Lispole and Texas join forces to make Safe Home

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Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan in their Courthouse bar in Dingle where they launched their CD ‘Safe Home’ on Sunday
Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan in their Courthouse bar in Dingle where they launched their CD ‘Safe Home’ on Sunday

Declan Malone & Joan Maguire

The first duet recording from Tommy and Saundra O'Sullivan was launched in the couple's Courthouse Bar on Sunday.

The CD, entitled Safe Home, is a blend of traditional Irish music and American folk, combining the traditions of Tommy from Lispole and Saundra from Texas. This is the first recording made by the duo and includes old favourites such as the Galway Shawl, Lord Franklin and Peigi Gordon. Tommy's musical past is evident with contributions from many fine musicians including Mairtín Ó Connor and his former companions from Sliabh Notes, Donal Murphy and Matt Crantich.

Saundra and Tommy met when Tommy played in Texas, Saundra's home state. In 2011, they opened the Courthouse Pub, which has gained a reputation as a world class traditional Irish music venue.

In 2015, National Geographic cited the Courthouse Pub as the 'go to' pub for traditional Irish music on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Kerryman

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