Traditional Irish Music Night: Cáirde Cheoil

Friday 17th Dec 2021
  • Music

On December 17th 2021, the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre presents a night of Traditional Irish Music with four musical masters, Liam O’Connor (fiddle), Seán McKeon (uilleann pipes), John Blake (flute, guitar & piano) and Padraig O’Connor (box accordion). Cáirde Cheoil will be the first time these musicians have played together in over 2 years and promises to be a night to remember.

The event will take place in our Theatre space, with a live audience and will be live-streamed on our YouTube and Facebook channels in conjunction with the To Be Irish at Christmas programme.

Patrons please note:
All ticket holders must hold a valid Covid-19 vaccine certificate to attend on the night.

Tickets are extremely limited, and must be booked in advance.
We cannot accommodate walk-ups at this time.

Please note that this event will be live-streamed for remote audience. Your image may be used on our social media platforms as part of the live-streamed event.

We respectfully request that you read our Covid-19 information here.

Due to the extremely limited capacity of our indoor venue, we ask that anyone booking a ticket only do so if they are certain they will be able to attend the event.


Liam O’Connor

One of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin. His solo CD “The Loom” received 5 star reviews and was voted Trad Album of the Year 2017 by the Irish Times. In September 2018 he was nominated for the Best Folk Instrumentalist RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards. He is Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Seán McKeon

“His is a muscular, sculpted sound, characterised by notes chiselled out of thin air with laser-sharp precision and a rhythmic intensity that confidently underscores the shape of each tune. He pushes the boundaries of piping while reinforcing their position at the heart of the tradition.” The Irish Times

One of Ireland’s leading uilleann pipers, Seán grew up listening to music at home in Dublin with his parents Gay McKeon (uilleann pipes) and Mary Corcoran (fiddle and piano) being his earliest influences. He began playing the tin whistle at the age of 6 and within two years Sean progressed to the uilleann pipes receiving lessons from Seán Óg Potts. Seán was the youngest tutor ever at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy at the age of 14. By the age of 15 Seán had amassed a total of 5 Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann titles and before the age of 18 he had won the senior Oireactas solo competition.

John Blake

John Blake is a traditional Irish flute player, guitarist and pianist. An ex member of traditional group Teada, John has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians including, John Carty, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Flynn, Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters and James Kelly. Brought up in London, John was immersed in the vibrant Irish music scene at the time, and was tutored by famed teacher Brendan Mulkere.

Paudie O’Connor

Paudie O’Connor is an accordion player from Sliabh Luachra Kerry. His playing follows in the traditions of Sliabh Luachra, with his influences ranging from the bowing of Padraig O’Keeffe and Denis Murphy to the time spent in his youth playing with local box players Johnny O’Leary, Jimmy Doyle and John Brosnan. In 2005 he launched a landmark recording of Sliabh Luachra music entitled ‘Different State’ which featured in the best of 2005 lists of both The Irish Times and The Irish Echo. Paudie’s music also featured on the album The County Bounds, a 1999 Ossian records production featuring a compilation of music from the Cork-Kerry border including contributions from Johnny O’Leary, Jackie Daly and Peadar Ó’Riada.