Three of the great players of Irish traditional music unite to indulge their shared love for the music of North Connaught in one of the most exciting musical combinations of recent times. Matt Molloy is regarded as the greatest living exponent of Irish flute playing. A member of the Chieftains for more than two decades, he was also a founder member of the legendary Bothy Band and has a formidable reputation as a solo performer.
John Carty is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. Born in London, he is a master on the tenor banjo, fiddle and flute and has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music. He released his debut album in 1994. It and several of his subsequent releases are recognised as classics.
Irish television station, TG4, named him Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. He joined distinguished previous winners, including his colleague, Matt Molloy, master fiddler Tommy Peoples and Uilleann piper, Paddy Keenan. He is a member of super-group, Patrick Street, a founder of At the Racket, a free-spirited dance band, the John Carty Festival Band and has collaborated and performed with many of the finest traditional musicians, including the Chieftains, De Danaan, Alec Finn, Brian McGrath and Johnny McDonagh and the great Leitrim fiddle player, Bryan Rooney.
Arty McGlynn is the most in-demand guitar player in Irish music. In addition to his solo work, he has collaborated and performed with many notable musicians, including Patrick Street, Planxty, De Dannan, piper Liam O’Flynn, Frances Black, Van Morrison and fiddle player Nollaig Casey.
John, Matt and Arty released Pathway to the Well, their first album of the music of North Connaught, in 2008. This was followed in 2016 by Out of the Ashes, which features guest appearances by Noel O’Grady and Brian McGrath.
Over the past seventeen years The London Lasses have taken their music to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Glastonbury, Dublin City Hall, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where they performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí as part of the 2008 season and supported The Chieftains on their 50th Anniversary tour. They were featured on the ‘Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk’ double CD, released by ARC Music in February 2014.
This internationally renowned band delivers a wealth of traditional material from all over Ireland, including songs in Irish and English, plus the full range of Irish dance tunes, from ancient to newly composed. The London Lasses celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2010 with the release of their fourth album ‘By Night and By Day’. In 2015, they released their fifth, The One I Loved the Best, with Leeds pianist and guitarist, Chris O’Malley.
“One of the best bands on the scene today.” Irish Music Magazine
Evening Concert – Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn / The London Lasses and Chris O’Malley at Clayton Crown Hotel – Weds 25th Oct 7.30pm
£15/ £6 under 18s