April 22nd, 3.00pm, St. Patrick's Church
An afternoon of music in the beautiful setting of St. Patrick's Church
The Afternoon Recital was introduced into the programme in 2016 to allow students the opportunity to see their very talented festival tutors perform in a concert setting. It proved to be a firm favourite not only with the students but also with the general public - supberb music in a stunning setting. This year we will have Paul de Grae on Guitar with Reidun Sclesinger on harp, Richard Lucey on accordion with Diarmuid O'Brien on fiddle and Dessie Kelleher on banjo with Brian O'Loughlin on flute and Hugh Healy on concertina.
Amala is a newly-formed duo: Reidun Schlesinger (harps) and Paul de Grae (guitars), who play music from several centuries, in original arrangements. The core of their repertoire is Irish: traditional Irish tunes, and music from the Irish harp repertoire; they also play tunes from various continental European countries, Renaissance and early classical pieces, some jazz, and their own (rather jazz-tinged) compositions.
Reidun is originally from Belgium and has lived in Kerry (south-west Ireland) since 2008; she has considerable experience of playing solo and in bands in Belgium, Germany and France, and recorded three CDs with the Belgian band Amorroma.
From Dublin, but now also based in Kerry, Paul has played and recorded with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O’Connor, and the trio Smoky Chimney, among others. In 1989 he published “Traditional Irish Guitar”, the first such tutor book; and he has written for The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, An Píobaire and other publications.
Richard Lucey & Diarmuid O'Brien
Richard Lucey, from Inchegeela, in West Cork is regarded as one of the Ireland's leading accordion players. He has a style of box playing that is true to the tradition – he is indeed a master of the instrument. He teaches at traditional music festivals and has performed with many bands – such as Altan and North Cregg. He has toured with Fiona Kelleher on the Music Network ‘Sullane Sessions’. He also plays regularly with the Ger Wolfe Quartet, along with Paul Frost, Edel O Sullivan and Ger Wolfe. He plays with Jon Saunders and also with Jim Murray at different festival and events.
West Limerick fiddler Diarmuid O'Brien is described by Irish Music Review as "one of those fiddlers you’d like to wrap up in cotton wool and on whom a preservation order should be placed." Of the Sliabh Luachra tradition, he is well renowned as on of Ireland's finest fiddle players and has toured extensively with various groups performing in countries throughout the world. Diarmuid's first album 'Cairde Cairdin' met with critical acclaim when it was released in 2007 and reached the top 10 albums that year.
Dessie Kelliher, Brian O'Loughlin & Hugh Healy
Dessie Kelliher was born in Castlegregory Co. Kerry and comes from a family steeped in traditional music and song. Describe as an 'ace' banjo player, Dessie began to play at the age of 11 and when he turned 17 he began touring with the band Sessions from the Hearth. He recorded his highly successful album "Banjoed" at the age of 19, and it featured some big names in the traditional music scene, most notably Michael McGoldrick. In 2015 he released an album entitled 'Well for Some' with Tom Delaney and Brian O'Loughin.
Brian was born and raised in the village of Corofin in North Clare, an area well known for its set dancing and rhythmic style of music. He is also a member of the Shandrum Céilí Band, who were the All-Ireland Senior Céili Band winners in 2015.
Hugh Healy is a concertina player from Corofin Co. Clare. He has featured in two recordings. The first recording was with his brother Colm on the accordion and it is called "Macalla na hOige". The second recording "We were drinking and kissing the ladies" was with Blackie O Connell on the pipes. Both recordings display a north Clare style of music with a lively upbeat dancing music heavily influenced from Kilfenora and Doolin.