Music Network: The Living Stream Tour

Jackie Daly (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle) and John Faulkner (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) are the line-up for this Music Network national tour, from the 14th to the 23rd of September, “letting loose the Sliabh Luachra genie from the bottle” as the publicity material states. It goes on:

“Though Jackie and Matt are both steeped in the rich musical traditions of the 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 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 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 Coach House
8 p.m., €15 / €10 (conc)/ €40 (family)
Tel: 01 671 9429
Promoted by Music Network
Book Tickets

The Source Arts Centre
8 p.m., €18 / €16
Tel: 0504 90204 or
Promoted by The Source Arts Centre
Conary Community Hall
8 p.m., €15 / €13
Tel. 087 2334714
Promoted by Conary Community Arts
Ionad Cultúrtha
8:30 PM, €20 / €15
Tel. 026 45733
Promoted by Ionad Cultúrtha
Tech Amergin
8:30 PM, €15 / €12
Tel: 066 9478956
Promoted by Tech Amergin
Station House Theatre
10:00 p.m., €12 / €10
Tel: 095 21699
Promoted by Clifden Arts Society
Áras Inis Gluaire
8 p.m., €15 / €12
Tel: 097 81079
Promoted by Áras Inis Gluaire
Mullingar Arts Centre
8 p.m., €15 / €12
Tel. 044 9347777
Promoted by Mullingar Arts Centre

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.


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