The Studio Sessions at glór continue this Spring following a very successful inaugural series last season, curated by music broadcaster Paula Carroll. This time the theme is inspiration, mentorship and the acquiring of tradition. Young up-and-coming traditional musicians have been invited to select another musician who has been an influence on them and to perform a concert together.
The series runs from 6 February 2020 on Thursday nights at 8.30pm in the studio at glór. Tickets are €15. But you can STILL get the ‘never-to-be-repeated introductory price’ of €10 by booking up to a week in advance of each concert!
Thurs 6 Feb: Colm Broderick (pipes flute, whistle, guitar) and Mick O Brien (pipes, flute, whistle)
Thurs 20 Feb: Brian O’Loughlin and Eamon Cotter
Thurs 19 March: Aisling Lyons (harp, concertina) and Laoise Kelly (harp)
Thurs 2 Apr: Conor Connolly (accordion, piano) and Charlie Harris (accordion)
Colm Broderick is a 20 year old piper from Carlow, who is no stranger to music sessions and festivals in Clare. Colm was selected by Na Píobairí Uilleann as the inheritor of Liam Ó Floinn’s pipes, on Liam’s death in 2018, and he rises to the responsibility with panache! He has selected master piper Mick O’ Brien as one of his main living influences, and says ‘He’s right up there with Liam.’ Mick and his entire family are steeped in generations of the great Dublin music tradition. He is no stranger to glór either through his work with The Irish Memory Orchestra. (Thurs 6 Feb 8.30pm)
Aisling Lyons from Newmarket on Fergus is one of the rising stars of the Irish harp world. She is also an accomplished young concertina player who trails a string of accolades. She has selected Laoise Kelly, this year’s TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year, as her hero. From Westport, Laoise is known for her brilliance and as a pioneer promoter of the Irish harping, not least through the Achill International Harp Festival, which she founded in recent years. (Thurs 19 March 8.30pm)
Accordionist Conor Connolly, from Ardrahan, Co. Galway, received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil for Young Musician of the Year in 2018. He comes straight from the Joe Cooley cradle of South Galway traditional music; a style much loved in Co. Clare. No surprise then that he selects accordion player Charlie Harris, as one of his chief mentors. Charlie is also a past recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year award, and is seen as one of the main carriers of that Cooley / South Galway style of accordion playing. (Thurs 2 April 8.30pm)