Munster Fleadh announces two headline concerts in July

THE Munster Fleadh Cheoil has announced details of two exciting concerts during the week that the Fleadh comes to Cork from the 18th to 23rd July next.

Glór Chorcaí, will take place on the Opening Night of the Fleadh, 18th July, in the Curtis Theatre in Cork School of Music and will feature the legendary box player, Jackie Daly and fiddle maestro Matt Cranitch.

A native of Kanturk, in the heart of Sliabh Luachra, Jackie Daly has been a member of some of the most iconic Irish traditional groups ever to grace a stage, including De Dannan, Patrick Street, Arkady and Buttons & Bows. He is one of the foremost living exponents of the music of Sliabh Luachra. His collaborative album with Seamus Creagh, ‘Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh, brought the tight unison playing of Slaibh Luachra to a wider audience. Other legendary musicians, such as Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn, Seamus Maguire and countless more have described Jackie’s playing as inspirational and unique.

Matt Cranitch is a founding member of the great Irish group Na Filí which included Tomás Ó Canainn and the whistle player Tom Barry. He has been involved in various other performing groups, including Any Old Time, as well as Sliabh Notes, who have recorded three albums: Sliabh Notes (1995), Gleanntán (1999) and Along Blackwater’s Banks (2002).

He has presented many master-classes and workshops on various aspects of Irish traditional music, particularly fiddle-playing. An authority on the Sliabh Luachra fiddle style, he was awarded a ‘Government of Ireland Senior Research Scholarship’ in 2002 for his work on the music of this region.

Jackie and Matt have played together for many years. In 2010 they released “The Living Stream” a recording of chiefly Slaibh Luachra music and released “Rolling On” in 2014.

They will be joined by another singing legend , Jimmy Crowley and Carrigaline native, Máirtín de Cógáin.

Jimmy has specialised in collecting and performing traditional songs from County Cork both in Irish and English. Johnny Jump Up, Salonika, Do you Want Your Old Lobby Washed down, The Armoured Car and the Boys of Fair Hill will forever be synonymous with the great Jimmy Crowley.

Mairtín de Cogáin is a singing , dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who is also a noted playwright and actor. Just back from the US where he now lives, Mairtín revels in performing in his native County to his “own”

On the 20th July the second concert, Masters of Munster, will take place in the same venue and will feature Buille, (Niall & Caoimhín Vallely, Brian Morrissey and Eoin Coughlan),

The Valley brothers, of course, are not natives of Munster. That being said both Niall and Caoimhín have now made Cork their home. Originally, the lads hail from County Armagh. Their father John B. Valley was a founder member of the Armagh Pipers club in 1966. Niall studied music in Cork and went on to found the irish mega group Nomos in 1990 and has composed and produced some of the most exciting traditional music to come out of Ireland for decades. Caoimhín also studied music in Cork and completed his masters in traditional Music in UL.

Brian Morrissey was born and grew up in Nenagh Co. Tipperary but studied music in UCC under Mel Mercer and now lives and works in Cork. He is a much sought after musician and has featured on nearly 30 albums with some of the world’s best traditional musicians, and also artistes from many other genres. He has performed with musical luminaries such as Béla Fleck, Donal Lunny, John Spillane, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, The Vallelys, Eoin Coughlan, Karan Casey, Kevin Crawford, Máirtín O’Connor and many more. Brian is a critically acclaimed percussionist, bodhrán, banjo and whistle player.

Born in Roscrea, Coughlan moved to Cork when he was eleven years old. Music was an integral part of family life and Eoin’s brother Ciaran is an acclaimed pianist with traditional outfit North Cregg. Eoin began playing guitar at thirteen.

In the summer of 1996, Eoin was invited to join as lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Nomos and just three months later embarked on a 6 week tour of the US.

Nomos were considered world musicians on the US tour circuit and gave performances at a myriad of festivals across the country, playing alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Billy Bragg, Nancy Griffiths and Baaba Mall.

In 2003, Coughlan became musician in residence for Limerick County and began tutoring in traditional Irish music and composition at UL. Along with performing on many recordings Eoin has also released several solo albums and has toured with Paddy Casey, Mundy, Gemma Hayes, Damien Dempsey, Juliet Turner and supported Gomez, Bryan Ferry and Ocean Colour Scene,

Renowned concertina player, Jack Talty is also a composer, producer, and educator from Lissycasey in county Clare. As a performer Jack has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and Asia, and has contributed to over 40 albums to date as a musician, producer, composer, arranger, and engineer. A regular contributor to traditional music programmes on television and radio, Jack has worked with musicians such as Tommy Peoples, Finbarr Dwyer, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, Tony Linnane, Sharon Shannon, Mairtín Ó Connor, Téada, Steve Cooney, Séamus Begley, Brendan Begley, Le Chéile, Bobby Gardiner, Jesse Smith, Colm Gannon, Alec Finn, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Geraldine Cotter, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra with conductor David Brophy, and Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra.

Corks box maestro Richard Lucey, from Inchegeela, singer Nell Ní Chróinín, Brian O’Leary, Karl Nesbitt, Joanne Quirke and Shane Creed complete this star-studded line-up. To top it all the concert will be compared by the incomparable Sean Ó Sé.

If you are a fan of Irish Traditional music you cannot afford to miss these extraordinary concerts. If you are simply a lover of music generally – give yourself a unique treat and snap up tickets for these concerts before they’re gone.

Both of these concerts are priced at just €15:00 per ticket.

In Cork parlance – that’s a steal!