Artists ProfileMarian Ní Chonghaile is originally from Camus, a small village in Connemara on the West coast of Ireland. She took her first steps in sean-nós dancing at the age of 14 and has been shuffling ever since! Sean-nós (literally ‘old-style’ or ‘old-school’ if you like) dancing is a freestyle type of Irish dance which combines tap and shuffling with flowing movements of the body. Marian teachers both in Ireland and abroad and loves performing at various events. Mairan has danced with many talented musicians, a few include Máirtín O Connor, Seamus Begley, Johnny Connolly, Michael McGolderick, The Chieftans and more more.
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Described by the Bothy Band's Matt Molloy as a remarkable fiddle player, Dónal McCague was named TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana in 2013. He released a solo fiddle album in 2011 called Bits N Pieces and has subsequently recorded on The Waylaid Man album by his brother, Michael McCague as well as arranging and recording on the "Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it" album of music which has recently been rewarded at Gradam Ceoil TG4 2016. This music originates from the Sliabh Beagh region of Co. Monaghan and Fermanagh. A PhD research by Dr Seán McElwain brought this music to light having previously been lost from the 19th and 20th Centuries. He has performed with many internationally-renowned bands including Téada.
Dónal is in the process of finishing a duet album with flute player, Tommy Fitzharris. This album is due to be released in 2016 will feature some recent compositions by the pair as well as some older traditional tunes.
Artists ProfileColm Gannon was born, in Dorchester, Boston, Massachussettes of Connemara parents. His father John, from Droim and his mother Gerry from Tuirin. He learned to play his music from his father and his brother Sean. Colm won the all Ireland in 1994 on the button accordion and then moved to Ennis, Co. Clare with fiddler Jesse Smith where he got to live and play with all the great musicians there. After a couple of years there, Colm was asked to join “Riverdance the show” which he toured with for four years. Colm has toured the states with world-renowned Sligo based band “Dervish”. Colm also performed with Dolly Parton, in “Dollywood” with the show Ragus. Colm is now living back in his father’s home place, Droim, and is currently playing all over the country and the US promoting his new album with Jesse Smith and John Blake; “The Ewe with The Crooked Horn” after the great success of his solo album “Return to Droim”, which featured guest artists such as; John Carty on banjo, Jesse Smith on fiddle and John Blake on piano, guitar and bouzouki. Since then Colm has released a duet album, with his father John Gannon titled “Trasna Na dTonnta”, traditional music and songs from Connemara. On this recording Colm’s aunt, Maureen Creighan is featured singing two beautiful songs in gaelic. Sadly, Maureen is no longer with us but her singing is preserved for future generations on this recording. The duet is accompanied by John Blake from London, on guitar and piano. Colm has also appeared as a guest musician on many albums and worked with artists like: singer, John Beag O’Flaharta, Mick Conneely, Seomsamh O’Neactain and Harry Bradley as well as many others. Colm appeared in the critically acclaimed movie, “The Guard“, starring award winning actor Brendan Gleeson and recorded the soundtrack with Gay McKeon, CEO of Na Píobairí Uilleann, Johnny McDonagh of DeDannan and Mary Corcoran. Colm has also featured in the critically acclaimed film by Ken Loach "Jimmy's Hall" and his music appears all throughout the sound track. Colm has just finished a masters degree in Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick and has just released a new album titled “The Rights of Man” along side DeDannan Greats Alec Finn on Bouzouki and Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh on Bodhran. He is also joined by his wife Kelly Gannon on concertina and John Blake on guitar and piano.
Colm and Kelly have just opened up a music school and music shop in Spiddal, co Galway. They currently have year long classes there offered on all instruments and run an annual summer school "Seachtain Ceoil Chois Fharraige", A week of music by the sea, which takes place the first week of August. You can see them in Spiddal, feel free to pop out anytime.
Artists ProfileJohn is a flute player brought up in the melting pot of the vibrant London Irish music scene. Taught by legendary Clareman Brendan Mulkere, he moved to Ireland in 1998 where he has since established himself as a flute player and accompanist of note. He has appeared on multiple albums as both and accompanist and flute player, and released his debut flute album 'The Narrow Edge' in December 2013 to critical acclaim. John will be joined on the night by bouzouki player Ruairí McGorman from Co. Meath. The son of reknowned flautist Catherine Mcevoy, Ruairí has garnered a reputation for himself as a superb bouzouki player and equally fine fiddle player.
Artists ProfileClaire Keville
Musician, music teacher and broadcaster originally from Claran, near Headford in Co. Galway. She taught herself The Boys of Bluehill on the tin whistle at the age of six
and from there enhanced her repertoire by picking up the odd tune from her maternal Grandfather who played both tin whistle and melodeon. Formal lessons ensued and Claire began learning classical piano at seven and later at the age of nine, she started on the concertina.
She has always been drawn to the music of East Galway and regards the music of Paddy Fahey as
inspirational. She won the Oireachtas as a teenager and later studied music at U.C.C where she obtained a distinction in performance playing both classical and traditional music. In 1999, she read for a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at University of
Limerick and graduated with a first class honours degree.
She works part time as a traditional music broadcaster on Clare fm.
www.clare.fm . Claire has performed on TV many times, most notably in Dec 2007 where she presented and played concertina on Geantraí. She has also appeared on Geantraí in
1998 and 2004 and has performed on Sé mo Laoch and The Miltown Sessions.
In addition, she has worked as a researcher for TG4 and has presented awards at the annual Gradam Ceoil concert where she was a member of the jury from 2006
She teaches each year at the Willie Clancy Summer School and frequently gives workshops /concerts at home and abroad .
In 2009 she released her début solo recording entitled The Daisy Field playing both concertina and harpsichord with guest musicians comprising of Liam Lewis and her
sister Breda Keville on fiddles, Geraldine Cotter on piano and Terence O guitar. This CD was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and features a no. of Paddy
Fahey compositions and also tunes by other Galway composers such as Tommy Coen and Paddy Kelly. The CD was well received and was CD of the Month (Nov 2009) on
The Irish Echo in New York stated that The Daisy Field beautifully conveys the concertina soul of Claire Keville... These tracks represent Keville at the peak of her considerable talent. Her taste in repertoire arrangement and execution is faultless.
With her sister Breda she has guested on a no. of compilation CDs.
In 2004 she recorded a CD with fiddle player John Weir and harpist Eithne Ní Dhonaile entitled An Trí is a Rian, (which included one of her own compositions a hornpipe Tom Delight. Her most recent CD is all on Clavichord (2015) and features a number of her own compositions.
She currently resides in Galway where she works as a music teacher in the music school -Maoin Ceoil ns nGaillimhe.