Ionad Dara to reel with Karan and co

Karan Casey will head up a talented line-up at the Folk Concert at Ionad Dara, Goresbridge on Saturday April 4.

Karan Casey will head up a talented line-up at the Folk Concert at Ionad Dara, Goresbridge on Saturday April 4.

Karan has been one of the most innovative and provocative voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned 25 years from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums.

Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released six solo albums, a duo album (with John Doyle), an album for children and numerous contributions to other artists’ projects – appearing on more than 50 albums in total. She has toured constantly throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing solo, with her own band and with many other diverse artists.

Recent years have seen Karan appearing with Folk legends James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, Mick Moloney and the Dubliners and Imelda May as well as performances with Solas, Lunasa, Tim O’Brien and Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson and collaborations with pianist/composer Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and with Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot’s.

Karan has just recorded a new album featuring guest appearances by singers Mick Flannery, Abigail Washburn and Aoife O’Donovan. This self-penned contemporary album is called “Two More Hours”.

Accompanying Karan on stage will be world-renowned Bass player Trevor Hutchinson and ace-guitarist Sean-Og Graham. Trevor, a founding member of the Band Lunasa, hails from Cookstown in County Tyrone. Trevor also played bass with the Waterboys from 1986 to 1991, recording Fisherman’s Blues (1988) and Room to Roam (1990), the latter featuring Sharon Shannon. Later he made three albums with the Sharon Shannon Band: 1991’s ‘Sharon Shannon’, 1994’s ‘Out the Gap’, and 1997’s ‘Each Little Thing’.

A much-in-demand musician, Trevor has also recorded with Moving Cloud, Altan’s Dermot Byrne, Eric Bibb, Máire Breathnach, and Eileen Ivers of Riverdance fame.

Also accompanying Karan will be Sean Og Graham from Co. Antrim, one of Ireland’s most dynamic young button accordion players. He has won All-Ireland titles and recently he has been accompanying Solas members Winifred Horan and Kilkenny’s Mick McAuley at their ‘Serenade’ concerts in Ireland and Europe.

Support will also be provided by extremely talented Kilkenny Musicians; Anthony Mc Auley and Paddy Cleere, two of the finest musicians in the country and are in constant demand both as performers and teachers. This promises to be one of the best Folk/Trad Concerts of 2014. It starts at 8.30 pm, Tickets are 20 euro and are available from Gerry Kavanagh (086) 0443152, Martha Kelly (086) 3479581, Mary Meaney (087) 2103011 and Ciara Murphy (086) 8675560.