Tuesday 21 May 2019

Wonderful music of Josephine Keegan

The Section of Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology will present a concert featuring the music of Josephine Keegan performed by students and staff at the Institute along with special guests in the MacAnna Theatre on Thursday March 14th at 7pm.

Josephine Keegan was born in 1935 in Dundee, Scotland, and moved with her family to Co. Armagh in 1939 and later to Mullaghbane in 1950. Early music performances were playing céilí's in South Armagh and surrounding areas. Her early involvement in the John Murphy céilí band developed initially from sessions in the houses of members. Keegan won many competitions including the Gold Medal at the Feis Ceoil in Dublin in 1955.

Josephine lived in London between 1963 and 1969 where she played in a number of bands including the Galtymore and Fulham. She began to play in public houses in Ireland with legendary fiddle player Seán Maguire following their return to Ireland around 1968. Her impact in the recording world was initially as accompanist to musicians including Sean McGuire, Joe Burke, Roger Sherlock, Séamus Tansey and Kevin Loughlin. Prior to 1976 she tended to play more on the piano but between 1977 and 1982 she recorded five solo albums on the fiddle, providing her own accompaniment on piano.

The repertoire of the concert, Ómós do Josephine Keegan, draws from Keegan's recordings and also her compositions, documented in four volumes of the Keegan Tunes.

In 2002 Josephine Keegan published her first book of compositions. She received an award from Boston College in 2003 in appreciation of her lifelong dedication to Irish traditional music and invaluable contribution to Irish cultural preservation. In 2005 she was awarded TG4 Composer of the Year and received an award from Newry and Mourne District Council for her contribution to music in 2005. She recently published her fourth volume of compositions and continues to play regularly.

Tickets are priced €10/€5. For bookings and further information please contact or 042 9370280.

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