Music

Into the West with The Kane Sisters, Ox Mountain Quartet, & Caitriona Ní Cheannabháin.

Join us for a wonderful night celebrating the music of the West of Ireland. With fiddle players The Kane Sisters from North Connemara, trad band The Ox Mountain Quartet from Mayo / Sligo, and sean-nós singer and musician Caitríona Ni Cheannabháin from Galway.

Sat 20 May 2023

Doors 7.30pm, Starts 8.00pm

Tickets: £25/£22.50

The Kane Sisters:

From North Connemara, Liz and Yvonne Kane, known as The Kane Sisters, are much respected musicians and educators. Born in Letterfrack, they were educated in Kylemore Abbey School. They were taught music by the great Sligo musician and music teacher, Mary Finn and by their grandfather, local fiddle player, Jimmy Mullen.

From a young age, they have been very influenced by the traditional music of Sligo and East Galway,  in particular the music of the master composer and fiddle player Paddy Fahey.

Liz and Yvonne first came to national and international prominence during the three year period in which they toured with accordion player, Sharon Shannon as members of her band, The Woodchoppers. They travelled all over the world with her band and are featured artists on Sharon’s album ‘The Diamond Mountain Sessions’. At that time, a Hot Press review by Siobhan Long confirmed  ‘…while ‘Fire in their Bellies’ (with Liz and Yvonne Kane) is ensemble playing at its best and most naked.’

Following this period of touring with Sharon Shannon, they decided to embark musically on their own and they recorded their first album in 2002 entitled ‘The Well Tempered Bow’. The Kane Sisters toured Ireland and the United States following the release of their first album and  they followed up with a second album ‘Under the Diamond’ in 2004 and third album 2010 called ‘Side by side’.

In 2022 they release their fourth album ‘In Memory of Paddy Fahey’ featuring 15 of his compositions as well as newly written tunes from both Liz and Yvonne.

Based in Letterfrack they have a solid teaching schedule and a large number of fiddle students both locally and virtually.

Liz and Yvonne also guested on a number of albums:

*The Diamond Mountain Sessions – Sharon Shannon (2000) Recorded in the Monastery Hostel in Letterfrack, Galway along with Donal Lunny, Carlos Nunez, Steve Earle, John Prine, Mary Staunton, Jackson Browne, The Hothouse Flowers and Dessie O’Halloran (Liz and Yvonne)

*The Fiddler Fair – compilation from Fiddle festival Mc Carthy’s pub Baltimore, Cork (2000) (Liz and Yvonnne)

*Behind the Mist – compilation of musicians who have been part of the Bog and Sea Week festivals in Letterfrack over the last fifteen years. (2000) (Liz and Yvonne)

 *Idir Dhá Solas – Maighread and Tríona ní Dhomnaill (2000) (Liz and Yvonne)

*Providence – Providence (1999) (Liz)

*Transcendental Blues – Steve Earle (2000)(Liz and Yvonne)

*The Girls won’t leave the Boys Alone – Cherish the Ladies (2000) (Yvonne)

*Memories from the Holla – Peter and Angelina Carberry (2001) (Liz)

*The Pound Road – Dessie O’Halloran (2001) (Liz and Yvonne)

 *Mná na hÉireann (Liz and Yvonne)

Ox Mountain Quartet – Doocey / Doherty / O’Donnell

This West of Ireland quartet hailing from Mayo and Sligo blend an eccentric mix of old and new. Siobhan O’Donnell on vocals and bodhran is an All-Ireland champion and highly sought after teacher, coming from a family steeped in music and song, she brings a wealth of traditional songs learned from her father and mixes them with some contemporary and folk classics. Brothers David and Patrick Doocey on guitar and fiddle are originally from Boston, now living in Mayo have stamped their mark on the scene over the past 10 years performing with some of the top artists in the industry such as Lunasa, Sean Keane, Sharon Shannon, Teada and many more. Stephen Doherty is a multi-instrumentalist from Foxford, playing flute, accordion and whistles. Stephen has toured over 25 countries with a vast range of productions and performs regularly with The Sean Keane Band as well as regular performances on both national television and radio. He is a multi-All Ireland champion and has composed a large repertoire of tunes.
“An outstanding take on traditional songs and tunes performed with an ease of brilliance, these four artists have formed a sound built on years of friendship and musicianship cultivating into something special indeed”

 Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin

Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin is a native irish speaker from the west of Ireland 40 km ( 50 miles ) from Galway city in a small quiet place in Ard East Carna.

She was very fortunate to be born into a very musical Canavan Family, she grew up with parents Michael a very well known sean-nós singer and musician, her Mother Nora a singer and along with her 6 brothers and 4 sisters ,songs and music was a part of every day living ,her Dad and her Granny always singing ,lilting and playing melodeon.She has shared the big stages in Ireland and Abroad with the likes of Dubliners, Sean Keane, Cunningham Family , John Hogan , Mike Flavin , Paddy o Brien , Derek Ryan, Daniel Ó Donell and was featured in the big Tom tribute show on tg4She can be seen on TG4 in Opry Nuir , Fonnadóirí na hAirde, Opry Dhoire, RTE cursaí ,Abair Amhràn and was a judge on Talent competition feis and Blood .Bosca Ceoil and most recent in the family show Ceol ón Chlann Tg4. You can hear her voice in Bob Quinn and Bill Whealan film Poitín, Cathal Black film Korea and alongside Adrian Dunbar and Colm Meanney in show Harry Became A Tree .Her first recording was done when she was 12 yrs with her father by Clo Iar Chonnachta ,it was every young girls dream to be on cover of a tape especially beside her Hero her Dad , she has 4 songs on the cassette Cruach na Caoille , then went along years later to record her solo album Sólàs , mixture of Ballads ,Irish country and her Sean nós songs as well as newly written song by her young brother Pól ó Ceannabhàin written for their Mom Grà Do Mháthair, her second album Songs from The Mist  … she was inspired by teaching her own style of Sean nós in the schools around Conemara and travelling the country teaching summer schools like Tubbercurry South Sligo School, Willie Clancy festival ,and in Colleges around Ireland.. she decided to record an album for children and for new people interested in Sean nós and Irish singing called Póta Mór Fataí …Always a joy to meeting New & Old friends in the music family and looking forward to sharing my songs and stories in the life ahead please God.

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