Shane McAleer (Ex Dervish) & Arty McGlynn


22 February 2014
9:00 PM
Ceoláras Coleman Centre
Meitheal an Íarthar/Ceoláras Coleman/Regional Resource Centre
John McGettrick
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Shane McAleer (Ex Dervish) & Arty McGlynn

Shane Mc Aleer began his professional career shortly after winning the All-Ireland fiddle title at the Fleadh in Sligo in 1990. He became the newest member of Sligo traditional band ‘Dervish’. At that time the band was just beginning to make a name for itself on the Irish folk scene, with singer Cathy Jordan also a recent recruit. The band released the album ‘Harmony Hill’ in 1991 and the response was immediate. The album was a hit with critics and audiences alike who loved the fresh, raw sound and intricate arrangements of songs. A busy touring schedule followed and the band’s reputation soared following the release of ‘Playing With Fire’ in 1993. Throughout these years Shane Mc Aleer was at the forefront of the band, contributing to their rapid rise to fame, as one of the fieriest fiddlers on the traditional scene. The evidence of this can be heard on his last recording with the band ‘Live in Palma’ recorded in the National Theatre in Palma de Mallorca in front of a captive 3000 full sell-out audience, where he drives the music with force. The album is considered a classic and has won many accolades including a Hot-Press award for best Folk/Trad album. Shane eventually parted company with Dervish in 1997 after the busy touring schedule had begun to take its’ toll. After stints with various bands including ‘Stockton’s Wing’ and playing and teaching in his native Omagh for several years, Shane moved to Belfast in 2008 where he has become one of the main attractions in an increasingly vibrant trad/folk scene. In 2012 Shane released his debut solo recording and ‘Long Time, No See’. Featuring tasteful arrangements of traditional tunes wonderfully accompanied by Eamon Mc Elholm on guitar, keyboards and cello, Eamon Murray on bodhrán and Ryan O’Donnell on bouzouki as well as a couple of Shane’s own compositions, it is set to become a classic of the genre.

Arty McGlynn is without question the finest guitar player in Ireland with a unique understanding of music he performs. Born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, his family was steeped in traditional music. After years of touring professionally in the jazz genre, in 1979 Arty revived his interest in Irish traditional music and recorded his first solo album, McGlynn’s Fancy. This was the first recording where the guitar is played in an authentic traditional style, and as such has been hailed as a classic in the traditional music world. He subsequently became one of the most sought after musicians in the country, playing and recording with Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn and the Chieftains. He also played as a member of Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and the Van Morrison Band.Arty is equally in demand as a live performer, recording artist and producer. The album Barking Mad by Four Men & A Dog, which Arty produced, was voted Folk Album of the Year by Folk Roots magazine. Other production credits include Christy Hennessy’s The Rehearsal, an album that remained in the Irish charts continuously for eighteen months. He collaborated with Frances Black on her first two albums, Talk to Me and The Sky Road, both of which topped the charts in Ireland. Arty is accompanying Shane Mc Aleer

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