Two of Ireland’s finest fiddlers together

A RARE opportunity to see two of Ireland’s finest fiddlers together in concert – Brian Rooney and John Carty will launch their brand new duet CD at The Dock’s Last Wednesday Trad Club on February 23.

A RARE opportunity to see two of Ireland’s finest fiddlers together in concert – Brian Rooney and John Carty will launch their brand new duet CD at The Dock’s Last Wednesday Trad Club on February 23.

Brian Rooney, originally from Kiltyclogher, has been living in London for the past 40 years and is well known there on the traditional music circuit. However in 1999 he astounded the wider traditional community with the release of his debut album ‘The Godfather’.

London’s best kept secret was unleashed to astonishing critical acclaim and Brian was finally recognised as one of the Master fiddlers of his generation. The strength of his tone, the swing of his playing, and the beauty of his variations established him without any argument at the very forefront of Irish instrumental music. He has since recorded a second album entitled ‘From Leitrim to London’.

John Carty cut his musical teeth growing up in London and Brian was one of his many musical mentors. Since moving to Boyle, Co Roscommon in 1991 John has become one of Ireland’s most prolific musicians and is widely respected worldwide. He has released several highly acclaimed recordings and was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceol Musician of the Year in 2003.

His name has become a byword in traditional music for style and discernment, his imaginative approach to traditional music melody inspiring many musicians and making him in great demand as a soloist and musical partner notably with Matt Molloy.

On the night Brian and John will showcase their own solo styles as well as their mutual repertoire on duet fiddles and banjo/ accordion.

The show will begin at 8.30pm. Tickets priced at €15/€12 are available for The Dock box office on (071) 9650828.