing the Uilleann Pipes since the age of 15. He got his first lessons from Maitiu Ó Casaide and then was taught by Gay McKeon and Emmett Gill in Na Píobairí Uilleann. It is from Emmett that the vast majority of Éanna's tuition came. His first instrument was the flute, learnt originally in primary school and later from Fermanagh flute player Gerry O'Donnell. Éanna has a particular interest in the older recordings of piping from players such as Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy and Tommy Reck. Current players he finds influential include Pat Mitchell, Jimmy O'Brien Moran, Emmett Gill and Ronan Browne. He has performed at the Lorient Festival Interceltique, Willie Clancy Summer School and at Tionól na bPíobairí Uilleann, as well as on various radio programmes. In 2012 he won the Uilleann Piping competition at Oireachtas na Gaeilge.
Zoë Conway effortlessly combines a background steeped in Ireland's rich aural music tradition with a strong founding in classical music. She has toured worldwide and has appeared in many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York, The Kremlin Palace, Moscow and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Her versatility as an instrumentalist has allowed her to perform across a broad range of genres, from guest soloist with world renowned orchestras, to touring with Riverdance and working with mainstream international acts such as Rodrigo y Gabriella, Damien Rice, Nick Cave and Lou Reed among others. She has recently released an album with her husband, John Mc Intyre on guitar entitled Go Mairir I Bhfad_Long Life To You. Highly critically acclaimed, receiving numerous 5 star reviews, the album features new compositions from leading composers including Bill Whelan, Mícheál O Suilleabhan, Tommy Peoples, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny among others. She has also released two solo albums; Zoë Conway, produced by Bill Whelan, and The Horse's Tail, both critically acclaimed, and has also released a live DVD, Zoë Conway Live. She is currently touring in Ireland and Europe as a trio with Donal Lunny and Mairtin O Connor, and later this year will perform a world premiere of a new work written for her by renowned Uzbekistani composer, Dmitri Yanov Yanovski, an exciting piece for fiddle and string quintet
Pj Hernon was born in Carna Connemara. Over the years he has played with the Shaskeen Céilí Band and the Swallows Tail Céilí Band, whilst also touring the United States, Canada and Europe with CCÉ. He has made numerous appearances on national TV and radio and was a presenter on Geanntraí TG4 and other traditional programmes on RnaG.He is currently employed as a musician/music teacher in Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen, Co. Sligo where he also organises summer schools, workshops and comhráithe Gaeilge.
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