Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly in Concert - Music of Sliabh Luachra

30th September 2022
Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly in Concert - Music of Sliabh Luachra

Presented by MTU & Cork Folk Festival //

Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly in Concert

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Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch are acknowledged masters of the rich musical tradition of Sliabh Luachra in the southwest of Ireland. This culturally unique area on the Cork/Kerry border is renowned for its distinctive style of playing and special repertoire of tunes, and has been for many years a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt. In both their performances and on their recordings, they draw upon this rich legacy.

Matt and Jackie are the benchmark of the current generation of Sliabh Luachra musicians. … This is the definitive voice of Sliabh Luachra in our generation. – Sally Sommers Smith, Irish Music Magazine.

Jackie and Matt have performed throughout the world, individually and with groups who have set the standard for Irish traditional music. They have established enviable personal reputations. Their playing together, on CD and in live performances, displays not only virtuosity, but their respect, love and deep understanding of this vibrant musical tradition.

It’s a rare thing how easily and naturally Daly and Cranitch’s music articulates together, and through it one can sense the rare reverence they not only have for each other, but for the shared tradition they represent.Dan Neely, Irish Echo, NY.

In addition to their own individual recordings, they have made two albums together: The Living Stream and Rolling On. Both of these CDs feature a wide range of tunes, old and new, from slides and polkas to reels and airs, played in the wonderfully expressive manner for which Jackie and Matt are justly famous. And again to quote Dan Neely in the NY Echo: “Separately, they are brilliant to hear but together they are sublime.” On Rolling On, they are joined by guest musicians: Conal Ó Gráda (flute), Geraldine O’Callaghan (fiddle) and Paul De Grae (guitar). These wonderful musicians add a further dimension to an album destined to become a classic of the genre.

It’s a beautifully observed musical portrait of a region and music that stands out so distinctively on the traditional map. – TradConnect.

CDs available from local record shops and online: Custys MusicCladdagh Records


Jackie Daly (accordion)

The words ‘Button Accordion’ and ‘Jackie Daly’ are synonymous in the world of Irish traditional music. Described in the New York Times as “probably the best accordionist in Ireland”, Jackie was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork, where he grew up surrounded by the rich music tradition of Sliabh Luachra. One of the greatest influences on his early musical development was Ballydesmond fiddle-player, Jim O’Keeffe, a pupil of the famous Sliabh Luachra fiddle-master, Pádraig O’Keeffe. Over the years, Jackie’s lifelong affinity with fiddle-music has resulted in highly-acclaimed albums featuring fiddle and accordion – with the late Cork-based musician Séamus Creagh, with Kevin Burke, with Máire O’Keeffe, and now with Matt Cranitch. Jackie was a central figure in some of the most dominant groups playing Irish music in recent times. His performances throughout the world with bands such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara all attest to his wonderful music and versatility. However, it is the style and repertoire of the Sliabh Luachra tradition that has made the most significant impression on his accordion-playing, a fact well exemplified by his performances and recordings. He was honoured in 2005 with the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award. Also, he has received the Kanturk Arts Festival Award in 2009, M.J. Quill Irish Cultural Center (NY) Award in 2014, and the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival (Castleisland) Award in 2019.

Matt Cranitch (fiddle)

Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle-player and teacher, both at home in Ireland and abroad. He has performed extensively at concerts and festivals, on radio and television, and has presented lectures, master-classes and workshops on various aspects of Irish music. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. Author of The Irish Fiddle Book, first published in 1988 and now in its fourth edition, he has also contributed to other books on Irish traditional music. He has made various albums, including those with Na Filí, Any Old Time and Sliabh Notes, in addition to Éistigh Seal which consists entirely of slow airs. He is an authority on the music of Sliabh Luachra, and received a PhD from the University of Limerick for his study on the fiddle-playing tradition of this region. He has taught a number of courses in Irish traditional music during various years at University College Cork. A long-time consultant for the Geantraí series on TG4 (Irish-language TV), he is a former adviser to the Irish Arts Council scheme for the traditional arts, and has served on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. He has received various accolades, including: University College Cork Hall of Fame Award in 2003; M.J. Quill Irish Cultural Center (NY) Award in 2014; Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival (Castleisland) Award in 2017