Legendary folk singer Sean Keane to perform at the Brantry Fleadh 2012
ON the weekend of August 3th- 5th, the Brantry Bard Sessions Group, supported by South Tyrone Borough Council and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will host “The Brantry Fleadh” at The Brantry Bard Cultural Centre, near Dungannon, Co Tyrone.
This significant event will see a series of Concerts each evening followed by music sessions, lasting no doubt into the wee small hours! On Saturday & Sunday there will be Traditional Music & Song workshops, a Sets Ceili, and a variety of other events. This is the 5rd Brantry Fleadh, building each year on the success of the previous events
The Brantry Fleadh concert series commences at 9.00pm on Friday 5th with an evening of song featuring the legendary Sean Keane supported by local man and current All–Ireland traditional singing champion Cathal O’Neill. This very appealing concert will no doubt be followed by an outburst of tunes in the Bard Centre.
Sean Keane, born into the famous musical Keane family of Caherlistrane in County Galway, began his apprenticeship as a singer when he was but a toddler. His first solo album, `All Heart, No Roses`, enjoyed widespread critical acclaim and placed him at the top of the list of great Irish folk singers. `Turn A Phrase`, his second album, cemented his reputation and saw his popularity soar in Ireland. `No Stranger` and `The Man That I Am` followed in to the new millennium, both platinum albums.
Cathal O’Neill comes from a very strong musical heritage - the O’Neill /Hanna fraternity from Derrytresk Co. Tyrone. His early influence came from the singing of his late grandmother, Sarah Ann O’Neill, and her brother the renowned late Geordie Hanna. Other singing influencers include Andy Irvine, Sean keane and Paul Brady. Cathal is the current All-Ireland traditional singing champion.
Saturday evening sees the return to Brantry of the renowned traditional guitarist Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey on Fiddle. Arty is without doubt the finest and most sought after guitar player in Ireland with a unique understanding of the music he performs. He has played and recorded with Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Liam O’Flynn. Arty has been a member of such prestigious groups as Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and The Van Morrison Band. Nollaig is one of Ireland’s most gifted musicians, with an international reputation as an exponent of Irish traditional music on the fiddle. In recent years Nollaig has recorded and toured with Moving Hearts, Liam O’Flynn, Mary Black and Elvis Costello.
They will be accompanied on the night by our workshop tutors, who in their own right are some of the biggest names in traditional music. These include Steve Cooney, Gino Lupari, Brendan Mulholland, Paul Meehan and Kieran Kissane.
Sunday evening’s concert will feature the very best of local talent Brid Harper & PJ McDonald, who will be joined by raising star in the world of Traditional music Sean Og Graham. Bríd Harper is a fiddle player of near mythical status in Ireland – she is revered both as a performer and as a teacher, and many of Ireland’s traditional musicians cite her as having been a major influence. Originally from Donegal, Bríd now lives in Tyrone and performs regularly with fellow Donegal Accordion supermo Dermot Byrne. PJ McDonald is one of Ireland’s finest traditional singers and whistle players. These days PJ is just as likely to be admired for his guitar work, making him a true multi-instrumentalist, performing with some of the biggest names in Traditional Music. PJ has recently launched his debut album, ‘The Long Way Home’. Sean Og Graham from Portglenone, Co. Antrim, is one of Ireland’s most dynamic young button accordion players. He has achieved numerous All-Ireland titles and is also a gifted, self-taught guitarist. Sean Og, a founding member of the popular group Beoga has also performed with many other bands including Buille, the Irish Harp Orchestra, and Alan Kelly’s ‘Celtic Legends’ show. He is also a very talented composer.
The Brantry Fleadh 2012 seems set to be another great event! Not to be missed!
Tickets for all the aforementioned concerts are available at Gene Stuarts Music Shop, 9 Irish Street, Dungannon Tel: 028 8772 5286
Further information is available on 07771 607 840
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