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Traditional Music- Tim Edey & Kevin Conneff

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 20:00 - 22:30
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 The Spinners -Tim Edey & Kevin Conneff

Wednesday 20 September - 8pm

Tickets €15/€12

A rare chance to hear a Chieftain and one of the
brightest stars of celtic roots music, as a duo!

Tim Edey a BBC Musician of the year is rated among
many to be one the very best guitar & box players in the world, also a fine singer.

Kevin Conneff the voice & rhythm of the world's most

loved Irish band The Chieftains since 1976!

The Spinners - Who Are They?

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Tim Edey grew up in Broadstairs, Kent in a household full of music. His mother emigrated to London from Dublin via Cork, and took with her a love of Irish and Scottish music. Tim was raised listening to albums his Irish grandparents owned such as The Chieftains, The Gallowglass Ceili Band and Foster & Allan, and took a great interest in his Irish heritage and its music from an early age. His father is from the Chester / North Wales border and he played the guitar and sang. “He and my mum encouraged me and gave me the love of music I have today really”, says Tim. “We had family sessions in the kitchen when I was growing up in Broadstairs, Dad on guitar and me on piano box, whistle, and then melodeon when I was 14. We played most mornings and evenings from when I was age 7 until I went touring at age 17.”

Tim also plays regularly with Seamus Begley, again bringing things full circle. Tim met Seamus and Steve Cooney in 1995 at The Swan in Stockwell, London, and thought it was the best live show of any musical genre he had ever seen. He went on to get to know them and recorded his solo melodeon album in Steve’s studio in Kerry in 1997. It was here that Tim’s obsession with the guitar became even more heightened, and soon after he began playing more frequently with Seamus.

Tim also plays in an award winning duo with Brendan Power, with his own band The Collective, has played on Christy Moore’s recent album, and with many other artists such as Michael McGoldrick, Sharon Shannon (of course!) and Altan.

Not many people get to play and record with the artists who were the catalysts for them starting to play in the first place. And for Tim, this is part of the measure of his success. “Playing or recording with all of my musical heroes is one of the things I am most proud of, a dream really. I have also managed to earn a living from doing what I love (most of the time), and to me that is being successful, and very lucky, although a lot of hard graft has gone into it too.”

And though Tim has become such a “superstar” in the traditional music world, you get the feeling that he is anything but a “star” in his own eyes. He has a gentle, unassuming demeanour, and a cheeky, endearing grin. He still appears genuinely in awe of the people from whom he has learned his trade, but by the way these artists now regard him, it seems the feeling is mutual.

Sharon Shannon has been quoted as saying that Tim Edey is “the nicest man in the world”. I think she just might be right.

For more information on Tim click this link - http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/articles/timedey

 Kevin Conneff web

Kevin Conneff is more familiarly known as the voice and rhythmic heartbeat of the legendary Irish folk group, The Chieftains, through his talents as vocalist and bodhrán player. He joined the group in 1976, replacing Peadar Mercier who had been the second bodhrán player for the group. The move was unexpected — he'd been asked to contribute to "Bonaparte's Retreat" (Chieftains VI) and didn't know that Peadar Mercier was retiring until Paddy Moloney, over a pint or two of Guinness, asked Kevin to consider making the contribution permanent. Since then, Kevin has become an integral part of the sound of the Chieftains.

Kevin Conneff was born in Donore, a village near Drogheda, in County Louth, Ireland and raised in the Liberties, in the heart of Dublin. Music was an important part of his home life but, as he later related, "I didn't hear traditional music from the womb," as did other members of the Chieftains. It wasn't until he began work as a photographic assistant for a printing machine company, at age 18, that he was introduced to Irish traditional music. A group of his work mates would hire a car every week to drive to one of the many fleadhs (traditional Irish music festivals) within reasonable driving distance. Kevin was drawn in and hooked by what he saw, musicians poorly dressed, having incredible talent but only playing the music for leisure, a music with a long long tradition. That image has remained with Kevin ever since. Kevin began going to a session every weekend, picking up the odd song here and there and joining the musicians. He was heavily influenced by the traditional style of singing from the Donegal/Fermanagh region in Ireland, particularly the singing of Paddy Tunney. At just about that time he picked up his first bodhrán for three pounds in Newcastle West, County Limerick. He'd heard the bodhrán on the radio, including the playing of Sean O Riada with Ceoltóirí Chualann, and was amazed at the power of the simple goatskin Irish frame drum.

Kevin soon mastered the bodhrán and began playing and singing at sessions about Ireland, along with playing with Dublin traditional music circles. For many years, he helped run the Tradition Club, a haven for traditional musicians, including future Chieftains colleagues Paddy Moloney, Seán Keane and Michael Tubridy. In the early 1970s, he joined Christy Moore for what became a benchmark album, Prosperous. He maintained his printing job during this time, also looking after his elderly mother. The decision to join The Chieftains as a professional musician was difficult to make, given his prior commitments, but Kevin has poured his heart and spirit into the music, making an important contribution to the music of the Chieftains.

Kevin has three children, Peigí, Ruairí and Ella and lives in Wicklow.


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