A well-known singer and award-winning author, Lillis Ó Laoire grew up in the Gaelic speaking region of Donegal, Ireland, a place noted for its rich oral tradition. From an early age he was exposed to the rich vein of Gaelic song and as a young adult he developed that interest, recording material from older singers. Lillis has won the national gold medal for Gaelic old style singing twice, is a fluent Scottish Gaelic speaker and has made one solo recording. Lillis teaches courses in Folklore at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This is his first time to Cape Breton.
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Seán Ó Sé is a native of Bantry, Co. Cork, where he was born into an Irish speaking family immersed in traditional music and song. Seán had a long association with Seán Ó Riada, singing with him on several radio and television programmes, and many of his recordings. Since Ó Riada’s death, Seán has recorded with Donal Lunny, Dermot O’Brien and Peadar O’ Riada, featured on Comhaltas’ Echoes of Erin CDs and toured in America, the UK, Moscow, Shanghai and Havana with Comhaltas. Seán is also recognized as a very humorous storyteller who captures the Cork wit very successfully.
Twenty-one years since her debut album, Sharon Shannon continues to reinvent her unique style of traditional music and keeps it relevant and fresh. Playing accordion, whistle and fiddle, the diminutive Clare virtuoso draws on material from her nine studio albums, as well as introducing some brand new compositions and some covers. Sharon’s high-octane brand of trad music is complemented by multi-instrumentalist and singer Alan Connor, who provides a new and highly effective accompaniment with piano, electric guitar and loops. Sparks fly between this pair as the energy and sound created by both together is at once powerful and compelling.
Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race. Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.