It is a rare opportunity to hear three of Ireland’s most talented performers in concert, and because they are teaching at this year’s O’Flaherty Retreat, they will be around to deliver a concert before the retreat.
- Concert Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2018
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Venue: Shigeru Kawai Concert Hall
- Address: 601 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075.
Mark your calendars and look forward to hearing Cathal Hayden on fiddle and banjo, Seamie O’Dowd on guitar and vocals, and Máirtín O’Connor on button accordion. It is going to be a memorable evening of music.
Tickets must be purchased at the door after October 16th.
About the Band
The Máirtín O’Connor Band is a musical partnership of accordionist Máirtín O’Connor, fiddler and banjo player Cathal Hayden and guitarist and singer Séamie O’Dowd, sparking with genuine chemistry and an admirable sense of adventure. Adeptly blending traditional melodies with a number of O’Connor’s inimitable compositions, the band’s bright sound, has been carefully sculpted over a ten-year period of countless touring miles. Anchored by Galway man O’Connor’s dazzling button accordion, the astounding skill and virtuosity of all three musicians, manifests itself on their numerous recordings to date.
Máirtín O’Connor: He is one of Ireland’s most respected traditional musicians, taking his instrument to new heights in a career that has seen him add his unique blend of musicianship to seminal groups like Skylark, De Dannan, Midnight Well and The Boys of the Lough. O’Connor has also earned himself an acclaimed status as a soloist.Máirtín’s infectious style has kept him in demand as a consummate studio session player on many recordings by national and international acts, such as Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Rod Stewart, The Waterboys and Townes Van Zandt. To add to his impressive C.V. Máirtín has also played a major role in Bill Whelan’s phenomenally successful Riverdance.His experience is illustrated throughout the music industry and in 2015; Mairtin was awarded the Gradam Ceoil Award for musician of the year.
Cathal Hayden: Recording his first solo album at the age of seventeen, Tyrone man, Hayden went on to become a founder member of trad super-group Arcady, alongside such luminaries as Sharon Shannon, Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh, Sean Keane and Frances Black. In 1990, Cathal was instrumental in forming Four Men & A Dog, the exciting live quintet who continue to record and tour to this very day. An All-Ireland champion on both banjo and fiddle, Hayden has a number of solo albums to his credit and in more recent years has become a regular member of the Christy Moore Band.As well as his contribution to other artists’ albums, he remains happy in the knowledge that he has helped bring Irish Traditional Music to a worldwide stage, making it more popular than ever before. Through his virtuoso playing he has become an ambassador for fiddle and banjo players for the country as a whole.
Séamie O’Dowd: Rooted deeply in the traditional music of his native Sligo, Séamie has added his talents to many genres of acoustic and electric music. His father Joe was a renowned traditional fiddler and the younger O’Dowd toured world-wide for a number of years with Sligo’s finest, Dervish. With Cathy Jordan and Rick Epping, the multi-instrumentalist is a member of the popular genre-crossing trio, The Unwanted, and a regular member of the Christy Moore Band Seamie also works with a number of other renowned musicians including renowned flute player Matt Molloy, piping legend Liam O’Flynn, Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham, songwriting legend Thom Moore and many others.