The Oliver Plunkett: 12.30pm Stíleanna (Styles) Fiddle Concert: Liz Doherty, Garry Cronin, Siobhan Peoples, Shane Meehan, Brendan Mulvihill, Yvonne Casey €10
Shane is a fiddle player from Carrick-on-Shannon Co. Leitrim was initially taught by his grandfather John Meehan who was a flute and fiddle player. He grew up playing with local musicians Damian O’Brien, Oliver Loughlin and Padraig McGovern to name a few. In his teens he took an interest in composition and this soon led to his involvement in the first Leitrim Equation project in 2009 alongside Lúnasa. Two reels composed by Shane featured on the subsequent album The Leitrim Equation which was the culmination fo the project with Lúnasa and local musicians. Shane's debut labum 'twill Do feature 20 original compositions.
Born in Northampton, England in 1954, world-class fiddler Brendan Mulvihill immigrated to New York when he was eleven. On the night of his arrival in the states, Mulvihill attended an Irish music session, and from that moment on he dedicated his life to playing Irish music.
Master fiddler and legendary Irish musician, Brendan Mulvihill learned music from masters of Irish music that he met throughout his life, starting with his own father National Heritage Fellow, Martin Mulvihill of County Limerick. Brendan, an All-Ireland Fiddler, is an internationally known Irish musician, teaching Irish music and leading sessions in the Washington DC area for decades. Brendan has been called “a national treasure, “ “a rare genius,” and is often referred to as “the professor” for his knowledge of the name and source of tunes. In his fiddle playing, Brendan’s strong tone, remarkable bow work and unsurpassed musicianship come from a deep love of the music and from a surprising influence. Though inspired by many traditional Irish musicians, Brendan also developed a passion for classical music. In addition to playing in numerous venues throughout his life, Brendan has been honored with several awards recognizing him for his contributions to the Irish culture. More than a few Irish fiddlers and musicians currently touring, recording, or performing in bands across the country and some in Ireland have learned tunes or studied with Brendan Mulvihill. Although he has recordings from his early music career, his recent work is intended to share music with those interested in learning more about the music. He published “The Irish Scroll,” a tune book with a CD, in 2013 sharing the first volume of Irish
tunes, some rare, some with his own variations, and all worth learning. In 2018, he released a solo CD that demonstrates his variations and his beautiful playing style.