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Tuesday 22nd January
Zoe Conway & John McIntyre
WITH an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new.
The husband and wife folk duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments.
Together, Zoë and John have been described as simply one of the best folk duos on the planet (BBC), and audiences in Ireland and beyond keep coming back for more.
They have performed for rock stars, millionaires and dignitaries around the world, including Irish Presidents Mary McAleese and Michael D. Higgins. They were awarded Best Live Show from popular YouTube channel, Balcony TV, and have received in excess of a combined half a million views online. “An ceol is binne agus is cruinne dá gcuala mé riamh.”
Seamus McGuire & John Lee
SEAMUS McGuire, acclaimed as one of Ireland’s most versatile fiddle-players, made his first mark in the traditional Irish music world with his brother Manus on their debut album, The Humours of Lissadell (Folk Legacy Records, USA, 1980).
Since then he has become recognised among traditional Irish music audiences globally as a member of the groups Buttons and Bows and The West Ocean String Quartet.
His album, The Missing Reel with Leitrim flute-player John Lee and guitarist Arty McGlynn is regarded as essential to any collection of Irish traditional music.
One of the finest living exponents of the vibrant Leitrim style of flute-playing, John Lee is held in the highest regard as a flute-player and teacher of traditional Irish music.
John’s South Leitrim style of flute-playing is highly distinctive, displaying an expansive use of rolls and ornamentation which he learned from his musical idol John Blessing.
His use of melodic runs and triplets gives a vibrant, exuberant effect to his playing. He is widely regarded as one of the outstanding masters of the South Leitrim style of traditional flute-playing.
Letterkenny Trad Week is organised by Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, in association with Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Music Education Partnership and Music Network. The media partner is the Donegal News and the accommodation partner is Station House Hotel.
All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777.
Early Bird Season Ticket, Six Concerts, €75. Up to December 21st.