This group brings together the dazzling talents of three of the country’s finest traditional musicians, drawing on an eclectic mix of the old and new where traditional tunes and songs meet each of their diverse influences and unique compositional voices for The White Horse Winter Festival taking place in Ballincollig on January 29.
Building on previous years this double bill forms part of an exciting lineup for 2017’s festival joining American musicians Dirk Powell and Sarah Jarosz, Cork musician Jack O’Rourke, Internationally renowned Mick Flannery and Indie-Rockers The Frank & Walters. Ballincollig’s White Horse will once again play host to much of the Winter Festival programme, including a festival club and lively discussion and workshops during the week. The White Horse has made its mark on the Irish live music circuit in the last few years with a wonderful live room and music-led ethos endearing itself to a host of renowned songwriters and artists.
The consummate button box player, Máirtín O’Connor was one of the driving forces behind Riverdance. Add to that his work with bands such as De Dannan, his reputation as a composer and solo artist, and recording sessions with Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Mark Knopfler, and it’s easy to see why O’Connor is regarded in the folk firmament as something of a national treasure.
Fiddle player Zoë Conway is an awesome talent equally at home playing and singing Latin jazz with Rodrigo y Gabriella, as a guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra or performing with Lou Reed and Nick Cave. However, traditional Irish music remains close to her heart, as witnessed in her highly-acclaimed solo albums.
Guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny needs no introduction, having made his name as a member of the hugely influential groups Planxty and The Bothy Band. Lunny has also worked with Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.
Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970’s (with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, “If the Cap Fits”). During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick Street. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer.
This double bill with Máirtín O’Connor, Zoë Conway, Dónal Lunny and Kevin Burke takes place in The White Horse, Ballincollig, January 29th
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