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14th September, 2019
Gino Lupari, Gerry O’Connor, & Tim Edey
Tickets £15/£13 concession
Three of Ireland and the UK’s most illustrious musicians are touring the UK and Ireland during September 2019!
Gino Lupari is one of the most respected Bodhran players on the road today . Gino has been s professional musician for the past 28 years – in that time he had performed with the band 4 men & a dog all over the world ( Gino is a founder member ). He has performed at all the major festivals throughout the world . Gino is also a great singer & has recorded vocal tracks on all of “the dogs” albums Gino is also in demand as a session player & has played on many & varied recordings. He can be heard on Sinead O’Connor’s albums , Shane McGowan’s album , & most recently on the ground breaking album from Declan O’Rourke ,to name a few Gino also has carved a media career for himself, he Co presented the ground breaking 1st live fleadh tv programme from Derry city which had a audiences worldwide in the millions. Gino also has a radio show on BBC Radio Foyle in the afternoon slot.
Tim Edey (BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, The Barra
MacNeills, JP Cormier, Frankie Gavin, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff , Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few…
Tim now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work, is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today! Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent. Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard a fine guitarist and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt.
Gerry O’Connor was born in Tipperary in 1960 into a family steeped in Irish Traditional music . Learning music from his parents and grandparents he started playing banjo and fiddle in his early teens.
In 1977 while attending UCD in Dublin he joined popular folk band Tipsy Sailor and made numerous TV appearances with them. He joined The Wild Geese in 1981 and toured Europe extensively,recording two albums with the group .
In 1984 he joined Dublin ballad group Moonshine and also Jury’s Irish Cabaret which became the worlds longest running cabaret show and attended by millions of people over the years. During this period he also recorded tutor books and DVDs on tenor banjo which were highly successful and distributed worldwide .
1990 saw the release of his first solo album “Time To Time” on the Mulligan label.This album received rave reviews and is considered a classic benchmark for banjo in Irish music with many of the tracks used for TV programmes . The track,”Funk the Cajun Blues ” became a popular radio single and also featured on the big selling “Trad at Heart”Irish compilation music album in 1994.
Gerry joined the band Four Men and a Dog in 1992 ,the first Irish band to win UK Folk Roots album of the year. Over 12 years they did four albums and became one of the most popular Irish Trad groups on the touring circuit worldwide. Highlights were performing at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996,recording and touring with rock and roll legends “The Band “.
Between tours Gerry did countless recording sessions in Dublin for many artists , including Christy Moore, Bonnie Tyler,and the “Lord of the Dance “soundtrack.
He joined The Sharon Shannon big band in 2008 recording two CDs and two DVDs.The song “The Galway Girl”became the most downloaded song in Irish music.
He also recorded and toured with Sharon Corr and has also played on The Corrs album “White Light” .
In 2011 he joined rock guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa’s Acoustic Band recording 2 U.S. Billboard No1 albums and DVDs “Live in Vienna Opera House” and “Live at The Albert Hall”. Multiple tours followed including a world tour in 2013.
Following the death of friend and banjo legend Barney McKenna, Gerry guested with The Dubliners on their 50 years anniversary tour. That year The Dublin Legends were born and continue to carry on the legacy and spirit of The Dubliners.