Paudie O’Connor (box) and Aoife Ní Chaoimh (fiddle)

As part of Music in the Historic Quarter, an initiative of the Contemporary Music Centre, Music Network is presenting a free coffee concert with a performance by acclaimed traditional Irish musicians Paudie O’Connor (box) and Aoife Ní Chaoimh (fiddle), on Tuesday 31st August from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. at The Coach House, Dublin Castle. This is a free concert but ticketed. Tickets can be booked on Tel: 01 671 9429.

Born in Ballyhar, Co. Kerry, Paudie O’Connor is a box player well grounded in his local Sliabh Luachra tradition as well as being . He learned much of his music during his childhood from local heroes such as Johnny O Leary, Denis McMahon, Anne and Nicky McAulliffe and Jimmy Doyle. Such influences are reflected in both the style and repertoire of his acclaimed 2005 CD release, “Different State”, a collection of dance music and slow airs from the Sliabh Luachra and Munster tradition. The album was listed in The Irish Times best five albums of 2005. Paudie’s music also featured on the album, “The County Bounds”, a 1999 Ossian Records production featuring a compilation of music from the Cork-Kerry Border including contributions from Johnny O Leary, Jackie Daly and Peadar O’Riada.

On “Different State”, Paudie is joined by his wife Aoife Ní Chaoimh, a fiddle player from Tralee, Co. Kerry. Aoife learned her music from local teachers Anne and Nicky McAulliffe. She plays a style very much in synch with the Sliabh Luachra tradition and contributes much to unique settings and rhythm that typifies their duet playing. Paudie and Aoife’s music features regularly at music festivals both in Ireland and abroad and has been broadcasted on many RTÉ and TG4 programmes including the “The Late Session Live from Liberty Hall” series of concerts in 2003.

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