Former Dervish fiddle player, Shane Mc Aleer will make a welcome return to Co. Sligo on Saturday, February 22 when he will perform in concert at the Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre, Gurteen.
Shane spent many years in the Sligo area when he joined the acclaimed traditional band as a raw 17 year old in 1990, after winning the All-Ireland Fiddle title in Sligo town that year. He was an ever-present member of the group during their ascent to prominence from 1990 to 1997, influencing the band’s early albums with his fiery Northern fiddle style.
Shane released his first solo recording ‘Long Time No See’ in June 2013 to immediate critical acclaim, with Siobhan Long of The Irish Times commenting that “Mc Aleer’s fiddling speaks of a musician at one with the music, in no rush to prove anything to anyone” and Daniel Neely of New York’s Irish Echo proclaiming the recording “…a stunning release”.
Joining Shane on the night of the 22nd will be fellow Omagh man and traditional guitar legend Arty McGlynn. Arty has been involved in folk and traditional music since the early ‘70s and was a member of Patrick Street and Planxty to name a few. He also accompanied the likes of Matt Molloy, Liam O’Flynn and many more greats on solo albums and other projects.
Shane McAleer and Arty McGlynn will perform at the Coleman Traditional Irish Music, Gurteen, on 22nd February. Show starts 9pm. Doors 8pm. Tickets available from the centre or on www.colemanirishmusic.com.