Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou

Music Under The Mountains are delighted to welcome two giants of Breton Music to Hollywood for an intimate performance in St. Kevins Church of Ireland, Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou.

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Born on the north coast of Brittany, Jean-Michel Veillon was first a dancer and then a bombard* player in his teens. He then started to play the transverse wooden flute, getting his first influences from various Irish flute players, but then created distinct articulation techniques, more adapted to the Breton music.

Jean-Michel toured Europe and the U.S extensively from the 1980’s until today as a founder member of the highly praised KORNOG, PENNOU SKOULM, DEN, BARZAZ, TOUD’SAMES, Alain GENTY Group, Dan AR BRAZ & Heritage des Celtes, Jacques PELLEN & Celtic Procession  (jazz and trad fusion), and recently toured with the prestigious tabla player ZAKIR HUSSAIN, recording a live CD (« Distant Kin ») at the San Francisco Jazz Center together with Indian, Scottish and Irish musicians.

Widely credited with introducing the simple system wooden flute into Breton folk music and primarly responsible, through his intensive teaching efforts and hundreds of concerts and festivals appearances, for its enthusiastic adoption among many dozens of young musicians throughout Brittany, Jean-Michel has achieved widespread recognition as one of world’s premier traditional flute players.

[* Bombard : old type of very loud double reed oboe, almost an emblem of Brittany]

Yvon Riou, guitar player from the coast of Tregor*, started with playing the open tuning (dadgad type), popularized in Brittany by guitarists like Soïg SIBÉRIL and Gilles LE BIGOT. He later developed his own very personal style of accompaniment, both sensitive and energetic, which makes him sound like no other.

Yvon played with the breton bands SKOLVAN & PENNOÙ SKOULM and accompanied on several occasions famous Irish musicians like Brid HARPER or the trio Paul BRADLEY, Ger FITZGERALD & Joe Mc KENNA. He was also part of the  Brian Mc COMBE band with the Brittany-based bodhrán player and percussionist David « Hopi » HOPKINS, touring several times all over France and Poland.        

[*Tregor : beautiful part of northern Brittany, cuturally very rich and dynamic]

Created in 1993, the duo Veillon-Riou was the first flute and guitar duo dedicated to Breton music, playing in innumerable festoù-noz* in Brittany, but also in concert with a repertoire extending to Irish & Scottish music and beyond. Jean-Michel & Yvon have toured extensively in Ireland (recording a live album – « Beo »  – at the Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich in Belfast) but also played in Poland, Italy, England, USA and Canada). Their new album « Deus an Aod d’ar Menez » just came out in march 2017.

[Festoù-noz *(night-fests) : dance-evenings very popular all over Brittany]

 

 

Jean Michel Veillon & Yvon Rioux 

Venue: St. Kevins Church of Ireland, Hollywood Co. Wicklow

8pm November 11th 2017

Tickets €15*, available at musicunderthemountains.com/tickets

*Exclusive of booking fees*

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Michelle O’Brien & Damien Mullane

The wonderful Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle) returns to Hollywood for the second concert of Music Under The Mountains 2017, Michelle has previously performed on several occassions in the village, aswell as facilitating fiddle masterclasses with students of the Laura Greaves Music Bursary. Michelles recordings include an album with concertina player Aogan Lynch and guitarist Gavin Ralston and later an album with the band Providence. In 2013 she recorded a duet album with the harpist Laoise Kelly entitled “The Wishing Well”, which was hailed as a must have.

Michelle will be joined on the night by Damien Mullane (Accordion). In a short space of time Damien has a built up musical CV that any veteran musician would be proud of. Damien has won numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon and began his professional career as the accordionist in the legendary Frankie Gavin’s band De Dannan. In 2012 Damien released his debut album ‘13’, on which he collaboration with some of Ireland’s leading exponents such as Donogh Hennessy, Zoe Conway, John Joe Kelly, Trevor Hutchinson, Dessie Kelliher, Pauline Scanlon and Éamonn de Barra.

