Artists ProfileMick Conneely Snr. was born in Errislannan near Clifden in North Connemara Co. Galway. Like many other musicians of his time he was forced to emigrate to Britain in the late 1950s. After spending some time in Newport in Wales he moved to Bedford in England where he married raised a family and worked for the greater part of his life. A truly great fiddler Mick Snr. quickly became the central figure of traditional music in Bedford and the surrounding area. Traditional music was equally central to both social and family life. All his children are accomplished musicians, his daughters Bernie,Cathleen and Pauline and his son Mick Jnr. Since retiring Mick Snr. has returned to his native Connemara.
His son Mick Jnr. As well as learning from his father also took lessons from the legendary Clare musician and teacher Brendan Mulkere. Mick Jnr. Is now established as one of the leading and most respected fiddlers in the tradition while also being a very accomplished bouzuoki player. Mick has had a colourful and highly successful musical career both as a solo artist and in collaborations with Kevin Crawford, De Dannan and more recently with accordion player Dave Munnelly.
Listening to the two Micks is a wonderful experience. Hand in glove springs to mind.
Artists ProfileA genial giant from the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, Breanndán is a well known and accomplished performer of Irish traditional music on the button accordian, touring at home and in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and France. He is a memeber of the 'Boys of the Lough', first touring with the band as a guest in th e 1980's in the USA, and full-time member since 1997.
Brendan's exciting dance music, sensitive emotional playing of slow airs on accordion, and his singing in his native Irish make him a great favourite. He is acclaimed in Ireland for his TV presentations of traditional music on the Irish language channel TG4.
Artists ProfileThe Devane Brothers
The world has enjoyed Irish step dancing like never before in recent decades.
However, we are now rediscovering an even more ancient and exhilarating form of Irish solo dance, as preserved by the legendary Devane family from a small, rural, fishing village in Connemara in the west of Ireland.
The Devane brothers are 5th generation ‘sean-nós’ (old-style) dancers and unrivalled masters of this exquisite art form. Incredibly, like their forefathers, they never attended a dance class.
Brothers Patrick and Gerard – recently returned from America – follow in the footsteps of their famous father, Séamus, who toured America, Canada, Japan, England and several European cities in the eighties with his passionate, spirited dance. The brothers now proudly carry on this tradition as passed down to them from their great great grandfather, generation by generation.
‘Sean-nós’ dancing is currently enjoying a revival in Ireland, but few if any other dancers can claim to have inherited this dance form by unbroken lineage, let alone as a 5th generation legacy. Furthermore, the duo’s dance is perfectly complimented by the pure, raw, rhythmic accordion music of Colm, another dancer brother.
To witness this powerful family legacy is a rare privilege … Turn back the clock and savour this ‘moment in time’!
Artists ProfileHarry Bradley was born in South Belfast. The vibrant recording heritage from the 1920s and 30s has had a huge influence on his flute-playing style as has the playing of musicians such as Seamus Tansey, Dessie Wilkinson and piper Seamus Ennis, to name but a few. Noted for his unique tone and driving rhythm, Harry has come to be recognized as one of the most distinctive flute players in Ireland today.
He has toured internationally and recorded both as a soloist and with groups such as Cran and Altan. In 2014 he was the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Cheoil Traditional Musician of the Year Award.