Traditional Irish Music Night with trio Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, Dónal Clancy & Paddy Tutty
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail is a multi-instrumentalist who comes from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. He started to learn the tin-whistle and uilleann pipes at an early age and is mostly self-taught on flute, guitar & bouzouki. He is greatly influenced by the many great traditional musicians and singers from his home area, as well as numerous others he has met all over the country and abroad. Archival recordings have also been a huge influence. Caoimhín was recently awarded Best Folk Instrumentalist in the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards. Read more about Caoimhín
He has featured on a number of albums, as accompanist quite often, including on Caitlín Nic Gabhann’s album ‘Caitlín’, and Edel Fox and Neill Byrne’s ‘The Sunny Banks’. In 2013, he recorded an album ‘Lá ag Ól Uisce’ with his brother Seán and Tomás Ó Gealbháin, and is featured playing pipes solo on ‘The Rolling Wave’, a compilation album issued by Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU). In 2018, he recorded an album called ‘Flute & Fiddle’ with fiddler Paddy Tutty from nearby Dungarvan. His latest album is a solo pipes album simply called ‘Uilleann Piping from County Waterford’ which is part of NPU’s ‘Ace & Deuce of Piping’ series.
A frequent teacher and performer, he has taught and performed solo and with groups all over Ireland, the US, the UK, Europe, Newfoundland and New Zealand.
“Supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.”
Dónal Clancy is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists. He is the son of the world renowned singer Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and since the death of his father, Dónal has focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with his solo performances.
Dónal grew up in a household and community steeped in music. He spent his early childhood in Canada and the US before his family settled back in An Rinn, Co. Waterford in 1983. His father gave him his first guitar at the age of eight and he was playing professionally by his early teens. A founder member of the group Danú,Read more about Dónal
In 2006 he released his first solo guitar album Close To Home which The Boston Globe dubbed “a sweet masterpiece of melodic grace and riveting groove”. In 2009 Dónal returned to live in Ireland with his wife Mary and their three children and in 2014, to much critical acclaim, he released Songs of a Roving Blade. The Irish Post awarded the album 5* calling it “folk singing at its best” and “a smashing album that should help to ensure these songs will never be lost”
Dónal’s latest album On the Lonesome Plain features a mix of seven vocal tracks and six guitar instrumentals, including two of his own compositions A Strike for Victory commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and an instrumental piece entitled Máirseáil na Conrach, preceded by The Green Fields of Canada, this is a particular highlight and showcases Donal’s fingerstyle playing to great effect. Other standout tracks are Open the Door Softly from the pen of Scottish Folk legend Archie Fisher and the classic ballad Reynardine. “Most of this recording happened serendipitously in the Spring of 2015, while experimenting with various microphones and guitars.
Paddy Tutty was born in 1981 and comes from Dungarvan, in west Waterford. Paddy’s musical start in life was a little later than most to say the least, as he didn’t actually start playing until he was seventeen. Coming from a musical family, Paddy remembers his grandfather, the late Tommy Norris playing the fiddle when he was growing up, along with constant Irish music being played on the radio at home. This was certainly a massive inspiration to him from an early age, however Paddy was never pushed into music and thankfully this seemed to make him work even harder when he finally did start.
Paddy is self-taught on bodhrán, fiddle, banjo and upright double bass.Read more about Paddy
Paddy is a founding member of the group Caladh Nua. With four acclaimed albums to-date, the group formed back in 2009 with their debut album ‘Happy Days’. This was followed-up by ‘Next Stop’ (2011), ‘Honest to Goodness’ (2014) and ‘Free and Easy’ in 2016.
Caladh Nua have toured professionally for over ten years and have performed all over Europe, China, the US and India and have made many great contacts in doing so along the way.
As well as having a musical family background, Paddy was also very fortunate that there was a high standard of carpentry skills going back through the generations of his family. For his Leaving Cert woodwork project he made his first fiddle which would ultimately steer him in a direction that was both difficult but very rewarding. He has made many violins since and has come a long way in the trade to a point where he now has his own successful business and has an instrument making website – www.paddytuttyinstruments.com
Between Caladh Nua and with various other groups, Paddy has played in the UK, the US, Newfoundland, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria and New Zealand.
The band has been fortunate to share stages with great bands such as Danú, Dervish, Beoga and the Chieftains. Paddy is delighted to be able to bring his music and the tradition to audiences worldwide.
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