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Harp of Tara Irish Music Series

House Concerts/Workshops
202 Main Street, Barriefield. The Rambling House

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2015 Irish Music Series

  • Four Winds - Workshops and Concert (Caroline Keane: Concertina; Daoiri Farrell: Bouzouki and Vocals; Tom Delany: Uilleann pipes and whistles Robbie Walsh: Bodhran and Percussions) August 12
  • David Powers September 2015
  • Blackie O’Connell and Cyril O’Donaghue October 2015
  • Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff - Fiddle and Flute Immersion Weekend Spring, 2016

Four Winds

Concert - August xxtba. 8:00 p.m.
Workshops:, Bodhran, Concertina, Pipes and Strings

Deeply rooted in the tradition, they produce an exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics which present Irish trad music in a modern and creative context.

Four Winds is an Irish traditional music band that got together in 2013. The idea of forming a band had been in all four members mind for a while. Caroline Keane and Tom Delany had previously toured and recorded their EP "Framework" together while Daoiri Farrell and Robbie Walsh had been performing and travelling internationally with various bands such as Blasta and The Daoiri Farrell Band. In the meantime Caroline and Daoiri also played together in Solid Clarity. It was only a matter of time until the four of them joined forces to create the unique sound that is Four Winds.

The band consists of:
Daoiri Farrell (Vocals and Bouzouki.) Daoiri's versatile repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, humour ballads, songs of exile, popular contemporary songs and much more, with a particular grá for uncovering much less well known songs. www.daoiri.com/

Caroline Keane (Concertina). From a young age, Caroline was exposed to the richness of West Limerick and Sliabh Luachra traditional music, an influence which has become the cornerstone of her uniquely vibrant, passionate and emotive style of concertina playing.

Robbie Walsh (bodhran, percussions and backing vocals) Robbie is a bodhran player hailing from Dublin. He won the all Ireland bodhran title in 2008 were he then went on to become a Full time musician. The art of the drum was passed on by his uncle. His powerfull modern style is one of the foundations of the sound of the band.

Tom Delany(Uilleann pipes and whistles) With an Irish father and French mother, Tom gained his musicality through osmosis, born and raised in a rich environment of Irish music. Inspired by the traveling style of piping, his rhythmic playing is powerful and daring.

Deeply rooted in the tradition they produce an exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics that reflects their love for Irish traditional music without ignoring modernity and creativity.Their influences extend from Begley and Cooney, The Bothy Band ,Planxty, Brady and Irvine,Moving Hearts to Pink Floyd or Elvis.
They are currently working on a recording which should be out by this summer along with a long summer of performances around Ireland and Europe, including Brittany, France, and The U.K.

David Power 2015

September 2015 TBA

Blackie O'Connell and Cyril O'Donoghue

House Concert - Friday, October xxtba. 8:00 p.m.
Worshops Saturday, Pipes and Strings

Concert: $20 advance (till Sept 30), $25 at the door

The usual reminder, a house is just a house and only holds so many (about 45) and our house concerts have almost always sold out. 

Send an e-mail to rmacdiarmid@cogeco.ca to book your spot for the concert or immersion weekend

  Michael 'Blackie' O'Connell is one of the most exciting uilleann pipers in Traditional Music. He was taught the uilleann pipes by the great Limerick piper Mickey Dunne. His influences are the playing of Paddy Keenan, who is a regular visitor to his home in Clare, Finbar Furey and the great Johnny Doran.

  He has been playing the pipes from a young age and is currently living, and playing, at the heart of Irish music in County Clare. He regularly tours Europe, the USA and the Far East but is also very much at home at his local bars in Ennis or Doolin. At concerts and sessions Michael O'Connell performs with gusto, and audiences are swept away by his exuberant and fast flowing piping style.
  A regular guest of Na Píobairí Uilleann (uilleann pipes association), and the William Kennedy Piping Festival. He teaches and performs at the annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in New York, and the Doran Tionol, as well as being a tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick.
  He has also has toured extensively with various dance troupes in the USA, China, Taiwan and Dubai, including on Broadway and in Carnegie Hall. He has performed with Paddy Keenan, Finbar Furey and the Chieftains. He is an ambassador for Irish tourism as part of the current worldwide internet and TV campaign by Tourism Ireland.
  He released his album; “We were drinking and kissing the ladies”, in collaboration with the renowned concertina player Hugh Healy in early 2010 to great acclaim.

