Best of Irish presents The Music of DublinTraditional Tour Kevin Glackin, fiddle, Seán Potts, uilleann pipes, Paul McGratton, flute, Sean Tyrrell, guitar and vocals
The first of this season’s Best of Irish tours charts Dublin's musical heritage. Contrary to the popular perception of traditional Irish music being primarily a rural pursuit, music has been a powerful force in the capital for generations, with Dublin acting as a melting pot for the various regional styles. This blend is reflected in the line-up: Kevin Glackin comes from a family steeped in the fiddle playing of west Donegal, Sean Tyrell learnt his singing in his native Galway, while Sean Potts and Paul McGrattan continue a great tradition of Dublin music, inspired by the great masters of previous generations.
All four players are at the top their game. Kevin has toured all over the USA, Europe and Asia and recorded or guested on numerous CDs, including Forgotten Days with piper Davy Spillane which was voted Best Traditional Album of the year 2001 by the readers of Irish Music Magazine. Sean Potts has performed extensively over the years, recording with the Donal Lunny Band, Bakerswell and releasing his début solo CD entitled Sean Potts, Uilleann Pipes to critical acclaim. Apart from playing with the band 'Beginish' Paul McGrattan has released two successful solo, The Frost is all over in 1992 and Keelwest which was released to much critical acclaim in December 2002, while Sean Tyrell has just about done it all, whether touring worldwide as a soloist and alongside the likes of Tommy Peoples, Davy Spillane and Paddy Keenan, or playing on albums such the The Orchard, voted Best Folk Album of 1999 by Irish Music Magazine.
Kevin Glackin comes from a family that is synonymous with Irish traditional fiddle playing. His father Tom came from the Rosses in west Donegal an area renowned for having produced fine fiddle players. Under his fathers guidance Kevin started playing at the age of six years. He is currently working on a solo CD. Kevin is a founding member of “Scoiltrad Teoranta” the worlds first on line interactive music school. He also currently teaches music at the Dublin Institute of Techonology in Rathmines.
Sean Potts was born in Dublin in 1967. The Potts name has long been synonymous with traditional music in Dublin and Sean continues an important tradition of piping in the family that dates back to his great grandfather John Potts, a piper from Co Wexford who moved to the capital early in the 20th century. Sean's father, Sean Sr., was a founder member of The Chieftains and is honorary life president of Na Piobairi Uilleann, the association of uilleann pipers. His granduncle Tommy Potts was one of Ireland's most unique fiddle players while Eddie Potts, another granduncle, was also a piper and fiddle player of note. Sean has toured and performed extensively over the years and has been a part of the Music Network line-up on a number of occasions in the past. Sean plays in a closed-fingering, vibrant style, influenced largely by the great piping masters Seamus Ennis, Tommy Reck and Willie Clancy. He also identifies his contemporaries as having a profound effect on his music especially pipers such as Ronan Browne, Robbie Hannan and Joe McLaughlin.
Paul McGrattan was born in Dublin in 1967. He began playing the flute at the age of 10 and received his first lessons from Paddy Tracey, a flute player originally from Kilconnell, Co. Galway. Paul’s native parish of Navan Road was a hotbed of flute and whistle players and he was fortunate to receive lessons from players such as John Egan (Riverstown, Co Sligo), Paddy Bán Ó Broin (Dublin) and Chieftain’s founder member Seán Potts. Paul spent many summers as a child in the village of Kilcar in Southwest Donegal and developed a love of the Donegal style of fiddle playing, in particular the music of the Doherty family.
On Tour: Tues 20 Jan Clifden (Alcock and Brown Hotel), Wed 21 Jan Castlebar (Linenhall Arts Centre), Fri 23 Jan Drogheda (Droichead Arts Centre), Sat 24 Jan Lanesborough (St. Mary’s Hall), Sun 25 Jan New Ross (St. Michael’s Theatre), Mon 26 Jan Kilkenny (Watergate Theatre), Tues 27 Jan Dublin (Bank of Ireland Arts Centre), Wed 28 Jan Limerick (Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square), Thurs 29 Jan Listowel (St. John's Arts and Heritage Centre)