Musical Recital

Friday 9th August, 2024

The Weaving (Meabh Begley, Cáit Ní Rían & Owen Spafford)

The Weaving, featuring Méabh Begley on button accordion, Owen Spafford on fiddle, and Cáit Ní Riain on piano. Originating from Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Tipperary, and Yorkshire—representing their respective home regions—the trio draws inspiration from the musical traditions of the Gaeltacht in West Kerry, where they first connected. United by their passion for traditional music, they share tunes learned from family and friends in kitchens and pubs throughout Ireland and England. Their music reflects a unique blend of fierce dance rhythms and raw harmonies, rooted in a profound understanding of their musical heritage. Following their successful debut tour of Northern England last summer, The Weaving eagerly anticipates upcoming performances across Britain, Ireland, and France in 2023.

Martin Hayes, Brian Donnellan & Cormac McCarthy

Martin Hayes, Brian Donnellan, and Cormac McCarthy are integral members of the Common Ground Ensemble, a group known for their innovative approach to traditional Irish music. Martin Hayes, acclaimed for his soulful fiddling, brings depth and virtuosity to the ensemble. Brian Donnellan, a versatile multi-instrumentalist proficient in bouzouki, concertina, harmonium, and piano, adds a rich tapestry of textures and melodies to their sound. Cormac McCarthy, with his skillful piano accompaniment, provides a harmonious foundation that complements the group’s dynamic interplay. Together, they explore the boundaries of traditional music, infusing it with contemporary influences and creative arrangements. The Common Ground Ensemble showcases a deep appreciation for the heritage of Irish music while pushing the boundaries of innovation, captivating audiences with their unique sound and collaborative spirit.

7:30 pm
St. Mary’s Church

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