Once again, we are devoting an entire evening to our ever-popular album launches, which feature recent releases from some of the finest Irish musicians and performers.
Fiddler Brendan Hendry, LiveIreland’s 2012 Musician of the Year, is from Bellaghy in South Derry. His debut album, Tuned Up, was released in 2008 to critical acclaim. It was followed in 2010 by String Tones, on which he was accompanied by Paul McSherry on guitar and bouzouki and Nodlaig Brolly on Cláirseach, piano and vocals.
Tonight, he launches his third album, Living Roots, a collaboration with the noted guitar and five string banjo player Jonny Toman from Lurgan, County Armagh.
Fiddle player Matt Tighe was born in South London and has a London and Trinidadian background. He was introduced to traditional music by his parents and cites The Chieftains and Tom McConville and Pauline Cato as important early influences. He has been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections and a semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. He is currently studying Classical Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
His playing style owes much to the music of County Clare and his teachers Dermot Crehan and Brendan Mulkere, together with the Scottish tradition. His eponymous debut album features some fine guest musicians, including Tad Sargent (bouzouki, guitar, mandocello, bodhran, piano and harmonium), Chris O’Malley (piano and harmonium), James Lindsay (double bass), Luke Daniels (melodeon) and Brian McNeill (concertina).
Featuring many of the finest Comhaltas musicians based in London, tonight’s performers come from the younger generation and include winners of several All-Ireland titles. For further information about the work of Comhaltas, please contact its development officer for London, John Devine – email@example.com.
Album Launch Night
Matt Tighe / Comhaltas in Britain / Brendan Hendry and Jonny Toman at Fiddler’s Elbow – Thurs 26th Oct 7.30pm