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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The Vallelys in Hollywood

“Niall, Cillian and Caoimhín have all had a very busy summer of gigs with Lunasa, Buille and various other projects throughout Europe and North America. Now they’re getting ready to do their first Irish tour together. Starting in Cork on September 17th they’ll be heading off around the country with Scottish guitarist Ross Martin. They’ll be hitting Castlebar, Hollywood, Limerick, Carrick on Shannon and Armagh before ending up in Belfast on the 27th.”

Having hosted the three Vallely brothers at previous festivals in one or another incarnation, Cillian (Uillean Pipes) in 2007, Niall (Concertina) and Caoimhín (Piano & Fiddle) as Buille in 2006 & 2009, we are delighted to once again welcome them to Hollywood!

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The Vallely Brothers, Caoimhín, Cillian & Niall

Although Niall & Caoimhín are in Buille together, and Niall & Cillian have both toured and recorded together (Callan Bridge – 2002), this is first tour which the three brothers have all embarked on together, with Scottish guitarist Ross Martin joining them.

This concert will no doubt feature strong influences of jazz, classical and even blues notes, as is often encountered in Builles distinct take on Traditional music. Couple this with the “Acoustically superb” setting of St. Kevins Church of Ireland and you will have something special indeed!

Here are a couple of small tastes of what to expect, (as this will be the guys first tour together there is understandably not much of them together available), first up is a short clip from Music Under The Mountains 2007 featuring Cillian, alongside fellow Lunasa member Seán Smith and Hollywood native Tony Davoren;

And a bit of Niall & Caoimhín as Buille at 2009’s Open House Festival in Belfast;

The Vallely Brothers perform at Music Under The Mountains 2014

Venue: St. Kevins church of Ireland, Hollywood, Saturday September 20th

Time: 8.00 pm

Admission: €15

Ensemble Ériu

“Ensemble Ériu, a septet led by Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen draw on a wealth of creative sources to perform arrangements of Irish traditional music rooted in the styles of West and North County Clare.”

With recent rave reviews and having been described by John Kelly of RTE Lyric FM as “An extraordinary band” and “Something Special” this is certainly not a gig to be missed!

The unique sound of Ensemble Ériu will be a treat to listen to as they perform in the equally unique setting of St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland, which has time and time again proved to be a fantastic setting for any concert!

Check them out in the short clip below;

Ensemble Ériu play at Music Under The Mountains 2014 in St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland, Hollywood.

Doors: 8.00 pm

Admission: €15