Téada with Seamus Begley
Date: Thursday 24th January
Venue: The Button Factory
Time: 8.00pm Doors 7.30pmBook now!
Temple Bar will be brought to life by a bringing together of some of Ireland’s most established talent and some upcoming stars in the making. Included in the Line-up will be , Aoife Scott, Perfect Friction, Séamus Begley and the 2012 Trad for Trócaire winners Truancy and Téada headlining the concert.
A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Campeche International Festival in Mexico.
Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada recently welcomed a sixth member to the line-up, legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley. The band is also currently engaged in a fascinating collaborative project with African-America string band The Ebony Hillbillies, performing at Milwaukee Irish Fest and Grand Park, Los Angeles during 2012.
Founded by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an appearance on the innovative TG4 television series ‘Flosc’. One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.”
With lush Irish orchestration, Téada, meaning “strings” in the Irish language revels in the vibrant traditional music of Ireland, deftly playing up its structural intricacies while preserving the timeless energy of the reels, jigs, hornpipes, and other lesser-known tunes in the repertoire.
Accordion player and singer Séamus Begley is one of the most popular Irish traditional musicians, coming as he does from one of the most musically acclaimed Irish families.
Seamus is the quintessential Irish musician, an eager storyteller known for his sharp wit and famous for pumping out tune after tune at all night sessions. He plays with an energy that is alarming, bringing a frisky spontaneity to his box-playing, belting out jigs, slides and polkas with rapid sprays of reckless ornamentation before making a sudden key change into a bitter-sweet air, sung or played on the accordion. His repertoire reflects his own place and his style of playing is much influenced by a now gone generation of accordion and fiddle players who came to céilí in his family home.
That the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree is an oft-stated truism, but in Aoife Scott’s case that doesn’t make it any less valid. Born into the legendary Black Family – which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary – she has been surrounded by and immersed in music from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage workings of festivals both here and abroad. Now she is making her own way in the music business.
Aoife moved to the west coast of Ireland several years ago and her passion for the native Irish language spoken there is reflected in her choice of songs. She possesses a voice that reflects the wild western landscape: fragile one minute and forceful the next. That character-laden voice has been quietly generating a buzz amongst her fellow musicians for several years.
Perfect Friction is a group of young musicians who came together through playing together at WicklowTrad sessions in Wicklow town. The band features seven trad musicians, most of whom are classically trained, and a world-class vocalist in the person of Rebecca Winkworth, who has toured extensively with Anuna amongst others.
The band’s music ranges from high energy trad sets with a full range of instruments (fiddle, flute, Uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, whistle, bodhrans, guitar, piano) to pop and rock songs tastefully arranged with a trad theme. The musicians, all from Wicklow, Dublin and Wexford, include four all-Ireland champions and collectively they deliver a sound that will have your foot tapping and will leave you wondering what the magic ingredient is.
Truancy (Trad for Trocaire Winner)
After many years collaborating at festivals across Ireland, Truancy was formed in 2011. The players were drawn together by a mutual passion for composition, in particular the development of unique rhythmic and harmonic progressions. This passion has led to the band solely playing self composed music. The members include Niall Preston (Bodhrán and percussion) a multi All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil winner, Donal Linehan (accordion) All-Ireland winning melodeon player, Gavin Strappe (Banjo and Tenor Guitar) who hold All Ireland titles for both the mandolin and tenor guitar and Cian Dennehy (Nylon string guitar) one of Irelands up and coming accompanists. Truancy were winners of the ‘Trad for Trocaire Battle of the Bands’ competition held at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Cavan, 2012.