Trad veterans make a unique trio for Baile Bhuirne

Published 19/01/2012 | 14:13

Baile Mhúirne bound: Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich, Tommy Peoples and Laoise Kelly. Credit: Photo: Paul McCarthy

A TRIO of trad's finest join forces for what promises to be a special concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Friday, February 3.

With three distinct regional styles of Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich, Tommy Peoples and Laoise Kelly going headto-head, every tune promises to be something of an adventure.

Representing the Dingle Peninsula is genial giant Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich, whose fiery button accordion playing and heartfelt singing echo the stormy beauty of the West Kerry coastline.

Winner of the first ever TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award, trad legend Tommy Peoples brings the rabble-rousing Donegal fiddle style to the party.

Equally influential is virtuoso harpist Laoise Kelly, who has breathed new life into the national instrument with her reinterpretation of the O'carolan canon.

Breanndán Ó Beaghlaoich has three acclaimed solo albums to his name, as well as numerous recordings with the groups Boys of the Lough and Beginish. More recently his family has joined him in performances, carrying on the long line of music from Corca Dhuibhne and the Begley family. Together they played in Cape Breton in October of 2009, at the Celtic Cuban Festival in April 2010 and in Moscow in November 2010, and have performed in venues all over Ireland.

Tommy Peoples become a member of the Kilfenora Ceili Band and The Bothy Band in the 1970s. In more recent years, the fiddle player has performed primarily as a solo musician. His most recent recording was "The Quiet Glen," which includes a number of his own compositions.

A founding member of traditional group 'The Bumblebees' with whom she recorded two albums and toured worldwide, harpist Laoise Kelly has also recorded with many of Ireland's foremost artists including The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy and Mary Black, as well as with Kate Bush and American country/bluegrass icon Tim O'brien.

She has toured and performed from Africa, Japan and Russia to New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, the US and Canada. Career highlights include representing Ireland at the World Harp Festival in Paraguay, 2009 and performing with poets Seamas Heaney and Paul Muldoon on the Hill of Tara, 2010.

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