Remembering Peter Horan


27 September 2014
8:00 PM
Ceoláras Coleman
Meitheal an Íarthar/Ceoláras Coleman/Regional Resource Centre
John McGettrick
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Remembering Peter Horan

It is undoubtedly true to say that the best known traditional musician from South Sligo in recent times was Peter Horan. He first came to prominence as the duet partner of Fred Finn, a duet still spoken of as one of the most outstanding ever to have played. After Fred’s death in 1986, Peter continued as a solo, session and indeed duet performer. Musicians and admirers from all over the world came to visit, listen and play with Peter. He also travelled widely and later made two CD recordings with Kerry fiddle player, Gerry Harrington. Saturday, September 27th is then a special date in the event calendar of Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, for this is the night that a special musical tribute concert to Peter will be presented. The concert will feature musicians well-known to Peter as well as members of the Horan and Finn families. A special guest on the night will be Peter’s nephew, Padraig Brennan, who will travel from New York to perform in the concert alongside the well-known band Shebeen. The band members include Kevin O’Brien on accordion, Tommy Guihan on flute, Pat Sweeney on fiddle, Kevin Brehony on piano and singer Peggy McHale. Other members of the Horan family participating are sisters Evelyn, Majella and Una, nieces of Peter, who will be accompanied by Fr. James McDonagh. Also taking part will be Peter’s daughter Geraldine and his nephew Frank. Lifelong friend and regular musical partner of Peter’s, flute player Patsy Hanly will also be there as well as Peter’s duet partner from his later recordings, fiddle player Gerry Harrington. Another hugely important individual in the Peter Horan story, Fred Finn, with whom Peter will be forever associated, will be represented by singer and guitarist, Thomas Henry, Fred’s nephew. Thomas will be joined by Oliver Killoran, also on guitar and vocals. It is important to recognise the contribution of people such as Peter, and the Coleman Centre intends to establish an annual event which will do so in a more substantial way in the future. The proceeds of this event will go towards North West Hospice.

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