Visiting Irish Musicians
Thursday, September 13th, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Suggested Donation | $5-$10
Plunkett O’ Toole is Flute player from Lettermore, a small village in Connemara. He began playing the Irish tin-whistle at the age of six before progressing to the Irish concert flute. He has played extensively throughout Ireland with some of Ireland’s finest traditional Irish musicians such as renowned whistle player Mary Bergin. A testament to the high standard of Plunkett’s musicianship was being invited to perform with a team of professional musicians for a premier performance of a specially commissioned suite, ‘Sruth’ at Éigse An Spidéal in 2013.
Plunkett has recently graduated from University College Cork with a first class honours degree in Music. During this time, Plunkett concentrated on performance becoming the recipient of both the Dónal Doc Gleeson Award and the Séan Ó Ríada Memorial Prize which is awarded to the student who displays the deepest understanding of the nature of Irish Traditional music at an academic and performance level. He is hoping to continue his studies and start an MA in music therapy in 2019.
Conor Keane is a full time musician and creator of new Irish music. Born in Ennis, Co. Clare on the 10th of May 1968. A diatonic accordionist he also plays other instruments such as piano, violin etc.. Conor performs concerts and does workshops etc on a regular basis. He has recorded numerous albums of traditional music including Cooley’s House ( 1992 ) and Oidhreacht (1997 ), Rough and Ready (2015) etc.. He is a past member of many professional bands including Arcady with Frances Black, Seán Keane, Four Men and a Dog , The Tulla Céilí Band, Shaskeen etc Conor lived in France for a number of years in the 1990s and worked as accordionist with legendary Breton singer Gilles Servat. During this period he performed in many prestigious venues all over France, such as The Olympia and the Bércy in Paris. Since then he has made countless tours in every country in Europe, America, Canada etc and played in most of the major folk festivals of the world. He has successfully completed a number of commissions including The Connemara Suite in 2014. (Please see Conor’s You Tube channel ( Conor T Keane ) Conor’s original music reflects the exposure he’s had as a working musician to a number of musical genres, mostly of Irish and continental origin. He seeks to develop his original music on a continual basis and enjoys all aspects of collaboration with like-minded people while working towards the realization of various musical projects.