Tony O’Connell is 'live and well on new solo release

It has been two years since Tony O’Connell won Tradconnect’s Album of the Year award with ‘Rooska Hill’.

On that outing he was in the company of Éamonn O’Riordan for an outstanding concertina and flute duet. This time he is back with a solo release called 'live and well in the company of some of Ireland’s best musicians. He is joined by Bríd Harper on fiddle, Arty McGlynn on guitar, Cyril O'Donoghue on bouzouki and Trevor Hutchinson on double base.

Tony hails from Glin in West Limerick but now resides in Co.Kerry. Self-taught on the concertina he has won numerous All-Ireland titles and has been described as having a steady pulsing rhythm - characteristic of the west of Ireland. He released a debut album with Leitrim fiddle player Andy Morrow in 2005 and followed up in 2008 with another duet album, called Rossinver Braes this time with Ben Lennon.

He comes from a very musical part of West Limerick which is home to some gems of musicians that make the area special.  His music and the way he likes to portray it, is heavily influenced by West Limerick musicians like Donal Sullivan, Francis O’Connor and Donie Nolan. He also has strong influences from Kerry including  Nicky and Anne McAuliffe, Paddy Cronin and Connie O’Connell to name just a few.

This is the opening track from the album featuring the jigs Sunny Hills of Beara and Fox in the Thatch. He first heard these jigs from the playing of Nollaig Ní Cathasaigh and Arty McGlynn. They were composed by John Dwyer who is a cousin of Nollaig’s from West Cork.

The album is now available from his website www.tonyconcertina.wixsite.com or from www.custysmusic.com

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