Bríd Harper is a highly regarded Irish fiddle player from Castlefinn, Co. Donegal, now living near Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Encouraged by her parents, she grew up playing music with her sisters in the Finn Valley area of Donegal. With musicians on both sides of the family she carries on the tradition of fiddle playing, and has won multiple prestigious fiddle awards including the senior All-Ireland title, the Oireachtas championship and the Fiddler of Dooney trophy. Bríd has toured extensively and performed with such stellar musicians as accordionist Dermit Byrne of the celebrated Irish ensemble "Altan," guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney, Belfast flute player Harry Bradley, and her partner for this tour, top notch concertina player Tony O'Connell. Hailed as one of the most skillful exponents of Irish fiddling, Bríd is also a respected teacher, with extensive experience over many years. Her eponymously titled solo fiddle CD was released in late 2015 to unanimous acclaim in Ireland and elsewhere.
Tony O'Connell has played music from the age of 10. Originally from Glin in West Limerick, an area rich in tradition, he is self-taught on the concertina and won his first All-Ireland title at 13. He captured the under-18 title three years running and then brought home the senior All-Ireland concertina title at 18. His distinctive yet traditional style can be described as a steady pulsating rhythm characteristic of the west of Ireland, but his playing is set apart by an imaginative use of melodic and harmonic variations and a strong sense of dynamic expression. Tony has toured Europe, Asia and America and collaborated with many of the most acknowledged players from within the tradition.
A schottische, a reel & a hornpipe from Tony O'Connell:
Dean Brig of Edinburgh; Mrs. Crotty's Reel; Wind That Shakes The Barley
ANOTHER HOUSE CONCERT: In mid-September we learned that the show with Bríd & Tony would have to be our last one in the Coatesville Cultural Society building, which has been sold as part of the renewal project planned for this part of Coatesville. But for various reasons (having to do with the comfort of the performers & the audience) we've decided to forego a "last night at the Cultural Society" and proceed with plans for another house concert on S. Westbourne Road in West Chester, PA. We're more than a little sad after 13 years of partnering with the wonderful folks at the Coatesville Cultural Society. But while the future is a bit uncertain, we aren't ready to quit yet as we explore new options, put out feelers and cast about for a suitable new venue. We'll certainly keep everyone informed of all new developments, and we're grateful for the encouragement you've given us. Thank you for your support of Irish Traditional Music and the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series.