Billy Finn Concert 28th September 8pm €10
The Billy Finn Sessions Memorial Concert Saturday September 28 @ 8pm €10
Patsy Hanley, Brian McNamara, Shauna Mullin, Caoimhín Mac Aoidh, Dáire Gallagher and members of the Phil Rooney Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
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. 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 the instruments.
The Billy Finn concert will feature Roscommon flute player, Patsy Hanley and Leitrim uilleann piper Brian McNamara. Patsy was a close friend of the Finn family and was recently recognised by his peers with the prestigious TG4 Gradam award. Brian McNamara comes from a very musical family from Aughavas. His performances, broadcasts and recordings are in constant demand, while his considerable teaching skills have been widely recognised resulting in his providing masterclasses across the globe.
Patsy and Brian will be joined by Shauna Mullin of Ballyshannon who grew up in a family steeped in traditional singing. Her repertoire, with elements in both Irish and English, is highly reflective of the North West of Ireland.
Other musicians on the night will include the Phil Rooney Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, of which Billy was a founding member, as well as the fiddle duet of Caoimhín Mac Aoidh and Dáire Gallagher. Dáire is proving to be one of the most important fiddlers of the younger generation of Donegal fiddlers.
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