05 August 2010

“Probably the best accordionist in Ireland” The New York Times on Jackie Daly

In ancient folklore, three is a magic number, and you can expect the combined talents of Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion) and John Faulkner (guitar) to let loose the Sliabh Luachra genie from the bottle on this Music Network tour from 14 – 23 September 2010. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost music ensembles at affordable prices in venues around Ireland and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is revenue funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or

Famed for spell-binding sessions that delve into the musical trove of the Sliabh Luachra region, (a mountainous region on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry renowned for its unique repertoire of slides and polkas as well as its very distinctive style of playing), squeezebox maestro Jackie Daly and acclaimed fiddler Matt Cranitch will be joined by the much-lauded singer and composer John Faulkner. Though Jackie and Matt are both steeped in the rich musical traditions of Sliabh Luachra, this collaboration with singer John Faulkner is very much a celebration of the here and now, the “living stream” of Irish music.  An acclaimed songwriter and composer, John Faulkner is a heartfelt performer who has traded lines with the likes of Ewan MacColl, Dolores Keane, Arty McGlynn and John Prine. Button accordion wizard Jackie Daly needs little introduction to trad fans, and his work with legendary groups such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Arcady and Kinvara is testament to his versatility. Former Fleadh Cheoil winner and master fiddler Matt Cranitch is a founder member of the group Sliabh Notes, as well as a highly respected authority on and teacher of Irish traditional music.  

The words ‘Button Accordion’ and ‘Jackie Daly’ are synonymous in the world of Irish traditional music. Described in the New York Times as “probably the best accordionist in Ireland”, Jackie was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork, where he grew up surrounded by the rich music tradition of Sliabh Luachra. One of the greatest influences on his early musical development was Ballydesmond fiddle-player, Jim Keeffe, a pupil of the renowned Sliabh Luachra fiddle-master, Pádraig O’Keeffe. Over the years, Jackie’s lifelong affinity with fiddle-music resulted in two highly acclaimed albums featuring fiddle and accordion, one with the late Cork-based musician Séamus Creagh, and the second with Kevin Burke. Jackie was a central figure in some of the most dominant groups playing Irish music in recent times. His performances with bands such as De Danann, Patrick Street, Buttons and Bows, Arcady, Reel Union and Kinvara all attest to his wonderful music and versatility. However, it is the style and repertoire of Sliabh Luachra music that has made the most significant impression on his accordion playing, a fact well exemplified through his various solo recordings. He has toured extensively and has also taught. In 2005, he received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (National Music Award), and, in 2009, the Kanturk Arts Festival Award.

Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle-player and teacher, both at home in Ireland and abroad. He has performed extensively at concerts and festivals, as well as on radio and television, and has presented lectures, master-classes and workshops on various aspects of Irish music. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. Author of The Irish Fiddle Book, first published in 1988 and now in its fourth edition, he has also contributed to other books on Irish traditional music. Currently, he plays with Sliabh Notes, with whom he has recorded three highly-acclaimed albums. Among his other recordings is Éistigh Seal which consists entirely of slow airs. An authority on the Sliabh Luachra fiddle-style, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Limerick in 2006 for his study entitled ‘Pádraig O’Keeffe and The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Tradition’. A long-time consultant for the Geantraí series on TG4, he is also an advisor to the Arts Council Deis scheme for the traditional arts, and is on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (2007–2010). In 2003, he received the ‘University College Cork Hall of Fame Award’ in recognition of his contribution made to Irish traditional music.

For more than 25 years, John Faulkner has enjoyed a career as an acclaimed musician and singer/songwriter, first as a member of the group that gathered around the noted songwriter Ewan MacColl in London during the 1960s and early ’70s, and later as a mainstay of Reel Union, the band that he founded with Dolores Keane. His song, ‘Lion in a Cage’ about Nelson Mandela, which featured as the title track of Keane’s fifth album, remains a powerful protest song to this day. His keen interest in ethnic music of all kinds eventually drew him to the strong living tradition of music in Ireland. Ancestrally from Dublin and Kildare, he has lived in the west of Ireland for many years, collaborating with the finest singers and musicians of the Irish tradition. He has performed extensively throughout the world, sharing the stage with many other musicians, among them Kevin Burke, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, De Dannan as well as US legend John Prine. He features on sixteen albums, two of which are solo recordings. He has composed music for documentary films, and was co-writer of the music for the award-winning children’s TV series Bagpuss. Currently, he is Galway City and County Musician in Residence.

On Tour:  Tuesday 14th September, DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM), Thursday 16th September, THURLES (The Source Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Friday 17th September, AVOCA, WICKLOW (Conary Community Hall, 8:00 PM), Saturday 18th September, BAILE MHÚIRNE (Ionad Cultúrtha, 8:30 PM), Sunday 19th September, WATERVILLE (Tech Amergin, 8:30 PM), Monday 20th September, CLIFDEN (Station House Theatre, 10:00 PM), Wednesday 22nd September, BELMULLET (Áras Inis Gluaire, 8:00 PM), Thursday 23rd September MULLINGAR (Mullingar Arts Centre, 8:00 PM).


Music Network presents
The Living Stream (Ireland)
Traditional Irish Music Tour
14 – 23 September 2010

Matt Cranitch, fiddle
Jackie Daly, accordion
John Faulkner, guitar, bouzouki, voice

Tuesday 14th September
The Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €40 / €15 / €10
Booking: 01 6719429 or
Promoted by: Music Network
Thursday 16th September
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €18 / €16
Booking: 0504 90204 or
Promoted by: The Source Arts Centre

Friday 17th September    
Conary Community Hall, Avoca, Co. Wicklow
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €13
Booking: 087 2334714
Promoted by: Conary Community Arts

Saturday 18th September
Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Co. Chorcaí
Start Time: 8:30 PM
Ticket Prices: €20 / €15
Booking: 026 45733
Promoted by: Ionad Cultúrtha

Sunday 19th September
Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry
Start Time: 8:30 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €12
Booking: 066 9478956
Promoted by: Tech Amergin

Monday 20th September
Station House Theatre, Clifden Co. Galway
Start Time: 10:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €12 / €10
Booking: 095 21699
Promoted by: Clifden Arts Society
Wednesday 22nd September
Áras Inis Gluaire, Áisleann Bhéal an Mhuirthead, Belmullett, Co. Mayo
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €12
Booking: 097 81079
Promoted by: Áras Inis Gluaire

Thursday 23rd September
Mullingar Arts Centre, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: €15 / €12
Booking: 044 9347777    
Promoted by: Mullingar Arts Centre


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