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Brothers Sean and James Keane in Concert with Garry O’Briain

October 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


James Keane

James Keane is a composer, storyteller and masterful musician. As one of Ireland’s finest performers, Keane has evolved the standards of accordion playing around world. The Castagnari guild in Italy has issued a limited supply of a signature James Keane instrument, designed to his innovations.

Keane’s compositions invoke a musical mind from an ancient tradition nurtured by his family for generations. A seminal album With Friends Like These, featured the best musicians of the Irish tradition performing his tunes, including Liam O’Flynn, Tommy Peoples, Kevin Conneff and Paddy Glackin. The album was recorded in Liam Clancy’s solar-powered studio, in recognition of Keane’s long friendship going back to the time when they worked in the folk revival of the storied Sixties.

Keane has recorded eight highly acclaimed studio albums, and appeared on many classic records. The New York Times review of a concert at Carnegie Hall wrote “James Keane, the accordionist, swung through reels with such exciting drive that he nearly lifted the audience out of their seats.” More recently Keane has been presenting multimedia lectures — recordings of which are available at the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. His talks using his reknowned humor, expertise and memories of the tradition come from a life between Ireland and New York where he has lived and performed for many decades.

Seán Keane

Seán, a native of Dublin, grew up in a home steeped in the traditional music of Ireland. His parents were both traditional fiddlers and he began playing the fiddle at a young age.

He displayed his talents at an early age and was sent to the Dublin School of Music where he received classical training. However, after a number of years, traditional music began to take over his playing and he soon left the classical. He soon became one of the most talented young musicians in Ireland winning a score of awards including first place in the All-Ireland Championships and the prestigious Fiddler of Dooney competition, thus earning him the title of master fiddler.

His talents soon caught the eye of Seán Ó Riáda and he was invited in the mid 1960’s to join Ceoltóirí Cualann to play fiddle alongside Martin Fay and John Kelly. He joined The Chieftains in 1968 upon invitation by Paddy Moloney and his first appearance with them was at the Edinburgh Folk Festival.

Besides his work with the Chieftains, he has also recorded a well received solo album, Seán Keane and a duet album with fellow Chieftain Matt Molloy on Contentment is Wealth. He has also recorded with Mick Moloney and his brother, James Keane, on the album Reel Away the Real World in 1980. He also joined his brother on his album, Sweeter as the Years Roll By in 1999, as they played with a number of younger artists in the Irish tradition including Seán’s sons, Darach and Páraic.

Seán is best known for his fiery fiddle style and his style is often influenced by that of pipers, especially Willie Clancy and his first solo album Gusty’s Frolics reflects a piper playing. Seán maintains the tradition of collecting fiddle tunes from throughout Ireland and takes the time to teach youngsters his incredible style on the fiddle.

Garry O’Briain

Garry O’Briain is one of the most distinguished and sought-after accompanists in Irish traditional music. His distinctive style on mando-cello, guitar and piano is instantly recognizable and reflects his remarkable skill and ease in a wide range of musical genres.

He has been a member of a number of landmark Irish music ensembles, including Skylark and Buttons and Bows, and is a member of the legendary Scottish-Irish band, The Boys of the Lough. His list of recordings as a session player is extensive; he has written music for stage, film and television, as well as over a hundred songs.

Garry’s solo album, “Cat Won’t Fly,” is an impressive collection of some of his original works. His critically-acclaimed recording of the music of Ireland’s best-known traditional music composer, Turlough O’Carolan, called “Carolan’s Dream,” is considered one of the finest interpretations of this 18th century composer.

Garry is also known for his studio production skills. He has helped produce albums for many musicians and groups including The Clancy Brothers, Danu, Mairtin O’Connor, Buttons and Bows, Dordán, and Seamus and Manus McGuire.


8pm: Support Concert Group: Daithi Gormley, Orlaith McAuliffe, Dylan Carlos and Catherine McHugh


October 13, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Feilie Strokestown


The Percy French Hotel
The Percy French Hotel, Bridge Street
Strokestown, Roscommon F42 A996 Ireland
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