Breda Keville - Fiddle player and singer

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Breda Keville

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Breda is from Claran, near Headford, Co. Galway. She attended tin whistle lessons from Mary Bergin from the age of 7 and began learning the fiddle at school shortly afterwards. She got a new fiddle for her 13th birthday and soon became hooked! Her musical influences come predominantly from older players ranging from Bobby Casey, Sarah & Rita Keane, Paddy Fahey, Paddy Canny, Joe Ryan, Patick Kelly to Willie Clancy & Felix Doran to name but a few. She gives workshops regularly but in Ireland and abroad and also teaches in Galway on an individual basis. She released her solo CD 'The Hop Down', in July 2006. Though predominantly unaccompanied, the recording also features her sister Claire on concertina and fiddle, Liam Lewis on fiddle and Terence O Reilly on guitar. While reviewing the album in the Journal of Music in Ireland (JMI), Dermot McLaughlin wrote that: “A recording like this is a cause for optimism at a time when so many accents and points of difference are being smoothed out of traditional music in studio recordings and elsewhere. This hop down is really a big step up!”