Wednesday 13 December 2017

Special performance in Cathedral by candlelight

SLIGO Cathedral was the venue for a rather special performance on Saturday night as part of the Fleadh.

Hundreds gathered to hear a once-off duet from the cathedral organist and one of the world's foremost Uileann pipers.

Leitrim piper Padraig McGovern teamed up with organist Charles O'Connor for an intimate recital by candlelight. The unusual combination of instruments blended together in a beautiful harmony.

Piper Padraig joked: "I feel a bit like ET returning home to the mother ship."

The pair played for about an hour - and afterwards received a well deserved standing ovation.

The mix included a recital of traditional tunes and O'Carolan pieces in the magnificent candlelit surroundings of Sligo Cathedral.

Padraig McGovern has toured extensively with CCÉ and performed with many household names such as Téada, Dervish, Lúnasa, Dave Sheridan and many more. He spends most of his spare time teaching Uilleann Pipes and researching old tunes.

Sligo native Charles O'Connor has a background in both traditional and classical music.

Charles was All-Ireland champion on both piano and piano accordion and is pianist with the Innisfree Céilí Band.

Charles has given organ recitals at Christ Church Cathedral and even played during choral vespers at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.

He has been organist and director of music at Sligo Cathedral for the past 13 years.

But on Saturday night those present got to hear him play like never before.

It was certainly a highlight of the festival - offering fleadh goers a little something different and some time out from the packed pubs and streets.

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