Multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor is the son of the celebrated fiddler, Gerry O’Connor ,and revered singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin of Lá Lugh. As a musician and composer he has played and recorded with numerous artists including Gráinne Holland, Moya Brennan, Steve Cooney, Mary Dillon, Cathal McConnell, Bob Brozman, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, John Spillane, Lumiere and Barry Kerr. With a musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing, he has toured the world from a young age as lead and backing instrumentalist for a number of bands including Lá Lugh and, more recently, At First Light and the Irish song super group A Stór Mo Chroí. “O’Connor’s winning blend of pace and lyricism transmits his enthusiasm for the music directly to the listener with irresistible impact” – Herald Scotland
John McSherry has been a major figure in Irish music for almost 20 years. He is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of Uilleann Piping in the world today ("a true master" -- Irish Music Magazine). A founder member of top traditional bands Lúnasa, Tamalin and Donal Lunny's ground-breaking super group Coolfin in the 1990s, John has subsequently produced an array of critically acclaimed and innovative albums, both solo and collaborative, and continues to push the boundaries of Irish music with his current bands At First Light and The Olllam. He is a composer, producer, arranger and an established studio session musician of international renown, having recorded and performed with many artists including Clannad, Sinéad O'Connor, Rod Stewart, Nanci Griffiths, Gary Kemp and The Corrs.
Seamie O'Dowd is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who also plays fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and a number of other instruments. He has travelled worldwide and shared stages with many great musicians and bands including Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Tommy Emmanuel, Dervish, Steve Wickham, Matt Molloy, Liam O'Flynn, Thom Moore, Dick Gaughan, Rick Epping, Aminah Hughes and many others.
KAM will hold it's annual Annual General Meeting/Party in Sexton's Back Room on Wed., Oct 14 at 8pm. Come along for a glass of wine, chat, music, nibbles and very short business meeting! Membership in KAM is a very reasonable €10/year and entitles the holder to concession rates at all concerts; it is also a gesture of support for Kinvara Area Music and the all-volunteer effort to keep good concerts and musical activities happening in the village.
Two-time Meteor award winner, John Spillane has confirmed with KAM for a GiG Room performance Sat, Nov. 28. John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few. He performs to audiences large and small everywhere.
John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour. If you are looking for a night of good ‘craic’, a John Spillane show should not be missed.
Upcoming GiG Room concerts: Donal O'Connor & John McSherry with Seamie O'Dowd, Nov. 7; John Spillane, Nov. 28.
The Gig Room—the half-sized, curtained-off Community Centre, lighted and decorated to enhance the presentation of small concerts—has been a great success thusfar with Ensemble Ériu kicking off the 2015 season, followed by the Joseph Brown School Annual Concert, The Oldtown Rounders, the second Blackboard Venue open mic night, and Johnny Moynihan with Brendan Hearty and Emily Donohue, Sarah McQuaid on May 9, and most recently NoCrows, Oct. 3. If you haven't seen it, in its reduced size it makes a lovely performance space, intimate and very suitable for acoustic concerts. It has the feel of an arts centre--and believe it or not, it's warm! We will continue to develop the space and make it as intimate and friendly as we can in keeping with KAM's reputation of concerts for good listening.
To play in random order.
Mardi Gras, February 2013