Thursday 19 January 2017

Tributes pour in for talented musician Conor Walsh following his tragic sudden death

Published 13/03/2016 | 12:02

Conor Walsh
Conor Walsh

Tributes have been pouring in for Irish musician and composer Conor Walsh following his sudden death this week.

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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.

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