FUAIM & Islander Present
Cormac Begley and Liam O’Connor
Friday 22nd November 2019
St Peter’s, North Main Street, Cork
Concert Starts: 6pm
We are unbelievably excited to have teamed up with the wonderful team at FUAIM in UCC to present this unique collaboration as our opening concert.
Liam O Connor and Cormac Begley have forged an exciting fiddle and concertina duet. Liam, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin and his solo album “The Loom” has received 5 star reviews and was voted Traditional Album of the Year by the Irish Times in 2017. Cormac is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. His debut solo album has received critical acclaim amassing nine 5-star reviews to date. They played their first concert together at the National Concert Hall in late 2017 and were both nominated for instrumental musician of the year at the inaugural RTE1 Folk Music Awards in 2018.
More info about Liam here: www.liamoconnor.ie
More info about Cormac here: www.cormacbegley.com
Liam O Connor Biog
Liam O’Connor, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin. His solo CD “The Loom” received 5 star reviews and was voted Trad Album of the Year 2017 by the Irish Times.
His father Mick O’Connor is a well-known flute player, researcher and leader of the Castle Céilí Band. During his youth, Séamus Glackin taught Liam. By age of 15 he had won 5 All Ireland fiddle championships and later added junior and senior Oireachtas fiddle competitions. He also completed 8 grades in Classical violin training in the DIT College of Music, Dublin. In addition to performing as a soloist from a young age, in his teenage years he was also invited to perform in duet with established masters such as uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn and concertina legend Noel Hill.
He was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2002. At the time, Liam was described in the Irish Times as “Possibly one of the most exciting fiddle players on the music scene since the emergence of Sean Keane and Frankie Gavin more than 30 years ago. He has an exceptional natural ability and the standard of his playing defies logic given his age.”
He spent many summers in County Clare, his mother’s home county where he played with played with musical icons Joe Ryan, Bobby Casey, Peadar O’Loughlin and many others. Other major influences on his playing include Séamus Glackin, Vincent Harrison, Seán Keane, along with recordings of Tommie Potts, Michael Coleman and James ‘Lad’ O’Beirne.
Cormac Begley Biog
Cormac Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He plays in a number of projects including: duets including Liam O Connor, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore) and Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer and multi-instrumentalist), Rushad Eggleston (cello); a trio entitled ‘Concertina’ (Noel Hill and Jack Talty); with the band Ré; and with singer/songwriter Lisa O Neil. He is the founder of Airt and the award winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway and Dublin. In 2014, he received the Seán Ó Riada Award for concertina playing and his playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship’ by the Irish Times (*****). He has recently recorded his debut solo album featuring the full range of concertinas to critical acclaim and has received nine 5-star review to date (e.g., The Irish Times, Folking.com, The Herald Scotland, Folk Wales Online Magazine). In 2018 he was nominated for ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ for RTE1 Folk Awards and his solo album was shortlisted for the Irish Times album of the year (Top 5 in 2018).
'Nothing short of spectacular' (BBC Radio Northern Ireland)
'Album of the Month' for April (SHMU FM, Aberdeen)
“Album of the Month” on Midnight Campfire, Juice FM& Totally Radio.
5 Star Review ***** (Irish Times) - 'An earthy delight’..... 'The record’s limited-edition hexagonal case is a masterclass in form and function.'
5 Star Review ***** (Folking.com) - 'This is a superb solo artiste with feeling, amazing timings, drama, humour and obvious dedication to his craft.'
5 Star Review ***** (Folk Wales Online Magazine) - '....an utterly delightful album'