Thursday 09th - Sunday 12th Sept. 2021

Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland

Tutors

Button Accordion - Daithí Gormley

Button Accordion  - Daithí Gormley

Daithí Gormley - Daithí Gormley is from from County Sligo and is regarded as one of the finest Button Accordion players of his generation. Steeped in the rich musical heritage of his native county Sligo his, remarkably accomplished, debut album ‘Fiddling without a Bow – Irish Traditional Music on Button Accordion’ brings an expressive mix of old and new tunes played with an attention to detail conduit to past masters of Irish traditional music. Daithí teaches at various festivals and summer schools throughout the year and is a much sought after music teacher. 

Delighted that Daithí is joining us for a second year at  Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds and we extend another warm welcome to him.

Flute - Cein Sweeney

Flute - Cein Sweeney

Céin Sweeney - We welcome for the first time, Céin Sweeney who is from Killeshandra, County Cavan, a small town in west Cavan with a proud reputation of solid Irish music. Céin has toured many places such as Spain, America and across the UK with many groups. Céin also won the All Ireland Senior Flute in 2015. Céin has taught music across the whole of Ireland at various workshops, festivals and Fleadh Cheoils. He is a key member on the new album of Carlos, Sweeney, McCartin entitled Jigs and Reels which is being launched on the Saturday evening of the festival.

This is Céin's first visit to Féile Chéoil Larry Reynolds and we like to extend a very warm welcome to him.

Fiddle - Mick Conneely

Fiddle - Mick Conneely

Mick conneely - Mick is one of the most acclaimed and respected fiddle players in the Irish tradition. To date he has played, toured and recorded with many artists, most notably De Danann, recording one studio album 'Wonderwaltz' with the band in 2010. In 2001 his debut solo album ‘Selkie’ was released to critical acclaim on the prestigious boutique trad label Cló Iar-Chonnacht and he has recorded on numerous albums to date. Mick is a leading exponent of the 6-string Greek bouzouki in Irish traditional music. Mick continues to collaborate with David Munnelly promoting their duet album 'Tis What It Is'. 

This is Mick's second visit to Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds workshops and again we extend a very warm welcome to him !

Concertina - Jack Talty

Concertina - Jack Talty

Delighted to welcome Jack Talty to Feile Cheoil Larry Reynolds who is an internationally renowned traditional concertina and piano player from Lissycasey, west county Clare. Jack is a BA and BMus graduate of University College Cork, where he was awarded the Seán Ó Riada Memorial Prize, the Mary V. Hart Memorial Award and a UCC Societies Guild Bene Merente Award. An experienced performer, Jack has toured extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, the USA, Australia, and Asia, and he has contributed to over 70 commercially-released albums as a performer, producer, composer, arranger, and audio engineer. Jack is the artistic director of the Irish traditional music label, Raelach Records, which he founded in 2011. He also co-founded and is co-director of the award-winning Ensemble Ériu. Jack performs regularly as a soloist, as a duet with fellow concertina player, Cormac Begley, and since 2013, he has performed as the principal concertina player and section leader with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra.

This is Jack's first visit to Féile Cheoil Larry Reynolds and we would like to extend a very warm welcome to him.

Banjo - Páraic Mac Donnchadha

Banjo  - Páraic Mac Donnchadha

'Páraic Mac Donnchadha, a native of Killupane, Ahascragh, launches his CD ‘Not Before Time…39 Years in the Making’ or “Thar Am” at this year’s Larry Reynolds Festival. Páraic has waited almost four decades before recording this exceptional memorial to Giants of the tradition, with whom he has been fortunate to play over the years. The music of several icons such as Paddy Fahey, Paddy Kelly, Paddy Carty and Conor Tully imbues the eighteen tracks on the CD, where Páraic has been joined by a great team of top class performers including Cormac Begley (concertina), Graham Guerin (accordion), Claire Egan (fiddle/viola), Mac Dara Mac Donncha (Uilleann Pipes), Macdara Ó Faoláin (bouzouki), Terence O’Reilly (Guitar), Libby McCrohan (Bouzouki), Sinéad Nic Dhonncha (Keyboards), Colm Murphy (bodhrán) and Noel O’Grady (bouzouki). 

Páraic played with Larry many years ago in the famous "Village Coachhouse" in Brookline, Boston, USA when he spent a Summer working there and has fond memories of those great sessions. Páraic, his father the renowned sean-nós singer, Seán ‘Ac Dhonncha and brothers and sister played sessions here in Ballinasloe in the Cellar Bar and in Minnie Sullivan’s pub, with other well-known emigrant musicians such as Mairtín Byrnes from Chapelfinnerty, who lived much of his life in London and some great local musicians, over many years.

Páraic is delighted to return with this year’s Festival, to the home of so many pleasurable, musical memories and we wish to extend him a very warm welcome. 

Bodhran - Mairtin Gavin

Bodhran - Mairtin Gavin

Due to high demand Feíle Cheoil Larry Reynolds are delighted to add Mairtin to the tutors line up.

About Larry

About Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds was a renowned Fiddle player from Ahascragh, Ballinasloe who emigrated to Boston over sixty years ago...Read more ›

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