A Tribute to Seamus Creagh

A Tribute to Seamus Creagh

Date: 15th March 2019
Time: 8pm
Venue: Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music


15 & 10 conces

Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch, Greenshine, Siobhan Peoples, Beanie O Dell, Amelia Baker, Eoin O Riabhaigh & Aidan Coffey, Caoimh & Eimhear Flannery . With Fear a'Tí - William (Hammy) Hammond

Tickets €15 / €10 Conc available from here - events.cit.ie

Presented by Cork Folk Festival in association with CIT

The 15th of March 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Séamus Creagh. The Cork Folk Festival and musician friends of Seamus have put together this concert to pay a tribute to this wonderful traditional musician.

Seamus was born in Killucan in County Westmeath in 1946. In 1967 he made trip to Baltimore in West Cork, just for a weekend - this trip started his long association with Cork, it’s traditional music and musicians. In 1977 Seamus Creagh made his first recording with accordion player Jackie Daly on the Gael Linn label. This album is now generally acknowledged as one of the seminal recordings of the music of Sliabh Luachra. In the late 80’s while in Newfoundland he recorded the CD ‘The Brule Boys in Paris’ with the group Tickle Harbour and a solo CD ‘Came the Dawn’.

When Seamus returned to Cork, he recorded with Aidan Coffey, with Con O Drisceoil and Hammy Hamilton on the CD ‘It's no Secret’ and a CD ‘Island to Island’ with musicians from Cork to Newfoundland. His final recording before his untimely death in 2009 was a double CD ‘Tunes for Practice’. This recording is a legacy from Séamus for all who would like to learn his music.

Each year since 2010 in St. John’s Newfoundland, a traditional music festival is run in memory of Séamus.

For many years, accordion maestro Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch on fiddle have been among the foremost interpreters of the rich Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music. Their new album, Rolling On, draws upon this rich legacy. As Dan Neely said in the NY Irish Echo, “Separately, they are brilliant to hear but together they are sublime.” Matt and Jackie are spreading the popularity of Sliabh Luachra music all over Ireland and North America, from Allihies to Newfoundland and from Clifton to the Catskill Mountains.

GREENSHINE is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others.

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