Tradition Now: Paddy Keenan With Cyril O'Donoghue, Colleen Shanks, Eamonn De Barra

Tradition Now: Paddy Keenan With Cyril O'Donoghue, Colleen Shanks, Eamonn De Barra

Thursday, 27 October 2022, 8.30pm

Uilleann piper Paddy Keenan first gained fame as a founding member of The Bothy Band. Since that group’s dissolution in the late 1970s, Keenan has released a number of solo and collaborative recordings, and continues to tour both as a soloist, and with a range of other artists. Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran; both Paddy's father and grandfather played in the same style. Although often compared to Doran, Paddy was 19 or 20 when he first heard a tape of Doran's playing; his own style is a direct result of his father's tutelage and influence.

Colleen Shanks is an uilleann piper and flute player currently based in Co. Clare, she attended the University of Limerick's Irish World Academy, where she earned a master's degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Clare based bouzouki player Cyril O’Donoghue has recorded and toured with some of Ireland’s leading traditional bands and musicians over a 35-year career. He is a founding member of the now world-famous Piping Heaven Piping Hell in Ennis Co Clare with Michael ‘Blackie’ O’Connell, both are members of the band Dubhlinn. Éamonn de Barra began to play music at a young age under the instruction of his uncle Seán Ó Tuama. Éamonn has recorded with or collaborated with Slide, Damien Dempsey, Moya Brennan, John Reynolds, Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor and many more...

​​​​Tradition Now explores innovation in traditional music today. This Autumn’s edition celebrates the voice from sean-nós to folk from the North East of England as well as instrumental innovations from Ireland to Brittany.

Presented by NCH in partnership with the Arts Council

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