Ómós do Billy Finn

Rita Gallagher, Gerry O’Connor, Paul Harrigan, Dáire Gallagher and Cian Sweeney
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Saturday, October 9 @ 8pm
Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre
Ballyshannon
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Ómós do Billy Finn

Rita Gallagher, Gerry O’Connor, Paul Harrigan, Dáire Gallagher and Cian Sweeney

The late Billy Finn was a native of Kilkenny who spent much of his adult life as a secondary school teacher in Ballyshannon, where he was a founding member of the local Phil Rooney Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ). An accomplished uilleann piper and flute player, his various sets of pipes and chanters have been generously loaned by his family to the Billy Finn Trust, whereby many young Donegal uilleann pipers are now learning to play.

Rita Gallagher is an acclaimed traditional singer from Crossroads, Killygordon. The recipient of the TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year Award in 2017, she has toured Britain and the USA with CCÉ and has performed at many singing festivals in Ireland, the UK and the United States. She cites one of her main influences as the late, great, Paddy Tunney and has recorded three albums to –date – Easter Snow in 1997, The May Morning Dew in 2010 and The Heathery Hills in 2016.

Fiddle player Gerry O’Connor grew up in Dundalk in a family of musicians, dancers and singers. He has been involved in Irish music and dance from an early age, winning numerous CCÉ All Ireland titles in a range of formations including duet, trio and Céilí Band. Playing with Michael Coleman’s contemporary, John Joe Gardiner, in the 1970s, greatly informed Gerry’s style of playing, while his background in step dancing translates into vibrant, pulsating dance music for which he is noted.

Paul Harrigan is a highly regarded uilleann piper from Inishowen, now living in Letterkenny. Though closely influenced by the playing of Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy and Leo Rowsome, what stands out clearly in his astonishing playing is the influence of Donegal fiddlers, John and Mickey Doherty.

Talented young Ballyshannon fiddlers Dáire Gallagher and Cian Sweeney perform traditional tunes with strong connections to the older generations of Donegal masters.

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Limited seating. Pre-booking essential on 071 9851375

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