Lunchtime performance with Maggie Maguire (Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh, fiddle), Eamonn Curran (Monaghan, pipes), music set in the context of border and revival. Solos, ensemble and commentary.
Éamonn Curran began playing whistle at the age of eight, taught by his father, Ned, a flute- and fiddle-player from Co. Fermanagh who had a deep knowledge of Traditional music, its society and contexts. Éamonn first heard pipes played by Brian Vallely who had started the Armagh Pipers’ Club in the 1960s, and, smitten by them, he took them up and became the APC’s first uilleann pipe pupil. His playing developed at sessions with the APC, as well as with his father in Fermanagh – hearing such as flute player Cathal Mc Connell, fiddler Mick Hoy,Tommy Bheiti Maguire and visiting musicians like Leitrim flute-player Packie Duignan. Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples was a regular visitor to the family home, and at the regular session in Monaghan town Eamonn also heard musicians from neighbouring counties – such as fiddle-players Brendan Mc Glinchey (Armagh) and John Loughran (Tyrone) as well as local musicians from Scotstown, Emyvale and Tyholland. Eamonn’s piping at this time was influenced by Willie Clancy who he heard often at APC concerts, and his reed-making skills were learned from Sean Seery at the early Na Píobairí Uilleann tionól at Bettystown, Co. Meath. In 1976 while working at building in London he played in the Irish pubs such as The White Hart (Fulham), The Mother Redcap, The Black Lion and The Holloway, went on to play professionally, touring and recording in Europe, Britain the United States and Canada with such as The Reel Union and Dolores Keane. Eamonn plays much of his father’s music and currently he both teaches pipes with Armagh Pipers Club and makes uilleann pipes, many of which instruments are played by the APC musicians.
Maggie Maguire is a fiddle player and teacher from Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh. From a stylistically-reputed family of musicians, she achieved various All-Ireland awards, and has appeared on television and radio programmes including TG4’s Geantraí and BBC’s Blas Ceoil. She studied music to degree and Masters Level at the University of Ulster, Derry City (UU). Leader of the 2014 All-Ireland-winning Knockmore Céilí Band, she has broadcast with them in thet 2015 TG4 series Stáir na mBannaí. She has been involved also in festivals and other events including UU’s Trad on Campus (2009-2011), North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo – Derry/Donegal 2012), The International Council for Traditional Music (Derry 2011), and Celtic Colours (Cape Breton, Canada, 2010 & 2015). She has performed with artistes including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, and Liz Doherty and Fiddlesticks. She has played in Ireland and abroad with CCÉ’s Tour across Ireland, in Britain and America, and at festivals including including Ar Áis Arís (Co. Donegal), Tonder (Denmark), Dolans’ (Co. Limerick), Celtic Colours (Canada) and Celtic Connections (Scotland). She is presently Riarathóir with responsibility for music development at CCÉ’s Dún Uladh at Omagh, Co. Tyrone.