Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Niall and Cillian Vallely by midatlanticcce
August 20, 2013, 12:13 am
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Niall & Cillian Vallely with Alan Murray Sept 2013 tour

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Wed 4 Boston, MA 8pm The Burren

Thu 5 Fairfield, CT

Fri 6/7/8  Mississippi Celtic Festival

Mon 9 Silver Springs, MD 7.30PM  IMT Concert Series

Tue 10  New York City, NY Joe’s Pub  9.30pm

Wed 11 Portland, ME  8pm Blue

Fri 13 Berryville, VA  7.30pm Shepherd’s Ford House concert

Sat 14  Baltimore, MD  8pm The Creative Alliance

Sun 15 Harrisburg, PA 7.30pm Appalachian Brewing Company

In September 2013, three of the top names in Irish music come together for a unique series of gigs in the US.  Renowned for their work with top Irish acts Lunasa, Nomos and Karan Casey, brothers Cillian and Niall Vallely from Armagh City in the north of Ireland will join forces with Scottish guitarist and singer Alan Murray.   The brothers will reunite to play music from their critically acclaimed album “Callanbridge” as well as many of Niall’s more recent compositions from his band “Buille”.

Niall Vallely has established himself as one of the most original and distinctive voices in Irish traditional music. A former member of Cork-based band Nomos, he has been acclaimed throughout the world as one of Ireland’s greatest concertina players.  In 1990, while studying for a B.mus degree in University College Cork, Niall formed the group Nomos.  Over the past few years Niall has also been spending a lot of time writing new music. In 2007 he was commissioned by the BBC to compose music for a major TV series on the Flight of the Earls.  Niall is currently working on new commissions for the Kronos Quartet and the Crash Ensemble and is arranging a programme of music to be performed by Lunasa and the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall.
“It’s seldom that instruments are reinvented by individual musicians. Larry Adler did it with a harmonica; so did Pierre Bensusan with his acoustic fingerstyle guitar. And now Niall Vallely has done it again with the humble concertina” Irish Times
Cillian Vallely is now the uilleann pipes and low whistle player with the renowned Irish band Lunasa, described as “The hottest Celtic band on the planet” (Irish Voice).  In recent years, he has played and toured with Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Tim O’Brien, and Riverdance in addition to recording as a guest on over 40 albums.  With Lunasa, he has played at The Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury Festival, Womad Aledaide, Edmonton Folk Festival in addition to multiple tours of Asia, Australia, US and Europe.
“Vallely, whose family has played a seminal role in piping and Irish music in the north of Ireland for years, shows why he is one of the most respected pipers playing today”  Irish Voice
Alan Murray is a highly respected guitarist and singer who hails from Glasgow, Scotland.  An early interest in the guitar led him to study instrument building and repair in Glasgow for two years, after which he moved to the U.S.A. to further pursue his musical career. He was soon playing with some of the best musicians on the New York Irish Scene and was featured on top fiddle player Grainne Murphy’s debut album ‘Short Stories’ – described as “one of the best traditional Irish music releases of 2010″.  Alan has toured extensively across Ireland, Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States where he now calls home, building a reputation in New York City as one of the top Irish traditional guitarists.
“Cillian is a member of trad super-group Lúnasa and one of Ireland’s very best uilleann pipers. Older brother Niall, who founded the group Nomos and now tours with singer Karan Casey, is one of the most original and virtuosic concertina players in the history of Irish music”  Irish America Magazine
“Brothers Niall and Cillian Vallely share one of Irish music’s most thoroughbred pedigrees”  Glasgow Sunday Herald 
“The brothers Vallely of Armagh, Niall on concertina and Cillian on uillean pipes, are both stunning instrumentalists. They share an ability to make instruments not generally regarded for their subtlety sound equal parts beautiful and intense”  The Irish Herald

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