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"A Fine Péire Duos"

Cormac Breatnach & Martin Dunlea + Mick Conneely & Niall Ó Callanáin

For the first time live on stage together in over five years, two former Deiseal members come together with their own respective musical partners for this once off collaboration.

Cormac, Martin, Niall and Mick are teaming up for a special night at
The Cobblestone on Saturday February 23rd

Tel: 872 1799 doors 8:30pm, Adm. €13.00

Cormac Breatnach and Martin Dunlea recorded their first duet album, entitled, "Music for Whistle & Guitar" released in May. Martin met Cormac in late 1998 while touring with the "Triple Harp Bypass" featuring harmonica virtuosos Mick Kinsella, Brendan Power and Rick Epping. They decided to get together informally to play some tunes in Co. Wicklow, where they both live and this developed into their current musical relationship. They have performed at the Copenhagen Irish festival on a double-bill with folk/trad supergroup ''Patrick Street''.


Cormac Breatnach

Cormac has recorded extensively with musicians such as Donal Lunny, Máire Breatnach, Steve Cooney and songwriters such as Thom Moore, Sonny Condell, Pierce Turner, Elvis Costello and Máighread Ní Dhomhnaill to name but a few.
He has also featured on the award-winning TV programmes such as ŒBringing it all back Home¹ and ŒThe River of Sound¹. Cormac's playing also featured on the original Riverdance track and he also recorded for the 1997 summer¹s special production of Lord of the Dance in London, England. His playing can also be heard in various movies, such as The Secret of Inish Roan, Moondance, and The War of the Buttons. Cormac released his solo album in 1999 entitled "Musical Journey" to much critical acclaim.

Martin Dunlea

Cork-born Guitarist, Martin Dunlea is a self-taught musician and now lives in Co.Wicklow. He played in folk rock and blues bands in Ireland, U.K. and the U.S.A. from his early teens to late twenties. He moved to Dublin in 1992 to play and record with the innovative band ''Soon'' and simultaneously developed an interest in traditional Irish music. He began teaching for the Professional Musician Training Course at the Newpark Music Centre in 1997. Martin is also a composer and has appeared on many notable TV and radio programmes. He features on Mick Kinsella's recent album ''Harmonica'' contributing one original composition and guitar on seven tracks. His guitar playing can also be heard on the Gavin Friday's and Maurice Seezer's original soundtrack to the film ''Disco Pigs " (Berlin Film Festival, February, 2001). On his soon to be released album with Cormac Breatnach he contributes six original compositions, with one from Cormac himself and a re-working of another from musician/producer, Máire Breatnach (eight compositions in all).

Mick Conneely

Born in Bedford, England of Irish parents, Mick was immersed in Irish music from a very early age. His father, Mick senior, who came from Errislannan, near Clifden, is a fine fiddle player. Mick began formal lessons in Irish music at the age of eleven with the legendary Clare musician and teacher, Brendan Mulkere. Mick has toured extensively, particularly in Scandinavia, where he toured with many musicians including Mary Bergin and De Danann. Mick guested on a number of occasions with De Danann, both in Europe and in the US, and in l993 he was part of that memorable 'Pure Irish Drops' tour with the legendary Micho Russell and Tony MacMahon. In l992 while touring Denmark with Mary Bergin, Mick met the Danish Bodhrán player Svend Kjeldsen who arranged a tour of Scandinavia for the following year with Mick, accordion player Brendan Boyle, singer/guitarist Séamus Cahill from Cork and Svend himself. This was the start of Errislannan, Mick's own band project. In l999 Mick recorded Selkie which also features his father Mick senior on fiddle and bouzouki player Niall Ó Callanáin.

Niall Ó Callanáin

Niall has been involved in the music business in Ireland since the early 1980s, and is well known as an accomplished, and sought after bouzouki player, and accompanist.
As an experienced session player, he has recorded with a diverse range of artists in different genres of music and has also gained a reputation as a producer, with credits which include singer songwriter Lorraine Jordan, female rock duo D¹Goya and more recently Cork balladeer Jimmy Crowley. April 2001 saw the launch of his first solo album "Strings and Things", a collection of his own compositions. He has since formed his own band playing jazz flavoured new compositions, featuring Jimmy Faulkner on guitar, vocalist Fiona Kelleher, flute player Kevin Shields, percussionist Mario N¹Goma and John Kearns on double bass. In 2000, Niall was invited by the World Music Centre in Limerick University as a guest tutor for their Traditional Music Performance post-graduate degree.

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