A group of Clare’s finest musicians held a full house at the edge of their seats with a feast of traditional Irish music for two hours last Saturday night in Dublin’s City Hall.
In the opinion of many leaving the venue, this was one of the highlights of the Temple Bar TradFest. Mícheál O Riabhaigh, Chairman of the Ennis Fleadh Committee described the event as a fantastic start to the year and added that the TradFest would find it difficult to beat it for entertainment.
Although they produced their first album in 1978, Noel Hill on concertina and Tony Linnane on fiddle demonstrated once again that the masters are still at the top. With enthusiasm, energy and good humour added to their legendary musical talents, they held the audience in the palm of their hand.
Jack Talty, on concertina and piano, was in splendid form and Damien O’Reilly wowed the audience with his intricate accordion ornamentation. His brother Pádraic left nobody in any doubt why he is widely regarded as one the finest solo traditional pianist of his generation. The renowned singer, Edel Vaughan form Crusheen treated the audience to several songs including a gorgeous version of The Mountains of Pomeroy.
Just to prove that there is no shortage of trad talent in Clare, three young musicians opened the concert with a blast of jigs and reels. They were Conor O’Loughlin on concertina, Caitriona O’Gorman on Piano and Pamela Queally on Fiddle. Expect to hear a lot more of this trio in the months and years ahead.
Caimin Jones was the concert MC which was organised to bring the good news of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016 to a Dublin audience and to encourage fans of the Fleadh everywhere to visit Ennis from 14th – 22nd August. The event was attended by Ann Finnegan, President of Comhaltas and the organisation administrator Siobhán Ní Connaráin as well as several members of the Ard Comhaile. Former President and Trustee General of Comhaltas Padraigh O Ceallaigh, originally from Lissycasey, was also present.