Saturday 25 March 2017

Music to fans' ears -- ceili band canvas up for auction

The picture is part of sale of Irish works by de Vere Art Auctions at the D4 Hotel, Dublin, on March 30
The picture is part of sale of Irish works by de Vere Art Auctions at the D4 Hotel, Dublin, on March 30

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

A canvas of the legendary Kilfenora Ceili Band will go under the hammer in March.

And there have been expressions of interest from as far away as the US.

Measuring 20in x 44in, the painting by Michael Hanrahan has been given a guide price of between €1,000 and €1,500, but could well exceed that, according to auctioneer Rory Guthrie of de Vere Art Auctions.

Formed in 1909 in Kilfenora, a small village on the edge of the Burren in north Clare, the group attribute their longevity to staying true to traditional instrumentation and repertoire and by keeping unnecessary innovation to a minimum.

"Seeing them perform is incredible and that's what I tried to get on to my canvas," Mr Hanrahan said.

A lifelong fan of the band, the painter based his picture on a performance they gave at the Clare Fleadh in Kilfenora on June 20, 2010.

The picture is part of sale of Irish works by de Vere Art Auctions at the D4 Hotel, Dublin, on March 30. The group play the National Concert Hall on March 16-17.

Irish Independent

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