"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 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
Bringing it all back Home¹ and The 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.
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).
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.
For further information please contact Madeleine Seiler at 01 2966041
or 087 2475791.