Cavan Seisiún Launch

Concerts, Festivals, Sessions, Dancing

Date
1 July 2009
Time
9:00 PM
Location
Farnham Arms Hotel
Location
Cavan Town
Town
Cavan Town
Contact
Martin Donohoe
Phone
086 234 2270
Email
Web
View Cavan Seisiún Launch Website
Cavan Seisiún Launch

Wednesday, July 1st sees the Launch of the Cavan 2009 Comhaltas Summer Seisiún Show.
Seisiún will be launched by Cavan’s own Darren Maloney (Banjo player /Composer) who returns from the United States of America and Gussy Moyles, County Chairman, Cavan CCÉ.
Launch will take place in Farnham Arms Hotel Cavan at 9pm.

Performance From Banjo King Darren Maloney on Banjo, Comhaltas Cavan Town Branch Youth Musicians, Aoife Murray, Fintan & Pat Mc Manus, Trevor Bones Bury, J P Houlihan, Vincent Craig, Cavan Set Dancers, Seamus Fay, Mickey Mc Donnell, Co Cavan Comhaltas Musicians and MC Martin Donohoe.

Comhaltas Seisiún Show is hosted every Summer on the Wednesday nights of July and August The show starts at 9pm With a cast of over 30 artists of all ages, and a non-stop performance of wild Cavan music, song and dance. Tea, coffee and locally-made treats can be got in the Hotel before the show, and the Percy Bar remains open during the music Sesssion - all are welcome to sing, play or dance.
A memorable night and a genuine Cavan welcome to All.

Craobh Cavan CCE is dedicated to the promotion of Irish traditional music, song and dance. To achieve our aims, we organise regular sessions, trips and committee meetings.
If you like Irish Music, e-mail us for more information at Who knows, you might even decide to join us! New members are always welcome to join us, membership for 2008/2009 has now closed but we will be accepting membership again in October 2009. Contact Branch Chairman, Martin Donohoe (Tel: 086 234 2270)

About Darren

Darren Maloney is regarded by critics and peers alike as one of the most outstanding musicians to emerge in Irish music in recent times. Now based in New York City, Darren has been busy forging a career for himself since he moved from Cavan in February 2006. Darren has signed with Island Heart Artist Management based in Chicago and New York, which has seen him touring not just in the US but Europe also.
In 2004 Darren recorded a solo album, not a spur-of-the-moment decision but one that had been planned for some time. That album ‘who?’ has received world-wide acclaim and marked Darren as a future star. “I’m glad I did that CD, the time was right, it’s a great photograph of where I was at the time…I’d do it differently now, but I’m so proud of it, it’s been a great calling card for me”

“The evidence is clear, unquestionable and resounding – this really is one of the best albums of the year and sets a benchmark for not just future banjo albums, but future independent releases”, wrote Geoff Wallis for Roots Magazine about that debut CD.

Darren Maloney is regarded by critics and peers alike as one of the most outstanding musicians to emerge in Irish music.

“Darren’s abilities as an Irish tenor banjoist are truly remarkable’, says Dr. Mick Moloney, Global Distinguished Professor resident at NYU.

In 2005 Darren became the first Irish banjo player to be endorsed by the prestigious Deering Banjo Company, based in California. He joined musicians such as Béla Fleck, Rod Stewart and Garth Brooks as an ambassador for their instruments. “Finding consummate musicians to represent our banjos is not always an easy task. Darren Maloney falls into a level of musicianship that has a limited membership. His technical expertise is beyond compare”, said Carolina Bridges, Marketing Manager at Deering Banjos. In March this year that relationship was extended further when Deering decided to include a copy of ‘who?’ with every tenor banjo they export world-wide.

“Finding consummate musicians to represent our banjos is not always an easy task. Darren Maloney falls into a level of musicianship that has a limited membership. His technical expertise is beyond compare”, says Carolina Bridges, Marketing Manager at Deering Banjos.

In May 2006 Darren was selected for a world-class string workshop at Carnegie Hall led by stellar tutors, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Jerry Douglas — each worshipped in their various fields of acoustic music. The tutors hand-picked the participants from 150 entries sent from 32 countries. The workshop culminated in a performance on the most famous of musical stages — Carnegie Hall. “It was an unbelievable experience, one I will never forget, I smile every time I pass Carnegie Hall even now” said Darren After that performance Darren started attending Michael Daves, a renowned guitar teacher and performer who lit up Longford Banjo Festival as part of the Tony Triscka Band. “I needed to get more adept at soloing over chord changes, something not that common in Irish Music. It was strange taking lessons again after 20 years, but it opened my eyes to a new way of looking at music, composition and improvisation”

At the moment, Darren is working on material for two albums to be released in 2010. The first will see him revisiting music from his years growing up in County Cavan, Ireland. The second album will be almost entirely self-penned. Darren is also now the fifth member of the USA trad/Rock band The Prodigals which is fronted by Belturbet Box player Gregory Grene .

Check Darren playing on the free internet show which was recorded in Cavan on 8th December 2003, Darren Moloney plays three reels on banjo: “The Broken Pledge”, “The Whistler of Rosslea” (by Ed Reavy) and “The Piper’s Despair”. He is joined by John McCartan from Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim on guitar and Danny Mc Govern from Rostrevor, Co. Down on bodhrán. Click here to see Comhaltaslive clip

Darren will then travel to the Meitheal Comhaltas Residential Summer School from July 13th in Limerick City where he is booked as a tutor for the week. www.tradweek.com

See More on Darren

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