The Kane Sisters and Edel Fox @ the Carlow Folk Club

18 February at 09:00 @ The Carlovian Bar, Teach Dolmain, Carlow

Hi All!
We have another great night of music lined up for the club on Friday, Feb 18th. Thanks again to those who came along to our last outing. We had a deadly night of music and craic. This time we welcome back Liz and Yvonne Kane on fiddles and Edel Fox on concertina. The Kane sisters provided a very memorable night in the club many years ago and it still ranks as one of the best gigs so far upstairs!

Liz and Yvonne create a highly exciting and vibrant sound. These sisters come from the outskirts of Letterfrack, a village in Connemara. With a musical tradition on both sides of the family, it was only natural for the girls to play music. They began learning from their grandfather Jimmy Mullin. Along with their grandfather the recordings of the Rainey brothers, travelling fiddle players who visited Letterfrack and the surrounding areas were an influence. Yvonne and Liz consider their style to be heavily influenced by South Sligo fiddle playing, the music of East Galway and in particular the fiddle playing and compositions of Paddy Fahey. In recent years, the sisters have been privileged to meet and play with Paddy whose music plays a central role in their repertoire. The recordings of Michael Coleman, Hughie Gillespie, Andy McGann and Kathleen Collins have also made an impact on their music.

Liz and Yvonne first came to national and international prominence during the three year period in which they toured with accordion player, Sharon Shannon as members of her band, The Woodchoppers. They travelled all over the world with her band and are featured artists on Sharon’s album ‘The Diamond Mountain Sessions’. At that time, a Hot Press review by Siobhan Long confirmed ‘…while ‘Fire in their Bellies’ (with Liz and Yvonne Kane) is ensemble playing at its best and most naked.’

Edel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. She began playing at the age of 7 and was fortunate to be brought up in an area and environment where traditional music was in abundance. Edel learnt much of her music from concertina players Noel Hill, Dymphna O’Sullivan, Tim Collins and Tony O’Connell as well as local musicians such as Pete Haugh, Michael Mahoney and Peadar Crotty. Over the years, Edel’s playing has been hugely influenced by the music and recordings of Willie Clancy, Bobby Casey, Junior Crehan and Mrs. Crotty, to name but a few. Edel spent much of her teenage years playing with, and learning from Jackie Daly, who she cites as one of her influences. In 2004, Edel was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year). Since then she has travelled extensively as both a teacher and performer of the tradition. She is one of the most accomplished Irish musicians of her generation. She is a regular performer on Irish National Radio and has performed at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. . In addition to being an engaging performer, Edel is an insightful and patient teacher, specializing in the repertoire of her native soil. She is on staff at the prestigious Willie Clancy Summer School in her home town, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. She also teaches annually at festivals in the US, including the Irish Arts Week Festival in East Durham, New York and the Elkins Irish Week in Augusta, West Virginia.

We would love to see you come along, not only for the support of the venture that is our traditional folk club, but to create that unique atmosphere that visiting musicians find so special in the Carlovian. The gig is, as usual in Teach Dolmain, Carlow. It starts at 9.30pm and admission is €15. Give me a ring on 086-0877115 if you need any more info.
Thank you, see you there.
Dave

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