Clayton Crown Hotel (Bentley Suite) – Páraic Mac Donnchadha, Graham Guerin and Noel O’Grady – Doireann Glackin and Sarah Flynn (The Housekeepers) – Paddy Tutty, Caomhín and Seán Ó Fearghaíl – Saturday 26th October 2pm
Tickets: £10/£6 under 18
Please note that all advertised concert times are door opening times. Performances will commence 30 minutes after doors open.
The son of renowned Connemara sean nós singer, Seán Mac Donnchada, banjo player Páraic was born in Ahascra, just outside Ballinalsoe in Galway in the early 1960s. Páraic played alongside fellow East Galway musicians, Paddy Carty (flute), Conor Tully (fiddle) and Frank Hogan (bouzouki) for many years and acknowledges Paddy Fahey, Paddy Carty and Conor Tully as the principal influences on his style.
He is particularly admired for the subtlety of his playing and is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest banjo players. He has held a long association with the Feakle Festival, where he released his debut album, Not Before Time… 39 Years in the Making, in 2018.
Accordionist Graham Guerin, from North Kerry, has become a favourite duet partner for Paraic. The two share a passion for strongly rhythmic, traditional music, together with a deep understanding of the old style of playing music and an impressive knowledge of tunes and sources. Graham features regular as a tutor and performer at festivals throughout Ireland.
Mayo bouzouki player Noel O’Grady was a member of the London based ‘Good Mixer Band’, which performed regularly in Camden Town in the 1980s. He regularly hosts sessions in Westport, particularly at Matt Molloy’s famous bar. Noel was also a member of ‘Beginnish’, alongside Kerry accordionist Brendan Begley, Dublin fiddler Paul O’Shaughnessy and flautist, Paul McGrattan. He has featured on numerous recordings, including Matt Molloy and John Carty’s second release, Out of the Ashes.
Fiddle player Doireann Glackin, from Dublin, has been at the forefront of traditional music broadcasting during the last year, presenting FleadhTV 2018, Gradam Ceoil TG4 2019. She recently recorded the second series of TG4’s largely successful TradfestTg4. She is currently in her third year of a PhD which focuses on the sean nós singing tradition of Muskerry, which connects directly with the legacy of her grandfather, Seán Ó Riada.
Sarah Flynn, also from Dublin, began playing the concertina at the age of 10. She has been inspired and influenced by many other legendary musicians of the past and present, including Ella Mae O’Dwyer, Mary MacNamara, Bobby Casey and Jesse Smith. In recent years Flynn has enjoyed passing on her love and knowledge of traditional music to many students both in Ireland and abroad. She regularly plays in a duet with Doireann Glackin and has toured with Dublin band Skipper’s Alley. Recently, she has performed at Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica, Bologna, TradfestTg4 and has supported Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill at Tunes in the Church and the Milan Expo.
Paddy Tutty, from Dungarvan, in West Waterford, took up the fiddle at the age of 17. Born into a musical family, he was initially inspired by his grandfather, fiddle player Tommy Norris. However, he is entirely self-taught on fiddle, banjo and bodhrán. More recently, he has taken-up the upright double bass.
He was a founding member of the group Caladh Nua. Formed in 2009, the band has recorded four albums to-date – Happy Days’ (2009), Next Stop (2011), Honest to Goodness (2014) and Free and Easy (2016). He and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, his colleague in Caladh Nua, released an album of duets, Flute & Fiddle in 2018. In additional to Paddy’s accomplishments as a fiddle player and band leader, he is currently earning a reputation of a fiddle-maker.
From An Rinn in the West Waterford Gaeltacht, brothers Seán and Caoimhin O Fearghail are highly regarded multi-instrumentalists. Caoimhin began to learn the tin-whistle at the age of eight and quickly progressed to the uilleann pipes. He is also self-taught on flute and guitar and is much in-demand as an accompanist. He was named TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2012. Seán is an accomplished fiddle, concertina and bouzouki player.