Tributes pour in for talented musician Conor Walsh following his tragic sudden death
Published 13/03/2016 | 12:02
Tributes have been pouring in for Irish musician and composer Conor Walsh following his sudden death this week.
Born in Mayo, he had been making music since he was a teenager and just last year released his debut EP The Front.
The pianist and composer had performed at festivals including Electric Picnic, Other Voices, and Body & Soul.
He had also supported Bray singer/songwriter Hozier on his Irish tour in 2013 while his music was used on short films and various Irish TV and radio documentaries.
Conor's family today posted a statement on his official Facebook page.
"Conor treated each performance the same way he treated each and every individual whom with he shared company. He never failed to conjure the highest emotion from a melody just as he never but drew the brightest light from all who met him. The absolute dedication, insatiable energy and infallible passion he committed to his music was mirrored in the attention and engagement he gifted to the conversations of those he shared memorable times with, whether on stage in Ballinalough, on the streets of Swinford or, at home in Ballinisland.
"Conor was a talented musician, a tireless conversationalist with an intelligent and informed mind, a skilled fisherman, an amazingly caring brother, son and friend, and most of all, a gentleman to all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. Conor's imprint on music will continue to flow long past his time, and the impression he left on all who knew him is sure to linger in minds and hearts as distinctly as the echo of the notes he leaves behind him. We will all miss Conor dearly, as we try to come to terms with losing a talented artist and an outstanding friend who still had so much to offer.
"The family of Conor would like to sincerely thank everyone who has offered their condolences, your support is appreciated very much, and it is a great help at this difficult time.
"Reposing from O'Connor's hotel Swinford from 3pm Monday 14th with removal at 11:30am Tuesday 15th and funeral mass at 12 pm at Swinford church."
Tributes have also been pouring in on Twitter.
Shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Conor Walsh. He was far too young and had far too bright a future to go like this. @conorwalshpiano— Hozier (@Hozier) March 12, 2016
So shocked and terribly sad to hear of the death of Conor Walsh. Such a gentle guy and a beautiful musician. Thank you for the music, Conor.— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) March 13, 2016
So sad to hear about Conor Walsh. Seeing him in the Freemason's Hall in Derry was one of my most memorable gigs. RIP https://t.co/aHtvHjB4jH— Sive (@sivemusic) March 13, 2016
Really sad to hear of Conor Walsh's passing. I only met him once when we played a gig together in October, he... https://t.co/7rB7VfOOxQ— Simon Bird (@SimonBirdMusic) March 13, 2016
Sleep well Conor Walsh RIP maybe we get to meet properly in the next life, till then thank you for the beautiful music...— Jenny Wren (@wrenreckons) March 12, 2016
Shocked to hear that Conor Walsh has died. Saw him in Cork as part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. Rising talent pic.twitter.com/T3PtXNm61l— ThePointOfEverything (@TPOEblog) March 13, 2016
RIP Conor Walsh, a huge musical talent and a regular on @rteradio1 over the years. Condolences to his family and friends— RTERadio1Music (@RTERadio1Music) March 13, 2016
Terrible news about Conor Walsh. Incredible talent, and whenever you talked to him you really felt like he listened to you. Great guy.— Daithi (@daithimusic) March 13, 2016