Thursday 17 October 2019

Tureencahill's Bryan is keeping up the proud family tradition

92-year old Lil O’Leary congratulating her grandson, Bryan, on the
launch of the new CD
92-year old Lil O’Leary congratulating her grandson, Bryan, on the launch of the new CD
Hannah Mary O’Leary, Cullen; Kate Mary Cremin, Cullen; and Mary Nolan, Ballydesmond, enjoying the album launch concert

Sheila Fitzgerald

The well-known adage 'the apple does not fall far from the tree' certainly rings true in the case of Tureencahill musician Bryan O'Leary.

Bryan, the grandson of a renowned Sliabh Luachra accordionist, the late Johnny O' Leary, is rapidly consolidating his reputation as one of the foremost traditional young musicians in the country.

Last Friday night, Bryan and his band, The Conifers, launched their new album, playing to a packed audience at the Tureencahill Community Centre.

The 11-track CD features an eclectic mix of Sliabh Luachra traditional music and song, with strong influences from Bryan's fellow musicians Conor O'Loughlin from  Corofin; Cathal O' Curráin from Gaoth Dobhair; Felix Morgenstern from Berlin; and Marty Barr from Banbridge.

The five friends met while studying music at the University of Limerick, where there was ample opportunity to jam and create their own unique style and sound. 

"The five of us were all living in the same house, and all brought something different to the group - a good mix of stuff,"  said Bryan. 

"We were lucky enough to win a competition last year to perform at the Irish Music Festival in Michigan. We're going back there this September and hope to spend a few weeks touring around the USA" he added.

The new album can be downloaded from Custy's Online Music Store in Ennis, or contact Bryan at (085) 112 5799.