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Belfast TradFest Tutors Concert 

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Belfast TradFest Tutors Concert .

Date

24 February, 2024

Time

Doors 18:00 Event Start 18:15

Cost

£12.50

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This concert will feature Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Róisín Chambers, Junior Davey, Cein Sweeney, Alana MacInnes, Seosamh Ó Neachtain, Paul Meehan, Martha Guiney, Gary Hastings and Mary Fox.

3-time All-Ireland concertina champion Caitlín Nic Gabhann grew up in a house full of music and learned most of her music, style and rhythm from her father Antóin Mac Gabhann. She has performed with the RTÉ Vanburgh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí and for Presidents and Royalty around the world. Her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin with her debut album being labelled the ‘top Irish traditional album of 2012’ by The Wall Street Journal.

A former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by his extended family; his grandfather and teacher Francie Mooney. Ciarán’s music has been used in films, on television and on radio programmes including the award-winning short film Noreen. He has also released three acclaimed albums with Fidil, with Songlines magazine declaring The Old Wheel of Fortune, “one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade”.

Róisín Chambers is a singer and fiddle player whose influences draw on the Connemara lineage of sean nós singing. Chambers prides herself as a Dublin exponent of the great sean nós tradition and with a voice of unflinching splendour, lends a forensic realism to her interpretation of the old songs.

Hailing from family deeply rooted in the rich musical tradition of South Sligo, Junior Davey is highly respected as one of the finest exponents on the bodhrán, having won the Senior All-Ireland Bodhrán competition on 5 occasions. He is a highly sought after percussion tutor, equally adept on the bones as the bodhrán and with an innate understanding of the music he grew up with.

2015 All-Ireland senior flute champion, Céin Sweeney hails from Killeshandra, County Cavan. Céin is a well sought-after musician and has toured across Europe, the UK, America with several groups and taught across Ireland at workshops, festivals, and fleadhs. Céin is part of the group Carlos, Sweeney, McCartin alongside Dylan Carlos on fiddle and John McCartin on guitar who released their debut album in 2019 to much success.

Alana MacInnes is a prominent Scottish piper and traditional musician hailing from South Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides. Playing from a young age, she has become a well-known performer and teacher in the traditional music scene, both as a soloist and with her band Beira.  Alana’s music is recognized for its emotive quality, with a focus on the Scottish piping traditions of her homeland. Her contributions to the traditional music scene and her dedication to promoting and preserving Scottish culture make her an important figure in the music industry.  

A graduate of NUI Galway, Seosamh Ó Neachtain has contributed to rejuvenating the Gaeltacht tradition of sean-nós dancing and is a founding member of the traditional dance show Barr go Sáil/Heel to Toe which has entertained audiences at various festivals such as Tonder Festival, Celtic Connections and the International Dance Festival of Ireland. Seosamh has performed worldwide with some of the finest exponents of traditional music, including Altan, De Dannan, Máirtín O’Connor, Harry Bradley, Jesse Smith, Johnny Connolly, and Róisín Elsafty.  

Martha Guiney is a traditional tin whistle player from Glenn, County Down. A recent recipient of the prestigious BBC Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland Traditional Young Musicians’Platform Award, Martha has been immersed in the Irish Traditional Music scene from her childhood and has toured internationally and collaborated with many renowned artists worldwide. She is a renowned teacher internationally and all over Ireland. In 2022, she released her debut album The Raven’s Call.

Hailing from Manchester, Paul Meehan is a well-respected banjo, guitar and bass player who has played extensively with some of the biggest names in Irish traditional music, such as Mike McGoldrick, Stockton’s Wing, Altan, Flook and Lunasa to name but a few. His debut solo album, The Lower Road features a mix of styles, with the emphasis on Irish tunes and a smattering of French ones as well as his finishing with his own composition, Sheila on the Segway.

Mary Fox is an esteemed authority on set dancing, and particularly the set dances of Ulster. Having founded the ‘Belfast & District Set Dancing and Traditional Music Society” now ‘Belfast Trad’ in 1990, she has since gone on to teach thousands of dancers and musicians with her brilliant All Set Project.

Gary Hastings is an exceptionally talented flute player. Originally from East Belfast he learned to play bagpipes in the local Boys’ Brigade band. He later got swept up in the traditional music revival while studying in Coleraine, influenced by legendary musicians Cathal McConnell, Len Graham, Joe Holmes, Mick Hoy and Eddie Duffy. While completing a degree in Irish Studies he researched the playing of the fife and the Lambeg drum which was published as a book in 2003.

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