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Carmina in Concert
with special guest top Irish piper Diarmaid Moynihan
Tickets £14/£12 (concession)
Carmina have committed themselves to becoming one of the most accessible yet innovative bands currently touring, developing their unique fusion of jazzy celtic roots to enchanting depths.
For this performance, Carmina are delighted to be joined by special guest, top Irish piper and composer Diarmaid Moynihan. Diarmaid is a hugely respected figure in Irish music for his tin whistle and uileann pipe playing.
The music when performed by such consummate players as Rob and Pippa attract relies on the grace and subtlety of Pippa’s vocal style to draw the tuneful strands together. The band create a real warmth on stage, with virtuoso solos played with good taste and never running amok through the arrangements that have obviously been so well crafted. Pippa’s rapport with the audience lends the proceedings an intimate touch, drawing in those who might be unprepared for the diversity of the music. The combination of one of Britain’s finest female vocalists and a band of such superlative musicians can do no more than create a stunning experience for those fortunate enough to be involved.
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Diarmaid Moynihan is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s foremost uilleann pipers and composers. He has been involved in music professionally since his early twenties and has a long and distinguished recording, performing, and composing career. He has performed or recorded with many world renowned traditional music stars including Donal Lunny, Flook, Guidewires, Liam O’ Maonlai and Alain Stivell among many others. He has also collaborated with a number of classical concert orchestras and jazz greats including keyboard player Pete Jacobsen and Carmina, drummer Nic France and saxophonist Richie Buckley. His compositions have been recorded by Lunasa, Cherish the Ladies, Michael McGoldrick, Kathryn Tickell and many more. A former winner of both the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil and the Oireachtas he was a founder member of the groundbreaking band, Calico. The award winning band toured regularly throughout Europe and the USA appearing at many of the major music festivals.
His music has featured on numerous programmes on TG4, BBC, RTE and Lyric FM and has been included in a number of manuscript publications. He is also a highly respected teacher and he has given master-classes in Italy, the USA, Germany, Finland and Australia and has taught at University College Cork, University of Limerick and The Cork School of Music. His most recent release, The Lights of Ranzanico, is a collaborative effort with Donncha and features some wonderful musicians from Ireland, Galicia, the UK and Brazil. A number of the tracks were featured on a two new film releases entitled “A Fighting Heart” and “Return to Kilbanetown “ based on the life of world champion boxer Johnny Kilbane.
Diarmaid, Deirdre and Donncha recorded three tracks for the very successful album “Musicians of Ireland” released by Warner Bros in Japan a number of years ago.
“Layer after layer reveal themselves with repeated listening as only the best musical outings do.” The Irish Times ****