Ye Vagabonds With Cormac Begley

Ye Vagabonds With Cormac Begley

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Saturday, 19 September 2020, 7.45pm

Triple RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards winners Ye Vagabonds in a new collaboration with renowned concertina player Cormac Begley.

Tickets on sale Tuesday 1 September at 10am. There will be two performances, the first at 7.45pm, the second at 9.30pm.

Ye Vagabonds brothers – Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn – are fast earning a ticket on the legend bus. With trademark close harmony singing, lean and tasty accompaniment and the rare ability to tell a good story in song, it’s little surprise that they became triple RTÉ Radio 1 Folk awardees last year. In September they take to the road in a new Music Network collaboration with the superb West-Kerry concertina player Cormac Begley. No stranger to musical acclaim himself, Cormac’s spectacular debut solo album received nine 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for The Irish Times Album of the Year 2018. Weaving seamlessly between traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, this spellbinding trio will remind us just how precious live music is.

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.

In 2014 they came to the attention of Arbutus Yarns’ music filmmaker Myles O’Reilly, whose videos gained international attention for the brothers for the first time.

After a chance meeting at Electric Picnic in September 2015, the brothers performed onstage with Glen Hansard, who invited them to open for him on his European tour the following October.

Their debut EP Rose & Briar was released on October 7th 2015.

Since then, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan (whose band they played in for her Irish tour, June 2016). They have played sold out headline shows in Ireland, France, Switzerland and the UK.

They have made numerous television and live radio appearances in Ireland, and were also part of ‘Imagining Home’, a live broadcast concert in the National Concert Hall of Ireland, 2016, curated by Glen Hansard, Philip King and Gary Sheehan.

In October 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. Ye Vagabonds comprises harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. It includes ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium.

Their second album The Hare’s Lament was released on 22 March 2019 to huge critical acclaim. In 2019 they won the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and they swept the boards at the RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards where they won Best Traditional Track, Best Group, and Best Album.

Cormac Begley is a solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He also plays in a range of collaborations with Liam O Connor (fiddle), Rushad Eggleston (cello goblin), Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer and multi-instrumentalist) and Lisa O’Neil (singer songwriter). He is the founder of the Airt Residential School and the award winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway and Dublin. He was nominated for the RTE Radio 1 ‘Folk Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2018 and 2019 and his debut solo has received nine 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for The Irish Times Album of the Year 2018.

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