Today it’s a real pleasure to bring you the next film in our series “The ICC Seisiúns”, starring The Legendary Quinn Family, an awesome four piece band which features London’s Queen of Irish trad music and the founding Director of the famous ‘Return To London Town Festival’ Karen Ryan, (on fiddle, banjo, whistle). Playing alongside her is husband Pete Quinn (on keyboards) and their twin daughters Annie Quinn (on uilleann pipes, flute, whistle), and Katie Quinn (on melodeon, accordion).
Karen Ryan is one of London’s greatest Irish fiddle players and one of the finest exponents of Irish traditional music in the UK; also the Director of ‘Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL)’ she has spent decades ensuring that real Irish trad is passed onto future generations.
In this film, you’ll be able to see just how Karen, along with Pete, have so beautifully passed their love of Irish music on to their twin daughters, who are already making headway on the Irish trad scene. Annie and Katie have performed many times here at the ICC, in The Gleann Catha Céilí Band and they’ve also often performed on Raidió na Gaeltacht and on Clare FM.
Pete and Karen have recorded seven albums together, including Karen’s debut solo album ‘The Coast Road’ on Cló Iar Connacht records. They both perform in Karen’s band ‘The London Lasses’, in ‘The Macnamara Céilî Band’, in ‘The Trad Gathering’, ‘Artisan Row’, ‘The Gleann Catha Céilí Band’ and ‘In Good Company’.
They’ve appeared together at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert Hall, Cambridge Folk Festival, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philadelphia Irish Festival, Cork Folk Festival, Cadogan Hall, Dublin City Hall and on a large number of radio and TV shows, including a memorable appearance in ‘Eastenders’.
Watch the Quinn Family in action here, and see how they all simply live, breathe and love playing great Irish music! Enjoy!