Eoin O’Neill, a giant of the traditional Irish music scene in Clare has been announced as the winner of the 2015 MÓRglór award.
Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. He is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county, and is chiefly responsible for encouraging the playing of young and old alike.
He is the driving force behind a number of bands: The Céili Bandits, The Fiddle Case and, more recently, Crag Road and he has played with the likes of Sharon Shannon, Mary Custy, Terry Bingham, Martin Hayes, Christy Moore, Conor Byrne, Luka Bloom and many others. His passion for this craft has led him to preserve music that was in danger of being lost forever, and is now being enjoyed and re-invented by a new generation of musicians.
Commenting on his award, Eoin said: “The musicians who have influenced me are those with whom I have been lucky enough to play professionally with. Starting with my first teacher Tony Dalton, a great character and banjo player from West Limerick who taught me in sessions in Doolin; in extended visits to Fleadh and in haybarns, which were our hotels, the list continues with Kevin Griffin, Mary Custy, Sharon Shannon, Yvonne Casey, Terry Bingham, Kitty Hayes and the man who changed all my perceptions and allowed me to enjoy everything to do with music…my great friend and the most soulful, amazing musician, Quentin Cooper.”
On Saturday 10 October, the people of Clare will express their thanks to Eoin, in the most appropriate manner – with a concert featuring some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county. The concert details will be announced over the coming months, but will certainly feature a star studded line up.
Gemma Carcaterra, glór director, commented: “We are delighted that Eoin has won the MÓRglór award. He is a gifted musician, and a fantastic promoter of traditional Irish music. We will put together a cracker of a concert to honour his contribution to Clare’s wonderful musical heritage.”
For further information on MÓRglór, see www.glor.ie