Guitarist Daniel is picked for US tour

Published 29/04/2014|05:24

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A young Carlow guitarist has been selected to play with the Dundalk Institute of Technology Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble as they embark on a tour of America.

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Daniel Whelan from Borris will joined the group as they departed to New York and Kansas this weekend ahead of a busy tour schedule which includes performances, lectures and community outreach projects.

Daniel (right) is a multi-genre guitarist and a first year student at DkIT on the BA (Hons) Applied Music programme. He quickly got involved with the Ceol Oirghialla Ensemble and has already performed a number of concerts with the group including participation in the recent Battle of Clontarf Millennium Commemorations. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences, Daniel has begun exploring various approaches to guitar accompaniment in Irish traditional music through his studies at DkIT and with his band Na Tonnta.

While in the Big Apple, the ensemble will present a lecture recital at Molloy College, Long Island, will also perform at the American Irish Historical Society on Fifth Avenue amongst other things. While in Kansas, Daniel and the rest of the group will learn from the Department of Music and Theatre at Baker University and will play the Grubb Memorial Jazz concert and Baker's Choral Concert to name but a couple.

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