St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway

Ré, led by Liam Ó Maonlaí and his all-star band are undertaking their first national tour in May! Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish), featuring some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians, will perform 17 consecutive nights in church venues throughout the country. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper from the esteemed Ó Casaide family, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship’ (Irish Times ****) and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin, a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group. Over the past three years the band have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival. Ré's May tour runs from May 1st to 17th and will see them perform in churches in Cork, Kerry, Galway, Westport, Ennis, Dublin, Hollywood, Kilkenny and Belfast.

Concert Details

Concert Date 06-05-2015 8:00 pm
Price €20.00
Location St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway
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Ré The Band

Ré The Band

Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish) features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper from the esteemed Ó Casaide family, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship, Irish Times ****) and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin, a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group.

Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer, piano and bodhrán)

Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer, piano and bodhrán)

Liam O Maonlaí was born in Dublin. His mother from Galway, his father from Cork. His mother showed him what it means to play piano and his father taught him to sing and transmitted to him a grounding in culture and a love of people. His twenties brought him to the world stage with the rock ‘n’ roll band the Hothouse Flowers, with whom he enjoyed seven years recording and performing around the world. Through his travels he has connected with artists from the aboriginal cultures of the land. 'The possibilities in music are endless. It is time to dig deep'.

Cormac Begley (bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas)

Cormac Begley (bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas)

Cormac Begley (bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas) Cormac is a concertina player who hails from a well-known musical family on the Dingle Peninsula. Musicians such as his father, Brendan, Tom ‘an Lord’ Ó Conchubhair, Marie McHugh and East Clare musicians have had strong influences on his music. He has recently completed a PhD in Psychology at NUI, Galway, where he researched the pressures experienced by adolescent males growing up in Ireland. In 2014 he was award the prestigious Sean O Riada award for concertina playing. He is the founder of the award winning ‘Tunes in the Church’ live concert series in Galway. To date, he has featured on two highly acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty (‘Na Fir Bolg’) and the second, featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo) - ‘Tunes in the Church’.)

Maitiú Ó Casaide (whistle, uilleann pipes)

Maitiú Ó Casaide (whistle, uilleann pipes)

Maitiú is an uilleann piper from Ranelagh, Dublin. He is one of the younger generation of the musical Ó Casaide family and his father Feargus, and uncles formed the band, ‘Na Casaidigh’. He learnt the whistle at Scoil Bhríde primary school and the pipes at ‘Na Píobairí Uilleann’ (NPU), and was further influenced by his days in secondary school in Coláiste Eoin - an Irish speaking stronghold of traditional music in South Dublin. This year Maitiu was award the prestigious TG4 young musicians of the year award. He also features on ‘The Rolling Wave’, a compilation album released by NPU of young upcoming pipers and is a member of the Irish folk band ‘The Bonny Men’ who have recorded two albums to date - ‘The Bonny Men’ and ‘ Moyne Road’.
Eithne Ní Chatháin (singer, fiddle player, shruti box)

Eithne Ní Chatháin (singer, fiddle player, shruti box)

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Eithne mesmerises with the quality & presence of her voice. Her love of Clare and Kerry fiddle music and delight for the melodies, curves, and emotions of the old songs which surrounded her from an early age run deep. Eithne continues to explore her rich heritage, whilst simultaneously branching out to explore her own songwriting and original music. Performing under the alias Inni-K, she is celebrated for her fresh style of indie-folk, weaving together voice, piano & ukelele together with drummer & percussionist Brian Walsh and band. Her debut Inni-K album 'The King has Two Horse's Ears' was released early this year to critical acclaim & is available via https://inni-k.bandcamp.com Eithne also has a traditional song & fiddle album titled 'Eithne' to her name, available on iTunes. For more info on Inni-K see www.inni-k.com
Peter O Toole (singer, guitar and bouzouki)

Peter O Toole (singer, guitar and bouzouki)

Peter O Toole grew up in Dublin and began playing music from a young age, firstly blowing the harmonica and recorder and then discovered the joy of stringed instruments. He played bass guitar with Hothouse Flowers as well as acoustic guitar, mandolin and bouzouki. He has had the pleasure of playing and recording alongside some amazing musicians. Peter also writes, produces and teaches music and plans to record some solo music in the near future.