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First Class Trad Musicians in Tech Amergin – Thursday 23rd August

First Class Trad Musicians in Tech Amergin – Thursday 23rd August


Ciaran Tourish, Kevin Doherty & Dermot Byrne

Tech Amergin Arts Centre

Thursday 23rd August 8pm

Dermot Byrne (Ex Altan) has taken a fresh approach to the squeezebox
tradition of his homeland. The son of a musician, Tomas O’Beirne, Byrne
continues to build on his father’s legacy. In addition to his work with Altan,
Byrne has performed or recorded with such stellar Irish musicians as Seamus
and Manus McGuire, the Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, and Dezi Donnelly. His
debut solo album, released in 1995, featured accompaniment from guitarist/
keyboards player Steve Cooney; double bassist Trevor Hutchinson; and bouzouki, guitar, and bodhran player Donal Lunny. His second solo outing, 2
Worlds United, was recorded with Ontario-based champion fiddler Pierre Schryer, and included French, Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton tunes. Taught
to play the accordion by his father, Byrne mastered the two- and single-row accordion by his teens. A guest on two Altan albums — The Red Crow and
Island Angel — he became a full-fledged member in late 1993. Since then, he has been featured on three of the Donegal-based group’s albums: Blackwater, Runaway Sunday, and Another Sky.

Ciaran Tourish hails from Buncrana in East Co. Donegal. Although Ciaran started playing the tin whistle at an early
age, he soon took up the fiddle under the guidance of local legendary fiddler and teacher, Dinny McLaughlin.
In addition to his mastery of the dance music tradition, Ciaranʼs quick ear, love of harmony and counterpoint have
led to his talent being in demand as a valued collaborator on non-Altan and even non-Irish music projects with a wide
range of musicians and singers including Paul Brady, Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maura OʼConnell, Máirtín OʼConnor,
Dolores Keane, Dé Danann and American musicians, Jerry Douglas and Tim OʼBrien.
He released his first solo recording “Down the Line” in 2005 featuring guest musicians Arty McGlynn, Paul Brady, Maura
OʼConnell, Mick Hanley, Tim OʼBrien, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas among others.

Kevin Doherty came to music through records and radio rather than a handed down tradition. In his teens he began playing with a number of successful local
bands, as they packed out hotels and halls. all sorts of styles were incorporated – Bluegrass, country, folk, rock, blues, jazz, swing and trad. He
joined renowned traditional group ʻFour Men and a Dogʼ in 1991 and toured the globe and recorded seven records, two of which were recorded in the late
Levon Helmʼs studio in New York. Aside from this, Kevin has recorded three solo records, the latest being ʻSeeing thingsʼ with some of Irelandʼs best known musicians including James
Delaney, Conor Brady, Des Lacey and Paul Moore. He is currently working on his next solo project.

Tickets €15 / €12. Pre-booking essential on 066 9478956. Run in conjunction with the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival.