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Blas Glas: Studio 2 Session – Kilkenny Pipers’ Club – 23/1/2016

The annual fundraising concert for the Kilkenny Uileann Pipers club takes place on Saturday, January 30th at Cleere’s Theatre. It’s a great line up and features some of Ireland’s finest musicians and singers.

The ninth annual concert run by the Kilkenny Uilleann Piper’s Club will host no less than four TG4 ‘Gradam Ceoil’ winners.

Seán McKiernan, originally from Connemara but reared in Boston, is custodian of the famous set of uileann pipes made by the Taylor Brothers for the legendary Patsy Touhy in the 1880’s.  Seán is regarded by many piping afficionados to be the country’s greatest living piper, and he was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceol as musician of the year in 2010.

Another Gradam Ceoil winner (in 2004), Edel Fox of County Clare, will be joined by her musical partner (on the critically acclaimed concertina and fiddle album ‘The Sunny Banks’) Neill Byrne and Co. Laois flute and concertina player Tommy Fitzharris, who won the Senior All-Ireland flute competition in 2012.

TG4 young musician of the Year 2012, Caoimhín O’ Fearghail from Ring Co. Waterford will also enhance the line-up as part of the renowned band, Caladh Nua.  Other band members Lisa Butler, Paddy Tutty, Derek Morrissey  and  Brian Mooney, make up one of Ireland’s foremost traditional bands.  Currently working on their fourth album, this band perform a wide variety of vocal and instrumental sets.

Lovers of traditional song will be delighted to know that Nell Ní Chronín will be performing on the night.  From the Cork Gaeltacht of Ballyvourney, Nell is a multi award winning singer and has made numerous television appearances including a documentary made about her singing in 2010.  In 2014 she became the youngest ever singer to win the prestigious Corn Uí Riada at the Oireachtas in Killarney. This prize is regarded as the pinnacle for Sean nÓs singers.

With Kilkenny having musicians to rival any in the country, this night would not be the same if it were not for the input of our local musicians.  Paddy Cleere (banjo), Martin Coughlan (accordion), Tommy Lannigan (boudhran and vocals), Anthony McCauley (fiddle) and Liam Moore (guitar and vocals) round up the line-up for what should be a really special night’s music, in Cleere’s  Theatre on Saturday January 30 at 9.00.  Tickets €10, available at Cleeres, all proceeds go to Kilkenny UIlleann Pipers Club.

Ulieann pipers Mick Foley and Pádraig Butler joined Derek Morrissey on the bosca ceoil and Lisa Butler on fiddle to play two sets of tunes and to chat with Martin Bridgeman on this special Studio 2 Session