The pairing of John McSherry on Uillean Pipes and Dónal O'Connor on fiddle brings together two of Ireland's most celebrated musicians on the scene today.
Hailed as one of the finest exponents of the art of the Uilleann piping in the world today, he's called "a true master" by Irish Music Magazine and has taken piping to new heights with his unique style. His sense for improvisation has even been compared to that of the great jazz legend John Coltrane. John was a founding member of Irish super-group Lúnasa and released the duo CD, At First Light (Compass 4430) with musical comrade Michael McGoldrick. At First Light received the award for 2001 Best Traditional Album of the Year from Irish American News.
Son of the celebrated fiddler Gerry O'Connor (Skylark, Kinvara) and renowned singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin (Lá Lugh), Dónal O'Connor has inherited a great musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing and countless generations of traditional singing. Highly regarded as a fiddle player, the Irish Times calls him "immaculate", "electrifying" and "...born out of naked talent and consummate professionalism." Recent collaborations have included tours with Michael McGoldrick (Capercaillie, Flook, Lúnasa), live festival performance with Karan Casey (Solas), T.V. performances with the legendary Sligo Flute player Séamus Tansey, and recording work with Brian Kennedy and Máire Brennan of Clannad.
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