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Derek Hickey, Liam Flanagan, Caoimhin O Fearghaill, Deirdre Scanlan

Stunning Trad...

Saturday November 25th

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   Gig Room , Kinvara Community Centre

Derek Hickey

Derek Hickey hails from Adare, Co. Limerick.

Both his grandfathers played fiddle and his own musical career began at ten years of age when his uncle left an accordion in the family home. Derek progressed to dance tunes within weeks though he didn’t begin lessons - under the tutelage of Dónal de Barra - until he was 12.

Derek’s professional career began three years later when he joined the Shannonside Céilí Band. Formed by the Liddy family the band was particularly popular in the north of the country. It also toured extensively in England and made regular trips throughout Europe. In 1991 Frankie Gavin asked Derek to join him for regular sessions in his then leased hotel in Kinvara, Co. Galway.

One year later, at just eighteen years of age Derek joined Arcady, Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh’s band. Frances Black, Brendan Larrisey and Patsy Broderick were also members of the band at that time and many other household names have played in the line-up including Sharon Shannon, Cathal Hayden and Gerry O’Connor.

In 1995 Derek joined the legendary De Dannan alongside Frankie Gavin. He toured with De Dannan until 2003. He spent some time teaching as a button accordion tutor on the BA Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy. Alongside teaching he returned to performing with De Dannan and he continues to tour nationally and internationally.

Liam Flanagan is a fiddle player originally from Charleville, County Cork but now living near the town of Kilfinane, County Limerick.

He grew up playing as part of Craobh Cronain CCE in Freemount, Co. Cork under the guidance of Con Herbert and Gary Shannon and now regularly performs with Derek Hickey, North Cregg, Danu, and many more, having toured across Europe and the USA.

He has also featured on many TV and Radio programs such as Port, Hup, Geantrai, and Bosca Ceoil.

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Caoimhín Ó Fearghail

Caoimhín Ó Fearghail is a multi-instrumentalist who comes from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. He started to learn the tin-whistle and uilleann pipes at an early age and is self-taught on flute and guitar.

He is greatly influenced by the many great traditional musicians and singers from his home area, as well as numerous others he has met all over the country and abroad.

He has featured on a number of albums in the last few years playing various instruments, as accompanist more often than not, including on Lá ag Ól Uisce, with his brother Seán and Tomás Ó Gealbháin.

He is also featured playing pipes solo on The Rolling Wave, a compilation album issued by NPU (Na Píobairí Uilleann). He has performed frequently at home and abroad, solo, with the group Danú, and also as a member of the group Caladh Nua.

He was the 2012 recipient of the TG4 Young Musician of the Year award (Gradam Ceoil TG4).

Deirdre Scanlan is a native of West living in  County Clare..

Having taken up the traditional style of singing as a child she quickly built up a reputation as one of Irelands leading female vocal talents earning no less than 7 All Ireland titles during her teenage years,which is the most coveted prize in the competive world of song.

After her secondary education Deirdre then went on to study music and theatre where after her three years she graduated with distincation as well being requested for work with Irelands National Folk Theatre and endorsement for further study in the field of the arts. Eager to pursue her singing career which was her first love Deirdre was in constant demand and immediately began to tour the world with a myriad of touring including, Ragus, Sessions from the hearth and Booley house which saw her working with some of the biggest names in Irish Music including The Kifenora ceili  band . 

Deirdre took time out of her busy schedule a few years ago and finally released her debut solo album entitled faces which sees her fusing her traditional style of song with her more contemporary influences to complete an album of excellence which confirms her place amongst the greatest ladies of traditional song in Ireland.

The musical journey of Deirdre Scanlan will no doubt continue to entertain and enthrall people all over the world and those of you who find an opportunity to experience her are strongly advised not to miss out on what promises to be an evening to be remembered

Deirdre Scanlan

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