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Clifden Arts Week, Co. Galway: Wind and Wire

20 September, 2015 12:00 am
20 September, 2015 11:00 pm
Clifden Arts Week

vall Fintan mclaugh dermot 96A concert of music, song and crack with an Ulster slant from two provincial exiles, Fintan Vallely (flute, vocal) and Dermot McLaughlin (fiddle). They played together often in the 1980s (last seen in Verona in 1996) and team up anew now with interim lives bursting with writing and promotion now safely behind them. Solo and ensemble, with old and new tunes, satire and commentary, they perform Ireland past and present on the eve of the centenary of the road to the Border that unites all islanders in flag-waving. Dermot is a native of Derry city, a renowned exponent of the Donegal fiddle who learned from masters such as Con Cassidy, James Byrne, Francie Mooney, Dinny McLaughlin, Vincent Campbell and Francie Dearg O Beirne, and who spent many years promoting the native strains with the Arts Council and other bodies. Fintan is from Co. Armagh, a flute player who has committed people, histories and events to print in many newspaper articles and in books such as Companion to Irish Traditional Music, as well as playing away his youth with such magnificent musicians as John Loughran and the Comacs of Tyrone, and Peter Horan and Gregory Daly further west. He and Dermot have been around the world with their music, and this concert settles them in an wonderful amalgam of regional and personal styles and slants that draws on more than a century of combined experiences among and away from the divilmacare pre-revivalists of the Traditional music revival.  See programme for details.

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