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Cross’ branch of CCE presents musical duo in concert

The Crossmaglen branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE) An Bonnán Buí is to host the hugely talent musical duo, Laoise Kelly (Harp) and Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn (Uilleann Pipes) in the Táin Theatre, Dundalk next month.

The pair have been performing together for a number of years and their music, both individually and as a duet, has been delighting audiences the world over. The combination of two of Ireland’s emblematic instruments is charged with musical history and sound.

Laoise Kelly is regarded as the most significant harper of her generation. From Westport in Co. Mayo, she began playing at an early age, encouraged by her father who introduced her to the music of O’Carolan. Her reinterpretation of the O’Carolan canon is just a part of her breathtaking repertoire. She has adapted the dance music of Ireland for the harp, bringing an instrument often associated with the convent and the lace curtain into the heart of session playing. Her playing is shot through with a humour and an energy that is infectious. She is regarded as one of Ireland’s most significant musicians and has given a new lease of life to a national instrument.

Tiarnán began playing the uilleann pipes when he was around nine years of age, so he has more than served his 21-year apprenticeship. He was attending whistle classes in the Armagh Pipers Club when he was moved into the Uilleann pipes classes. A member of Dundalk ceili band, Ceoltóirí Óga Oirghiall, Tiarnan has won four Fleadh Ceoil All-Ireland titles and is also the proud holder of two Oireachtas titles – the Leo Rowsome and Breandán Breathnach Perpetual Cups.

He has been touring and performing on a regular basis since 1995 and his music has taken him across Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

The blend of the instruments of these two musicians offers a journey into a rich sound of melodies, coloured by chordal and percussive accompaniment. Laoise and Tiarnan play a repertoire taken from the wide spectrum of Irish dance music and airs from Ulster barn dances to Munster polkas, airs from 19th century manuscripts to modern compositions.

Tickets for the event are available from the Táin Theatre and Toale’s Bar, Dundalk and are priced at €12 or €9 concession (Student/Child).