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Brid Harper and Tony O'Connell

  • 11 Mar 2016
  • 8:00 PM
  • Shannon Suite

Brid Harper, (fiddle) and Tony O'Connell, (concertina) will grace us with their fabulous traditional music, and we can't wait!! Doors will open at 7.30 with Angela Usher and Debbie Garvey kicking off the night at 8pm. Brid Harper and Tony O'Connell will then take to the stage ...at 9pm. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from the Chorlton Club: 0161 881 2898 or from


*ALSO, Brid Harper will be holding a fiddle workshop on Sat 12th March at 12pm in the Chorlton Irish Club. The workshop will last for 1 hour and costs; £7 each.

Brid Harper:

Bríd Harper is originally from Castlefinn Co Donegal and is now living near Dungannon Co Tyrone. She has been hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time and many of Ireland’s traditional musicians cite her as having been a major influence. In 1988 she won all three major titles-the Senior All Ireland, the Oireachtas and the Fiddler of Dooney. She is highly respected both as a performer and a teacher and has been featured many times on RTE RnaG TG4 and BBC. Bríd has toured extensively and performed with numerous giants of traditional music including Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney. Her long awaited debut solo album launched in August 2015 has been well received and has enjoyed much success to date.

Tony O'Connell:

Tony O'Connell hailes from Glin in West Limerick, an area rich in tradition situated just north of the Sliabh Luachra region of Ireland. He began playing music at the age of ten and won the All-Ireland concertina under-18 titles for three consecutive years and then went on to win the prestigious senior all-Ireland titles aged 18. His distinctive yet traditional style can be described as a steady pulsating rhythm – characteristic for the west of Ireland – while he sets himself apart from other players due to his melodic and harmonic variations, polyphonic playing and his strong dynamic expression.

Being a professional musician for over 20 years, Tony has toured Europe, Asia and America, and has collaborated with some of the most acknowledged players from within the Irish music tradition.
He recorded his first album in 2005 with Leitrim fiddle player Andy Morrow accompanied by Arty McGlynn. This album was voted number two in the Irish Echo 'Ceol' column's albums of the year and is surely one of the best traditional duo-albums ever recorded. Three years later he went on to record a second album with legendary fiddle player Ben Lennon, who again hails from Co. Leitrim. This album is called Rossinver Braes after one of his brother Charlie Lennon's original tunes featured on the recording. Both albums have had great reviews and acknowledgements throughout the Irish traditional music world over the last few years.

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