The shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society presents a house concert in Monroe CT–Conal O’Grada (flute) and Ciaran O’Mhaonaigh (fiddle). Please see http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/2014-concert-calendar.html for tickets and directions.
From the website:
TG4 young musician of the Year 2003, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. He was heavily influenced by his extended family when growing up including his teacher Francie Mooney, Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Derry fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin as well as the Donegal fiddle legend John Doherty amongst others. Ciarán’s first album Ceol a’Ghleanna The Music of the Glen (SPINCD1008) was released in 2004 and he has also Produced music documentary’s for TG4 including Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and the acclaimed John Doherty ‘Ar Leirg na Gaoithe’, and in 2009 he presented, produced and directed an hour long documentary entitled ‘Francie Mooney Áit i Mo Chroí’. Ciarán is a member of the band Fidil along with Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan and they released 3 CD’s – ‘Fidil’ (FID001CD), released in June 2008, was described by Irish Music Magazine as “One of the most challanging and beautifully austere albums of the last fifty years”, ‘3’ was released in 2009 an received a 5 star review and CD of the week in The Irish Times, and in late 2011 ‘The Old Wheel of Fortune’ came out with Songlines magazine declaring it one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade.”
Born in Cork in 1961, Conal Ó Gráda has long been at the forefront of traditional Irish flute-playing and truly has one of its most distinctive sounds. A multiple All Ireland winner in his youth, Conal’s debut recording ‘The Top of Coom’ in 1990 is still regarded as a seminal recording of flute-playing. Conal takes the basic elements of traditional music and forges them into a personal style which, once heard is unforgettable. His fast, rhythmically precise flute-playing has an earthy raucous tone reminiscent of the saxophone and is driven by a spirit from the true heart of traditional music. His second solo recording ‘Cnoc Buí’ was released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim.
Conal teaches flute privately in his native Cork and is also a regular teacher at summer schools worldwide, including The Willie Clancy Summer School, Catskills Irish Arts Week and Blas. He is a co-founder of the flute band ‘Banna Fliúit Loch a’Bhogaigh’ and is chairman of the traditional flute festival ‘Cruinniú na bhFliúit…the Flute Meeting’ which runs annually in Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork. He is a member of the band The band Raw Bar Collective, with whom he released a new CD in February 2011 called ‘millhouse measure’s’. More recently, in 2012, Conal published a book on flute technique and styles called An Fheadóg Mhór.