FolkWorld Issue 42 07/2010; Tour Announcement


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01. Oct 2010 Sang a Klang, L-Luxembourg
02. Oct 2010 Loni-Übler-Haus, D-Nürnberg
05. Oct 2010 Store Okseø, DK-Sønderhav
06. Oct 2010 Koed, DK-Kolind
07. Oct 2010 Hagges Musikpub, DK-Tønder
08. Oct 2010 Portalen, DK-Hundige
09. Oct 2010 Copenhagen Folk Club, DK-København
10. Oct 2010 Det Bruunske Pakhus, DK-Fredericia
13. Oct 2010 NPB Kerk, NL-Oud Beijerland
16. Oct 2010 Cultureel Centrum, B-Leopoldsburg
17. Oct 2010 Oosterpoort, NL-Groningen
18. Oct 2010 Stadtgalerie Neues Rathaus, D-Kiel
19. Oct 2010 Kulturhaus Spandau, D-Berlin
21. Oct 2010 Der Speicher, D-Schwerin
22. Oct 2010 Rathaus, D-Stuhr
23. Oct 2010 Tabakspeicher, D-Nordhausen
24. Oct 2010 Bürgersaal Musberg, D-Leinfelden-Echt.
25. Oct 2010 Ars Musica, Stemmerhof, D-München
26. Oct 2010 Aula Kolleg, Schulbrüder, D-Illertissen
28. Oct 2010 Parterre, CH-Basel
29. Oct 2010 Stadtscheuer, D-Waldshut
30. Oct 2010 Espace Rhénan "Le Forum", F-Kembs
31. Oct 2010 Das weisse Ross, D-Kirchheimbolanden

Music of Sliabh Luachra
Pure Irish Drops 2010

The wild mountainous south-west of Ireland, probably the part of the green is­land, which was anglicized last of all, has preserved some cultural and espe­cially musical originality. Especially in the impass­able borderland between the counties Kerry and Cork, the area so called Sliabh Luachra (the mountain of the rushes), a lively and self-contained tradition survived.

Opinions differ as to the exact location and extent of Sliabh Luachra, but it is gen­e­rally accep­ted to refer to the mountainous rush-filled upland that straddles the bor­der area of Cork, Kerry, and Limerick, including the Kerry parishes of Cordal, Bros­na and Gneeveguilla, the town of Rathmore and the Cork village of Ballydes­mond.

Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Tommy O'Sullivan

Jackie Daly @ FolkWorld: FW#24

Matt Cranitch @ FolkWorld: FW#23, #29

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The main instrument is the fiddle. Concertina, melodeon and accordi­on were ad­ded later. The most noticeable characteristic is the domi­nance of the dance mea­sure of the polka and the slide. The area generated a fair amount of great accordion players, et al. Jackie Daly, De­reck Hickey, Donal Murphy and Aidan Coffey (Dé Dannan). Important fidd­lers in this tradition were and are amongst others Paddy Cronin, Séamus Creagh, Matt Cranitch (Na Filí, Any Old Time, Sliabh Notes) and Connie O’Con­nell.

Jackie Daly (accordion)

The words ‘Button Accordion’ and ‘Jackie Daly’ are synonymous in the world of Irish traditional music. Described in the New York Times as “probably the best accordionist in Ireland”, Jackie was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork, where he grew up surrounded by the rich music tradition of Sliabh Luachra. One of the greatest influences on his early musical development was Ballydesmond fiddle-player, Jim Keeffe, a pupil of the renowned Sliabh Luachra fiddle-master, Pádraig O’Keeffe. Over the years, Jackie’s lifelong affinity with fiddle-music re­sul­ted in two highly acclaimed albums featuring fiddle and accor­dion, one with the late Cork-based musician Séamus Creagh, and the second with Kevin Burke.

Jackie was a central figure in some of the most dominant groups playing Irish music in recent times. His per­formances with bands such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara all attest to his wonderful music and versatility. However, it is the style and reper­toire of Sliabh Luachra music that has made the most significant impression on his accordion playing, a fact well exemplified through his various solo re­cor­dings. He has toured extensively and has also taught. In 2005, he received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (National Music Award), and, in 2009, the Kanturk Arts Festival Award.

Tommy O’Sullivan

T. O’Sullivan @ FolkWorld: FW#23, #23, #29, #39

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Matt Cranitch (fiddle)

Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle-player and teacher, both at home in Ire­land and abroad. He has performed extensively at con­certs and festivals, as well as on radio and television, and has presented lectures, master-classes and workshops on various aspects of Irish music. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. Au­thor of The Irish Fiddle Book, first published in 1988 and now in its fourth edi­tion, he has also contributed to other books on Irish traditional music. Cur­rently, he plays with Sliabh Notes, with whom he has recorded three highly-ac­claimed albums. Among his other recordings is Éistigh Seal which consists en­tirely of slow airs.

An authority on the Sliabh Luachra fiddle-style, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Lime­rick in 2006 for his study entitled ‘Pádraig O’Keeffe and The Sliabh Lua­chra Fiddle Tradition’. A long-time consultant for the Geantraí series on TG4, he is also an advisor to the Arts Council Deis scheme for the traditional arts, and is on the board of the Irish Traditional Mu­sic Archive (2007–2010). In 2003, he received the ‘University College Cork Hall of Fame Award’ in recognition of his contribution made to Irish traditional mu­sic.

Tommy O’Sullivan (guitar & vocals)

Acclaimed as “one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland”, Tommy O’Sullivan, “stellar guitarist”, has remained one of the hidden treasures of traditional Irish music for many years. He has toured throughout North America and Europe, appearing at many major venues and festivals. He has al­ways kept an active recording schedu­le having recorded three albums as a mem­ber of Sliabh Notes with music from Sliabh Luachra, a duet album with Bothy Band piper, Paddy Keen­an, and two solo albums.

Photo Credits: (1) Pure Irish Drops Logo, (2) Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Tommy O'Sullivan (by Florian Fürst/ff-musikbüro); (3) Tommy O'Sullivan (from website).

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