Also joining Michelle and Damien will be Toss The Fiddles, a local trio of musicians featuring Aoife Doyle, Orla Greaves & Rachel Conlon.

We hope you will join us for this spectacular night of music in St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland on Friday September 22nd. Tickets are available at musicunderthemountains.com.

Michelle and Damien will also be facilitating workshops in St Kevin’s Community Centre on Saturday September 23rd at 10.30 am. The cost of the workshops is €10, for further details just contact us!

Kevin Conneff, Tim Edey & Gay McKeon

The penultimate concert of this years festival features three giants of traditional music sharing the stage, these men could each perform a concert alone outright, so we are in for a right treat with the three of them together!

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Kevin Conneff is the bodhrán player and vocalist with The Chieftains and has been since 1976. Apart from his work with The Chieftains, he often works with other musicians in duos or trios. He also does solo gigs and workshops at home and abroad.

Tim Edey, BBC R2 Best musician of 2012, is born across the water in Co. Kent. Tim is both a successful solo and session artist with his recent album “Sailing Over the 7th String” produced by none other than Robin Wynn Evans (producer to The Manic street preachers). Tim’s CV is like a who’s who of Irish music – Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Mary Black, Altan, Begley & Cooney and Sharon Shannon to name a few.

Gay McKeon took an interest in uilleann piping in the 1960s under the tutelage of piper and pipe-maker Leo Rowsome at the Piper’s Club on Thomas Street in Dublin’s city centre. Leo had a profound influence on Gay’s playing as did the other musicians who taught at and visited the Club. After Leo Rowsome’s death in 1970, Gay sourced much of his repertoire from published collections.

Since the mid 1970s Gay has toured and recorded  extensively with artists including Christy Moore, Maddy Prior and June Tabor and has featured on many albums including The Drones and Chanters Volume 2 and The Piper’s Rock, as well as a solo album Irish Piping Tradition, and a trio CD The Dusty Miller with his two sons Conor and Seán. Gay has performed on three volumes of the tutor series The Art of Uilleann Piping and produced and directed publications including the Piper’s Choice DVD series and numerous CD recordings published by Na Píobairí Uilleann. Gay has been teaching piping nationally and internationally on a continuous basis for over forty years.

 

Joining Kevin, Tim and Gay on the night will be Feidhlim and Muireann Robinson, two wonderfully talented local musicians who will open up the evening for us!

And if the prospect of this gig isn’t enough we are delighted to say that both Kevin and Gay will be giving workshops in the Hollywood centre on the morning of September 23rd! Workshops are priced at €10, superb value for the caliber of musician you will be learning from! Non players are also welcome to attend and watch the workshops, depending on demand and space. Worshops will begin at 10.30am and run until 12.30pm. Further information on the workshops can be obtained by dropping us a message.

Again this is not a concert to miss! Tickets are on sale at musicunderthemountains.com.

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I Draw Slow return to Music Under The Mountains

After their spectacular performance last year, we had to ask the guys to come back and so Music Under The Mountains is delighted to welcome I Draw Slow back to Hollywood! Following on from the release of their latest album, Turn Your Face To The Sun, I Draw Slow have had quite the busy summer touring all over the US and Ireland. The album itself has been subject to rave reviews from both sides of the Atlantic.

 “Impressive roots, delivered with gusto and flair” – The Irish Times

“A group blending historically Irish storytelling with full Americana rhythms. Their newest album, Turn Your Face To The Sun, finds the band further developing their rich, one-of-a-kind sound…” – Elmore Magazine

“Whatever Americana scene there may be in Ireland, I Draw Slow have surely conquered it.” – The Sunday Times

 

This years concert will be particularly special as they will perform acoustically in St. Kevin’s Church in Hollywood, those of you who have been at such concerts in the church know that this will be something unmissable.

As is expected tickets are already selling fast! So book your tickets sooner rather than later at musicunderthemountains.com.

