Ormond Castle, 3pm, Monday June 3rd
Tickets €17.50 from the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Tel. 051 640921
An enchanting afternoon concert of folk, traditional and original music in the unique Ormond Castle in Carrick-on-Suir. Singer and songwriter Robbie O’Connell and fiddler Rose Clancy have played together frequently, for the past few years. Their combination of songs and tunes, old and new, makes for a delightful performance in the folk and Irish tradition. With skillful instrumentation, meaningful and humorous songs, and an engaging stage presence, this duo is a delight not to be missed.
Robbie O’Connell, a singer, songwriter and guitar player, was born in Waterford and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir. He emigrated to the USA in 1979 where he pursued a successful solo career as well as being a longtime member of the Clancy Brothers and the Green Fields of America. He recorded several CDs with both groups.
With the release, in 1982, of his first solo album, Close to the Bone, Robbie emerged as an artist of major stature. His album of original compositions, Love of the Land, was voted the #1 acoustic album of 1989 by WUMB in Boston. In 1991, he won a prestigious Boston Music Award as Outstanding Celtic Act and was also featured in the highly acclaimed TV series “Bringing It All Back Home.”
In 1992 he performed at Carnegie Hall with the Clancy Brothers and was also seen by an estimated 500 million people worldwide on the telecast of a live tribute to Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden, a performance that Rolling Stone magazine described as ‘breathtaking’.
Never Learned to Dance, Robbie’s 1993 album of original songs, was critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and Hot Press magazine called him “a national treasure”. In 1994 he headlined a celebration of Boston based Irish Music at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
In the late 90s, as part of the group Clancy, O’Connell & Clancy, he recorded two CDs with Liam Clancy and Dónal Clancy. These were followed by a solo CD of Humorous Songs Live as well as All on a Christmas Morning, a Christmas CD with the group Aengus.
Recollections, a twenty-year retrospective album was released in 2001, followed in 2009 by a new Green Fields of America CD. In 2010 he collaborated with his cousins Aoife and Donal Clancy on a CD called The Clancy Legacy. He is currently working on a new solo CD of his own compositions.
Rose Clancy was born in New York into a musical family hailing from County Armagh, Ireland, an area immersed in Traditional Irish Music. Roses’ musical career began at an early age performing with her family’s musical group, The Clancy Tradition. Rose learned Traditional Music from her Father, Eugene Clancy of the Irish Ramblers, in the “at my father’s knee” tradition.
After a successful career in NY, Rose decided to move to Boston to attend the North Bennet Street School where she studied violin making for 3 years. Upon graduating she founded The Chatham Fiddle Company where she teaches, makes and repairs instruments and runs a boutique concert series featuring some of the finest talent from the celtic music genre.
Rose has released several CD’s with The Clancy Tradition and most recently released her first solo CD with pianist Brendan Dolan featuring the music of Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland. Daniel Neely of the Irish Echo recently reviewed the recording and described it as “lovely, energetic music played without pretension”.