Winter Concert Series

Classes, Concerts

10 November 2007
7:00 PM
Brú na Sí is situated at the top of Cork Hill near the GAA club in Youghal.
Brú na Sí
Micheál / Daithí
00 353 87 793 4504 / 00 353 87 641 9081
Tommie Cunniffe
Button Accordion
Winter Concert Series

Ongoing winter workshop and concert series featuring guest artists and local musicians, supported by Meitheal. This month featuring button accordion player, Tommie Cunniffe.

Tommie Cunniffe recently performed a number of events at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. County Roscommon native Tommie Cunniffe is a button accordion player and avid composer of Irish traditional music. While growing up between the towns of Ballinasloe and Athlone on the Roscommon/Galway border, Tommie spent 6 years with an Athlone based music ensemble which toured in Ireland, France, Denmark, Belgium and Holland. He was one of the founding members of the traditional Irish music group Taltarella who also performed across Ireland and Europe. In 1998, Talterella released the EP Six Reels of Joy, consisting entirely of music composed by Tommie. Tommie’s own tunes are inventive and they reflect his singular style of accordion playing.

Tommie moved to Cork City in 2000, and has spent much time playing the session scene there with various Cork based musicians such as Johnny Neville, Gerry McKee, Terry McKee and Karl Nesbitt. It was in Cork that Tommie met guitarist Brian Miller from Minnesota, US and percussionist Brian Morrisey from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, both of whom accompany him on his full length solo album. This brand new CD, Unbuttoned, features many of Tommie’s own compositions along with a number of traditional tunes. Tommie firmly established himself as one of the country’s leading accordion players with his debut album unbuttoned. Siobhán Long of the Irish Times stated

“If the only measure of a box player is his contribution to the traditional canon, then Tommie Cunniffe’s solo debut will earn him pole position in the traditional music firmament…Cunniffe’s distinctive driving, rhythmic style promises a hellraiser on the live front.”

Craobh Eochaill CCÉ, with the support of the Meitheal initiative, recently launched a new winter concert series at their purpose built Teach Cheoil, Brú na Sí.

Ceolta Sí, the performing unit of Craobh Eochaill CCÉ and the resident performers at Brú na Sí, succesfully completed an intensive summer season when they performed three nights each week to full and enthusiastic audiences. The younger musicians of the Youghal branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann who are involved in the Lár na Cruinne group also performed at Brú na Sí through the summer and are currently preparing for a trip to their sister group, Craobh Amergin na Gael, in Wales.

The Brú na Sí Winter Concert series will run in tandem with a workshop programme allowing young musicians in east Cork access to training with the best musicians in the country. The programme is being run with the support of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann under the Meitheal initiative and is part of the forward thinking of the local branch. The workshops are a vital element in the development of provisions for music education in east Cork. Students will receive valuable training in specific instruments and performance skills.

The workshop and concert series will continue in December with fiddle player Geraldine O’Callaghan, a member of the Allow Céilí Band - the first Cork band to win the Senior All-Ireland Céilí Band title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Other artists who will feature in the coming months include Aoife Granville who recently released her debut album Sráid Eoin Shuffle and Christy Leahy of the band North Cregg whose fourth album The Roseland Barndance was also recently released. For more information contact Daithí Kearney. Tel. (087) 641 9081 or email: .

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