Sunday 25 February 2018

Mark and Vinny play at top gig with National Folk Orchestra

Vinny Murphy and Mark Redmond
Vinny Murphy and Mark Redmond

Two Gorey musicians took part in the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra which performed in front of an audience of 2,000 people at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann recently.

Mark Redmond and Vinny Murphy are the only musicians from Co Wexford who are members of the National Folk Orchestra which has over 50 members of the best young traditional musicians picked from all over Ireland.

Uilleann piper Mark joined the orchestra in 2014, and Vinny, who plays the button accordion, joined in 2016.

'Legacy', a piece commissioned by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann for this year's Fleadh, was permiered at the Shannon Aerodrome in Ennis, Co Clare, in front of an audience which included members of the Oireachtas, An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, and the chargé d'affaires at the US Embassy in Ireland, Reece Smyth.

The piece traced the roots of the tradition where generations of Irish men and women nurtured music, song, language, and stories, to leave behind a vibrant living legacy of the Irish traditional arts.

Mark said there was a great response to the performance. 'The Tánaiste was welcomed on to the stage at the end to say a few words and spoke highly of the performance,' he said.

Excerpts of 'Legacy' can be seen on the National Folk Orchestra's Facebook page. Extracts are also expected to feature on a future RTÉ Fleadh programme.

Gorey Guardian

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