BBC Folk Award Winners in The Glens

BBC Folk Awards Best Duo winners Tim Edey and Brendan Power play the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton this Friday, March 1 at 8.30pm.

BBC Folk Awards Best Duo winners Tim Edey and Brendan Power play the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton this Friday, March 1 at 8.30pm.

Adventurous creative players are drawn to each other, and the first time Tim and Brendan met the musical sparks flew! Others feel it too: after only a year together, they won the award for ‘Best Duo’ in the 2012 BBC2 Folk Awards!

Tim Edey is one of the finest multi-instrumental players of his generation in the worldwide Celtic music scene.

A virtuoso on both acoustic guitar and button accordion, Tim’s incredible musical ear and total technical command allow him to play the most demanding instrumentals and improvise freely in any style you throw at him.

His great gifts have been recognised by the top names in the Celtic music scene, and led to touring/recording with Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, Lunasa, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Mary Black, Altan and Capercaillie - to name a few. He has been nominated for ‘Best Musician’ in the 2012 BBC2 Folk Awards. Tim has released four solo albums and had his compositions recorded by Sharon Shannon and other respected Celtic artists.

UK based Kiwi harmonica player and composer Brendan Power is acknowledged by many as one of the most versatile and creative harp players around today.

Voted International Harmonica Player of the Year 2011, he has recorded with the likes of Kate Bush, Sting, Van Morrison, Paul Young, James Galway, John Williams, Paul Brady, Altan, and Artie McGlynn. A fluent improviser in jazz/blues/pop styles, Brendan is also an expert player of Irish traditional music, with an All-Ireland title to his name. He has recorded 15 solo CDs and works for Suzuki Musical Instrument Corp as their International Harmonica Specialist. He sings and composes original songs, and often throws in some nifty beatboxing too.

The duo’s powerful blend of passion and virtuosity is infectious. What sets them apart from most folk/Celtic acts is their free-wheeling approach to live performance. Tim and Brendan love to improvise, which means that every time they do a piece it sounds different & fresh. It’s that sheer mad spontaneity which unfailingly captures audiences everywhere!

This concert is bound to be one of the highlights of the Glens programme and comes highly recommended. Tickets are €15/12 or bring another adult and up to 3 children for only €40 and can be booked on line at www.theglenscentre.com or by calling (071) 9855833.