Mórga / John Bowe, Mick O’Connor and Pete Quinn
Fri 28th Oct 2016 – 8pm
Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1 9AG – click for map
Evening Concert sponsored by The Irish World
Mórga – David Munnelly (accordion), Danny Diamond (fiddle), Jonas Fromseier (banjo/bouzouki) and Domenic Keogh (bodhrán) – was formed in 2008 by four friends and colleagues who played together on the rich Galway music scene, to “bring together the wild energy of the Irish-American dance bands of the roaring 20s, the sound of the Irish traditional music revival of the 70s and the excitement of the best pub sessions”.
They have toured extensively throughout Ireland and Europe and have appeared on Irish television and radio. Their first album, Mórga (Irish for majestic), was released in 2009. It was followed in early 2014 by For the Sake of Auld Decency, “a raucous celebration of the band members’ musical roots and influences”. Mórga performances always feature an engaging blend of humour, passion and sheer virtuosity. Not to be missed.
Accordion maestro John Bowe was born in Birr, Co Offaly. Greatly influenced by the legendary Paddy O’Brien, from neighbouring Tipperary, John was accordionist in North London’s great Thatch Céilí Band. He recorded his first solo album, Ceoil Álainn, in 1977, with Mary Conroy on guitar. His second album, The Contradiction, with Kevin Taylor on piano, was released in 2004.
London’s own Mick O’Connor, All Ireland winner on the tenor banjo in 1971, has been playing since 1967 and is a veteran of the great days of the London Irish music scene of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. In 2013, he was honoured by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, which bestowed its Bardic Award on him for his “exceptional contribution to the promotion of Ireland’s cultural traditions”.