Ceol na Coille in association with Regional Cultural Centre presents

Dermot Byrne (Accordion)

Monday, 13th July, 12pm: YouTube

Ceol na Coille Summer School of Traditional Music in association with the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny will present a series of online video tutorials featuring Dermot Byrne, Roisin McGrory, Yvonne Casey, Deirdre Scanlan and Deirdre McGrory.

During the week video footage from concerts and recitals over the last number of years of the summer school will also be premiered.

The winner of TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013 Dermot Byrne hails from Buncrana in the Inishowen peninsula, the most northerly part of Donegal, and has played accordion since a very young age, having learned from his father Tomás O’Beirn, who comes from Teileann area of South West Donegal.

Dermot had the good fortune to meet all the greats of Donegal music including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy, Tommy Peoples, Danny Meehan and many more, and they made a great impact on the young Dermot and helped him to develop a unique style.

His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation.

Dermot guested on two Altan recordings, “The Red Crow” and “Island Angel” before joining the band in 1994, and was a member until 2013, during which time he recorded five further albums with them.

He has played on collaborations with many great musicians including Seamus McGuire and Manus McGuire, Frankie Gavin, Pierre Schryer, Salsa Celtica and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. His eponymous solo recording, which he has reissued recently, received great critical acclaim.