Charlie Piggott & Eugene Lambe
SAT, MAY 10, doors 8.30pm
Johnston’s Hall, Kinvara
Admission €12/10 (member & concession)
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Eugene Lambe, musician, singer and songwriter, uileann pipe maker, and boatbuilder is well-known for his versatile skills and droll sense of humour. Charlie Piggott’s fame, too, has expanded far beyond our own shores for his knowledge and understanding of the tradition and his distinctive style of playing the button accordion. Both possess a scholarly insight of their craft and have mastered the raconteur’s flair for holding an audience spellbound.
Whether borrowing a guitar at a session or extracting a whistle from an inside pocket to add spice to his song, Eugene never ceases to surprise. To hear one of his laments on the pipes can transport you back to an Ireland of bards and of chieftains. The same trance-evoking gift is shared by Charlie, whose box playing may stop you in your mind-wandering tracks with slow airs such as Hannibal Crossing the Alps. His subtle music playing has an unmistaken genuineness and always lifts the spirit.
You may have read in these pages about KAM's project to make a smaller venue in the Community Centre. 'The Gig Room' was launched March 29, 2014, with a varied and entertaining concert of Kinvara musicians, including seasoned professionls and Open Mic debutantes. All the acts were captivating and the presentation in the new space—created by a large curtain cutting the room in half, with another curtain blocking off the proscenium stage, a smaller modular stage set up in front of the stage curtain, and soft lighting all around—was a great success.
The concert was testament to the deep well of talent which continues to spring from this locality. From beautiful vocals in two and three part harmonies, to world class fiddling of traditional tunes, to sensitive renderings of new and traditional songs, the performers who gave of their time—Asurnai Toíbín and Alana O'Sullivan; Marie Dolan and Frank Kilkelly; Gracie Wallis, Anna Kelly and Caoimhe Campbell; Colm Keady; Máire O'Keeffe and Eilish O'Connor; Mallika McCarthy; Hannah Larrissey, Daire and Traolach McSwiney—delivered a concert to remember.Read more: Community Centre Project
At the AGM/P held Thursday, Nov. 21st, lively upbeat music was provided by Paul Gunning, John Martin & Frank Hall. Food nibbles and and wine were appreciated by the attendees who were treated to positive reports on finances, the state of the concert series and production process, as well as various tidbits of KAM news from the past year. A new Steering Committee was elected, with Anne Korff joining returning Committee members: Josephine Boland, Caoilte Breatnach, Paul Gunning, Frank Hall, and Janet Sutton. Retiring committee members, Rosaleen Tanham and Eileen Fleming, were sincerely thanked for their services, and are both more than happy to be called on to help out with future concerts/events. The meeting/party finished with a thanks to all members who attended and a salute to all members who by their €10 contribution, support the community contribution of KAM.
To play in random order.
Mardi Gras, February 2013