We are delighted to welcome the amazing talented trio of Ciaran Tourish (fiddle), Kevin Doherty(guitar/singer) and James Delaney(piano/keyboards) to headline our Saturday night concert. The concert kicks off 8pm in the Ballyliffen hotel on Saturday the 13th of October. Definitely not to be missed!
Admission is €10.
Ciarán Tourish, is singled out amid the hotbed of great traditional musicians in Donegal and that is no small accomplishment. Tourish grew up surrounded by the very best Irish traditional musicians, including fiddler Dinny McLaughlin, who came from his hometown of Buncrana. Young Ciarán’s upbringing provided him with plenty of chances to steep himself in Ireland’s true music tradition. Dinny McLaughlin began teaching him the fiddle at a very young age, wooing his protégé away from an early start on the whistle, and grounding him in a mastery which led him to play on the International stages around the world today.
Tourish, who continues to play whistle as a second instrument, is now recognized as one of the premier contemporary Irish fiddlers and a former member of one of Ireland ‘s most beloved super-groups. His quick ear and a love of harmony has led to him collaborate on several non-Altan (and non-Irish) music projects, with a wide range of musicians and singer, including Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Martin O’Connor, Dolores Keane, De Danann, and American musicians Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien.
Kevin has been playing on the international stage for fifteen years. He developed his craft in his hometown of Buncrana, in County Donegal – reading voraciously, listening avidly and getting to play sessions with some of the best traditional musicians in the country. As a member of the Super-Group ‘Four Men and A Dog’, Kevin has toured the world constantly and recorded four albums – two in Ireland (‘shifting gravel’ and ‘maybe tonight’) and two in Woodstock, New York, (‘Dr A’s and Long Roads’) in the home of music legend Levon Helm of ‘The Band’. It was in that same studio, with the expert help of ‘The Band’ and ‘Mercury Rev’ producer Aaron Hurwitz, that Doherty recorded his first solo record ‘Strange Weather’. Levon Helm guested on drums and so did the late Rick Danko, who Kevin joined for many gigs on the East Coast of the states.
More recently Kevin has joined with pianist James Delaney to form a strong musical friendship which led to his recent album ,’SweetWater’ The album also featured the great Late Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, from WINGS
Also joining will be James Delaney. James was the keyboard player of choice for most discerning musicians and bands in Dublin’s Rock N Roll scene in the seventies and eighties. Bands like ‘Stagalee’, ‘Rob Strong & the Rockets’ and the ‘Red Peters Blues Band’ were quick to snap up such a precocious and exciting young talent – and his career and reputation has not slowed down ever since. Delaney remains the ‘go-to keyboard player’ for his individuality, creative flair, his great groove and intimate acquaintance with a wide range of musical styles ..all delivered with real panache and character. He has been described as ‘eccentric’ by music critics but they also say he one of the most exciting and creative keyboard players ever!