Séamus Begley & Tim Edey in Concert

Concerts, Festivals

10 May 2008
8:30 PM
Ballyduff/Ballinvella/Ballysaggart Comhaltas
Ballyduff Upper
Co. Waterford
Séamus Begley & Tim Edey in Concert

Seamus Begley and Tim Edey to perform in concert at Waterford Fleadh Cheoil in Ballyduff

As preparations for Waterford County Fleadh Cheoil get underway in Ballyduff Upper, the organising committee have great pleasure in announcing that trad stars Seamus Begley and Tim Edey will perform in concert during the Fleadh weekend. Following the success of last year’s concert by Sean Keane and his band, this year’s concert promises to be just as entertaining, as Ballyduff Comhaltas branch manage again to book the big names.

Trad superstar and button accordionist Seamus Begley comes from the Gaeltacht area of Dingle, in Co. Kerry. Initially best known for his work with the Australian guitarist Steve Cooney, Seamus is the quintessential Irish musician, an eager storyteller famed for his sharp wit and for pumping out tune after tune at all-night sessions. He plays with an energy that is alarming, belting out jigs, slides and polkas with rapid sprays of ornamentation before making a sudden key change into a bitter-sweet air, sung or played on the accordion. In short, he is the finest exponent of West Kerry dance music.

Begley will be partnered by the talented Tim Edey, who is regarded by many as one of the finest melodeon and guitar players in the celtic music scene worldwide. From Broadstairs in Kent, he currently plays with The Tim Edey band featuring Brendan Power and Lucy Randall, Session A9 and often plays with Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly, Danish based Irish band “Trad Lads” and dance group “Green Steps” as well of course with Seamus Begley.

A master of more than 10 instruments, Edey’s mixture of dazzling technical ability, soulful feel, musical charisma and amazing improvisations have made Tim much sought after as a session player both in the studio and on stage. His biggest influences have been Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Seamus Begley, and Steve Cooney, each of whom he has worked with through the years. From an early age too, he was familiar with the music of Django Reinhart and Stephane Grapelli, so the deep vein of jazz running through his music and his love of improvisation comes as no real surprise.

This duo will perform in concert on the Saturday night 10th May, commencing at 8.30pm, in St. Michael’s Hall, Ballyduff Upper. Admission is €15, and you can ring 058-60330 for booking details. You will see the programme of events for Waterford County Fleadh Cheoil by going on www.comhaltas.ie and clicking on events.

Grant Assisted by Waterford County Council’s Arts Grants Scheme 2008 Le cabhair ó Scéim Deontais Ealaíon Chomhairle Chontae Phort Láirge 2008

Go n-eirí le Fleadh Cheoil na nDéise

You can contact the County Arts Office on 058/41416 Email: www.waterfordcoco.ie

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