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Pat O’Connor & Eoghan O’Sullivan at IAANJ by midatlanticcce
June 24, 2011, 9:39 am
Filed under: Concert, New Jersey

Pat O’Connor & Eoghan O’Sullivan at IAANJ

At IAANJ 6/25/11 8:00PM

Doors open 7:30

Concert with Session to follow. Free Parking, refreshments

PAT O’CONNOR comes from Ennis in County Clare and has been playing music all his life. As a child he studied piano-accordion, banjo, mandolin and bouzouki, before finally settling on the fiddle as his weapon of choice. Fans of traditional music may have run across Pat’s first solo CD THE GREEN MOUNTAIN, featuring his unhurried brand of fiddle playing … lovely in its simplicity and genuineness. His second CD release, HUMOURS OF DERRYBEHA, very much in the same vein, consists mostly of solo tracks and a couple of tasty duets with concertina and flute. To hear Pat play is to experience the intangible and elusive “lonesome touch” of County Clarefiddling. Hilary Schrauf says that his playing captures the essence of the place. “If you’ve ever stood out at the edge of the meadow near his old homestead in an abandoned valley, or walked down the lane to call on a friend in East Clare, you’ll get Pat’s playing.”

EOGHAN O’SULLIVAN is a talented musician from Mitchelstown, in County Cork, and has been playing flute and accordion since he was six. Regarded as one of Ireland’s finest young accordionists, Eoghan has recorded THE SMOKY CHIMNEY (with Kerry fiddler Gerry Harrington), a classic CD of traditional Irish music from that magical area on the Cork-Kerry border known as Sliabh Luachra (pronounced Shleeve Lew-cra). Together, Eoghan and Pat play the “pure drop” of Irish traditional music, and this promises to be a very special evening.

Together, Pat and Eoghan have created a wonderful duo CD, CONVERSATION AT THE CROSSESThe CD was recorded in Winter of 2009 at the legendary Crosses of Annagh, just outside of Miltown Malbay, West Clare. After touring in Japan in 2010, the lads are planning a Summer 2011 tour of the Eastern United States to support the release of the CD.

Here are some links to YouTube clips of the lads:

At Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series in April, 2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spw_Nil4eL0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajj2iyD_0JM

And in Japan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wirgv7WdGho

IAANJ, 352 Richard Mine Rd. Rockaway TownshipNJ

Tickets $20 or $15 for members

Tickets:  $20 or $15 for members. email irisnevins@verizon.net  or call 908-813-8617 for reservations. Directions at www.iaanj.com. Please direct all music inquiries and reservations to irisnevins@verizon.net or 908-813-8617

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