Music lovers in Kilkenny are in for a treat on Saturday, January 26 when some of the crème de la crème of national and local musicians get together for the annual traditional music concert at Cleere’s of Parliament Street, Kilkenny.
Uilleann piper Mick O’Brien from Dublin is one of the fore-most traditional musicians playing any instrument over the last thirty years in Ireland, the five CDs he has released are all regarded as calssics of traditional music. Harry Bradley from Belfast is one of the finest exponents of the flute in the country as well as being a very fine whistle and pipe player.
Michelle O’Brien from Clare was the star pupil of fiddle legend Tommy Peoples and has been delighting audiences recently with a highly successful tour she has done with harpist Laoise Kelly. Tony Byrne (Dublin) is one of the most sought after guitarists in the country, as is his travelling companion Leonard Barry (Kerry) on the uilleann pipes.
Singer Nell Ni Chroinin (West Cork) is recognised far and wide as one of the best sean os singers in the country while local man Liam Moore will give a more contemporary twist to events. He will be joined by local star guitarist Colm O’Cuiv.
No local traditional music event would be complete without the services of Anthony Mac Auley from that great Callan musical family or banjo legend from Tullaroan, Paddy Cleere. And local balladeer and bodhran player Tommy Lannigan should add great rhythm and no small amount of fun. The line up is completed by two well known local pipers, Mick Foley and John Touhy.
Patrons are advised to get their tickets early as this concert has been a sell out for the last five years now. And why not, with many of the best musicians in the country playing, for a small admission price of E10. All proceeds for this concert go to a worthy local cause too; the Kilkenny Uilleann Pipers Club, a
group dedicated to the preservation and spread of the ancient art in Kilkenny and environs. Doors open at 8pm and the concnert starts at 8.30pm.