  Cyril O Donoghue (vocals, bouzouki, and guitar) from Co Clare comes from a musical family with strong ties to the East Clare tradition via his father Paddy.
  He has recorded with many musicians including Tola Custy, Alan Kelly, John Kelly, Michael Queally, The Mulcahy family, Fisherstreet, Birkintree(Italy) and Foolin in Doolin. Cyril played in Doolin in West Clare for years and has toured Europe, the U. S. and both the Middle East and Far East with various ensembles. He also recorded a solo album, ‘Nothing But a Child’, in 2003.
  Currently a member of the Irish trad supergroup "Providence", Cyril can be found touring in any part of the world. With a number of top albums under his belt it will be interesting to hear what comes next from this amazing musician

Patrick Ourceau and Ivan Goff 2016

House Concert - Saturday, TBA. 8:00 p.m.
Fiddle/Flute immersion weekend - TBA

Immersion Weekend: $150
Concert: $20 advance (till January 20), $25 at the door

The usual reminder, a house is just a house and only holds so many (about 45, with 20 seats taken by the workshop musician) and our house concerts have always sold out. 

Send an e-mail to rmacdiarmid@cogeco.ca to book your spot for the concert or workshop.

Weekend registration includes workshops all day Saturday (10 to 4:30) and a ½ day Sunday (20 - 1), Saturday evening concert and session. Potluck shared food, BYOB, and Kingston has a range of B&B's and hotels to stay in - we can provide information. Free billeting is also a possibility

Patrick Ourceau is a virtuoso on the fiddle, an avid student of the old masters,  and a particular specialist in the style and repertoire of Clare and East Galway.

 Since moving to North America, Patrick Ourceau has performed with many U.S.-based musicians, including the legendary accordion players James Keane and Paddy O'Brien, concertina wizard John Williams, and the band Celtic Thunder. In June 1999, Patrick joined the Tulla Ceili Band on their last U.S. tour, and for three years has performed regularly with former Tulla Ceili Band accordion player Andrew McNamara. For several years, Patrick's main concert partner was Gearóid ÓhAllmhuráin, a renowned County Clare concertina player now living in Montreal. Together with Gearóid, Patrick performed in concert and at festivals all across Europe and North America. In 1999, they released Tracin', a critically acclaimed duet recording faithful to the style and repertoire of the older generation of traditional musicians in Clare and East Galway.

Patrick is also featured on flute player Cathal McConnell's last solo album, Long Expectant Comes At Last, released in February 1999 on the Compass Records label, and on accordion player John Whelan's Celtic Roots, released in February 2002 on the Narada label. Patrick also appeared with a host of local musicians on Music and Songs from East Clare - Volume 1, an archival recording made as a part of the Millennium Project to preserved and collect folklore in that part of Ireland.

Patrick has been in great demand as a teacher and regularly teaches out of his home in Toronto. He has taught at various festivals in the U.S. and Canada, such as the Chris Langen Weekend in Toronto; the Saint Louis Irish Festival, and the Augusta Irish Week in Elkins, West Virginia; and at the Fleadh Nua in County Clare, Ireland.

Patrick has also played in the band ‘Chulrua’ with Paddy O’Brien and Pat Egan.

Ivan Goff
Ivan An All-Ireland champion from Dublin, based in New York, Ivan plays uilleann pipes (Irish bellows-blown pipes), whistles and Irish wooden concert flute. A traditional musician with an eclectic background that includes master degrees in both musicology and computer composition, Ivan has performed in several well-known productions including extended engagements with Riverdance (US tour and Broadway), Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and has featured in film scores such as recently-released Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney) exhibited in the Guggenheim museum 2003. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Ivan has collaborated as performer and composer in the theatrical productions Peacefire and The Voice of the Sea (Mac Uibh Aille) and has performed with numerous bands and artists including NYC-based Whirligig, Cathie Ryan and Irish traditional band Lúnasa.

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