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Music Under The Mountains 2017

We are happy to announce the  line up for Music Under The Mountains 2017! 

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Music Under the Mountains 2017
Sept. 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2017

—–Thursday 21st—–

++++++Concert++++++

I Draw Slow

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland, Hollywood; 8.00 pm

Admission; €20

—–Friday 22nd—–

++++++Concert+++++

Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle)
Damien Mullane (Accordion)

Toss The Fiddles

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland, Hollywood; 8.00 pm

Admission; €20

—–Saturday 23rd—–

++++++Workshops++++++

Kevin Conneff (Bodhrán)
Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle)
Damien Mullane (Accordion)
Gay McKeon (Uilleann Pipes)
Traditional Swedish & Irish Music for Children (Margaretha Mattsson)

Hollywood Centre; 10.30 am

€10

++++++Music In The Woods++++++

  A sponsored walk through scenic Hollywood forest to the sound of live traditional music. A  true musical trail!

Meet in the village at 2 pm

++++++Concert++++++

Kevin Conneff (Bodhrán & Vocals)
Gay McKeon (Uilleann Pipes)
Tim Edey (Guitar & Accordion)

St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland; 6.00 pm

Admission €20

++++++Sessions++++++

Music from Brittany with Tom Lemmonier & Friends
Hollywood Inn; 7.30 pm

—–Sunday 25th—–

++++++Annual Singing Session++++++

Hosted by Daoirí Farrell

Tutty’s Bar; 12.30 pm

All singers welcome!

++++++Closing Concert++++++

The Voice Squad

St. Kevins Church of Ireland; 6.00 pm

Admission €20

++++++Sessions++++++

More music from Brittany with Tom Lemmonier & Friends
Hollywood Inn; 8.00 pm

+++++Plus more to be announced!+++++

+++++Weekend tickets available for €60 – covers admission to all events!+++++

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Line Up 2016 – 25th Anniversary!


Can’t believe its been 25 years already!

We are delighted to be able to share this years line up! Further information on tickets and the like will follow shortly. we are hoping to try migrate to online ticketing for this years festival so stay tuned here and on facebook for the latest details!

Tríona Marshall and Tim Edey in concert.

The acclaimed harpist of The Chieftains, Tríona Marshall will be joined by Scottish guitarist Tim Edey for a concert in St. Kevins Church of Ireland, Hollywood on July 10th to celebrate the launch of her new album “Between Two Ways”.

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Check out Tríonas Facebook page for some videos and soundbites of what to expect on the night, this event is sure to be a treat made all the better by being held in such a unique venue as St. Kevins!

Doors for the concert open at 8.00PM, further information is available on our Facebook page or the event page. For queries on bookings or directions you can contact us through this site our message us on Facebook!

Tríona Marshall, “Between Two Ways” launch.

Venue: St. Kevins church of Ireland, Hollywood

Time: 8.00 pm

The Dixie Micks in Poulaphouca

The Dixie Micks are launching their new CD, ‘Down in the City’, with a performance in Poulaphouca House, on Tuesday December 30th.

The new CD, which was recorded in Dublin, France and Germany, is a collection of songs and instrumentals that reflect the band’s eclectic approach to music.

The Dixie Micks first came together to perform in The Dixie Bar, in the well known French ski resort of Morzine, and over the last number of years have performed in Ireland, Wales, England and Hong Kong! With the release of ‘Down in the City’, and the increased exposure it will bring to the band, the lads are looking forward to a busy 2015!

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The Dixie Micks are: Mick McNamara (Vocals, Guitar, Bodhrán) Garry O’ Meara (Banjo, Mandolin, Backing Vocals) Paul Kelly (Fiddle, Mandolin) and Alan Doherty (Flute Whistles Percussion Backing Vocals).

The Dixie Micks launch their new CD “Down In The City”, December 30th 2014
Venue: Poulaphouca House
Time: 8.30
Admission: €15