Of interest to East Coast US Irtrad-ers, I hope:
Legendary Irish fiddler, flute player and past Tulla Ceili Band member
Peadar O'Loughlin (with piper Ronan Browne) will be appearing in concert
for the Phila. Ceili Group (6815 Emlen St., Phila.) on Thurs., Apr. 6, at 8
PM. Tickets are $20; Ceili Group members $15.
Word is spreading up and down the East Coast, and a large turnout is
expected for this rare and wonderful musical event. Advance tickets
(strongly recommended) are
available. Email: <[log in to unmask]>. Call: (610) 925-6235,
business hours / (610) 486-2220, after 5PM.
Peadar O'Loughlin was born in 1929 in the same house in Kilmaley, Co. Clare
where he lives today. He remembers his father: "a good flute player,
fiddler, concertina player…the best of his three was the concertina." His
mother played concertina, but as Peadar says with only slight exaggeration,
"Every woman in west Clare played the concertina in those days!" Peadar
was the second youngest of 13 children. All of his older brothers & one
sister played music. Peadar himself took up fiddle & flute, later adding
the uilleann pipes to his musical armory.
In 1958 Peadar joined the legendary Tulla Ceili Band, just missing their
triumphal trip to New York earlier that year, but he was with the band when
they returned to America in 1961. At that time, Irish music scholar Brendan
Breathnach recruited him to record ‘Seancheoil Ar An Sean-Nós’, a duet
collaboration with fiddler Aggie Whyte (of the old Ballinakill Ceili Band)
which has become a sought after collector's item. In the later 60's, Peadar
joined the Inis Cealtra Quartet, which included virtuoso fiddler Seamus
Connolly & the late button accordion great Paddy O'Brien of
Tipperary. Peadar’s fiddling & flute playing are prominently featured on
‘The Southwest Wind’, a 1989 CD with piper Ronan Browne, & its lovely 2002
follow-up, ‘Touch Me If You Dare’. His recent recording with Maeve
Donnelly, ‘The Thing Itself’, is a masterpiece.