Irish Masters at Ulster Fleadh 2012

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The Ulster Fleadh 2012 presents an exclusive concert with a selection of Ireland’s finest singers and musicians on Thursday July 26 at St. Canice’s Hall, Main Street Dungiven.

The stellar lineup includes some of the most respected names in the Irish Folk Scene with Buille, John Spillane and Si Van.

The group Buille means “beat” and it was formed in 2004 by Armagh brothers Niall and Caoimhin Vallely performing a body of new tunes written in a traditional style with contemporary arrangements.

Niall has been widely acclaimed as one of Irelands greatest concertina players and his fusion of celtic and contemporary influence makes up the bands trademark progressive style.

Caoimhin first came to prominence as a fiddle player with the Cork band North Cregg, but he has emerged in recent years as one of the most interesting piano players in the Trad Scene through his work withKaren Casey and Brian Finnegan of Flook.

They are joined on stage by Sean og Graham of Beoga on guitar with Brian Morrissey on bodhran and banjo.

Buille released their first album in 2005 to the following acclaim by the Irish Times: “Buille is as fresh a breath that’s blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time”.

The group has toured extensively all over theworld. Now returned they are working on a new project, the soon to be released album Buille 2 featuring more large scale compositions and arrangements, whilst utilising a much bigger ensemble.

John Spillane is one of Ireland’s most accomplished singer-songwriters adn has wowed audiences across Ireland and Europe with his live shows.

Singing his self-penned folk songs in a fine Cork brogue, he is also one of Irelands’ most covered songwriters, having lent his songs to albums for Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Cathy Ryan and Sean Keane.

Spillanes’ live performances are well known as truely special experiences in which he mixes the magic realism that permeates many of his songs with his quicky sense of humour.

Audiences will get to preview the premier performance of the newly formed group Si Van and their haunting new set of folk and traditional songs in 3 part harmony. This new group is composed of local singer Mary Dillon (formerly of popular traditional group Deanta) with Niamh Parsons and Tiona McSherry.

Niamh Parsons is synomymous with Irish traditonal singing, having once song with the great band Arcady and has spent several years touring internationally and recording as a solo artist.

Tiona McSherry comes from a family immersed in the traditional scene. Tiona previously fronted the cross-over band Tamalin as a lead vocalist and flute player.

Live at St. Canice’s Concert is hosted by BBC Radio Ulsters Lynette Fay presenter of Blas.

A spokesperson for the Ulster Fleadh said that they eagerly await the performance of Buille, John Spillane and Si Van at this years’ Fleadh and that tickets are available at the Pantry Cafe, Main Street, Dungiven or online at the Ulster Fleadh website.

Further information on the Ulster Fleadh 2012 and its schedule of events can be found on line at