The Oliver Plunkett Bar: 5.30pm Karan Casey, Niall Vallely, Niamh Dunne & Sean Óg Graham Steve Turner (UK SINGER), Conal O Grada & Maire NI Ghrada €15
Karan Casey is originally from BallyDuff Lower, near Kilmeaden Co Waterford, and has long been one of the most innovative voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years from the early days as a jazz performer in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas, to her now established solo career. Karan has sold over half a million records.
Karan released her first album with the group Solas, which quickly became the most celebrated Irish band in the U.S., and her four years with the group were pivotal. Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released 6 solo albums, a duo album (with John Doyle), an album for children and numerous contributions to other artists’ projects – appearing on more than 50 albums in total.
She has toured constantly throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing solo, with her own band and with many other diverse artists. Recent years have seen Karan appearing with Folk legends James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, Mick Moloney and the Dubliners and Imelda May as well as performances with Solas, Lunasa, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and Tim O’Brien.
Karan has won awards for “Best Folk Album” and “Best Folk Female” from Irish Music Magazine and been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and the Danish Grammys and was a key member of Paul Winter’s Grammy-award winning “Celtic Solstice”. She has appeared at major festivals in Europe and the US such as WOMAD USA, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Festival Cornouaille, Festival Interceltique Lorient, Milwaukee Irishfest and Merlefest as well as appearing at many prestigious venues including the Kennedy Centre (Washington DC), New York’s Symphony Space, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the Hollywood Bowl, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, the Cathedral of St John the Divine, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and many others. She has made many TV and radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic and has been a frequent guest on nationally syndicated US radio and TV shows such as Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and “Mountain Stage”.
Niall Vallely (Concertina)
Niall Vallely and is from Armagh and the son of Brian and Eithne Vallely who founded the Armagh Piper's Club. He is an accomplished concertina player. In 1990 Niall founded the group Nomos, which released two albums before breaking up in 2000. In 2004 he formed Buille with his brother Caoimhín Vallely (piano) and guitarist Paul Meehan. They released their debut album in 2005 on the Vertical Records label and a 2nd album in 2009, entitled Buille 2.
Niamh Dunne and Sean Og Graham
Long time Beoga members Niamh Dunne and Sean Og Graham joined forces in 2013 to record the critically acclaimed song album “Portraits”. Featuring Sean Og on guitar, bouzouki and accordion, the album features a special collection of songs gathered together after 10 years on the road with Beoga. BEOGA has long been heralded as one of the most innovative and exciting bands in Irish music over the last decade and has been cited “The best new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century” (WALL STREET JOURNAL) while Irish Music Magazine praised them as “Top-drawer… some of the best music in the world today” . As a duet, Dunne and Graham perform traditional and folk songs as well as playing newly composed tunes. A musician of supreme talent and versatility, Graham’s own unique style of accompaniment and box playing, matched with the solid fiddle playing and power house of Dunne, make for a vibrant assortment of songs and tunes, both old and new.