Saturday, April 2nd 2011:


Mick Hanly, Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey
Hanly’s unique song-writing and story-telling skills, combined with McGlynn’s and Casey's tasty virtuosity on Guitar & Violin make for a very special coming together of three of the stalwarts of the Irish Music scene.
Lately, rekindling a musical relationship that led to two of Hanly’s best albums, Warts and All, and Happy Like This, their show has all the hallmarks of a musical road well travelled.

Limerick man, Mick Hanly is best known for his big stateside hit Past The Point of Rescue. The song scooped two BMI awards; Most played song of 1993 and One Million Radio Plays. But, Hanly’s songs have been covered by all the major Irish artists, including, Christy Moore, Dolores Keane, Mary Black, etc, while Hal Ketchum and Delbert McClinton, among others have sung Mick’s song in the US.

“Hanly has the ability to write such good tunes as Past The Point of Rescue, Damaged Halo, that deliver a distinctive rugged honesty, and controlled grasp of sentiment” - Joe Breen, Irish Times, Jan ’10.

Omagh man Arty McGlynn began his professional musical career at the tender age of 15 years. Following a ten-year stint on the Showband circuit, Arty turned his attention to Irish Traditional music. In 1979, he released the groundbreaking McGlynn’s Fancy, which was the first ever album of Traditional music played on guitar. Subsequently, he became one of the most sought after guitarist in the country, playing with such luminaries as Van Morrison, De Dannan, and Patrick Street. In 1989 Arty’s duet album, Lead The Knave, with his wife Nollaig Casey was critically acclaimed, as was their follow up album Causeway. Arty’s production work is also wide-ranging. Artists such as Christy Hennessy, Francis Black, and Liam Flynn, have all benefited from Arty’s studio skills. No one knows Mick Hanly’s music like Arty McGlynn. Bringing years of experience and formidable skill to the mix, his subtle accompaniment adds a new hue to this songwriter’s work. In March Mick releases his new album ‘Live At The Set’ recorded at the Set Theatre, Kilkenny and featuring Mick, Arty and Band, plus guest appearances by Christy Moore, Mary Black, and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill.

Nollaig Casey is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians, with her own unique way of playing traditional Irish music on the fiddle and such an utterly distinctive sound that it would be impossible to mistake it for that of anyone else. This "sound" is so attractive to other musicians that there exists hardly any major Irish artist of the last twenty years with whom she has not worked. Her powerful presence graced Dónal Lunny’s ground-breaking band Coolfin, of which she was a founder member and with whom she had a busy international touring schedule. One highlight was their performance in a special concert celebrating the Irish roots of American country music for Island: A Festival of the Arts in Ireland held at the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington DC which was broadcast coast to coast on network television: they shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Emmy Lou Harris and Steve Earle. Nollaig’s been working with Dónal off and on for over twenty years: she joined the legendary band Planxty (of which he was a founder member) in 1980, touring all over Europe with them and has been involved in a large number of Dónal’s projects in the intervening years.

Book early to avoid disappointment.
Doors Open: 7:30pm
Commences At: 8:30pm
Admission: €18.00

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