Date: Sunday August 11th
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Sisters Aoife and Deirdre Granville hail from Dingle, County Kerry and are renowned Irish traditional musicians and singers and have recorded numerous albums between them. They are much sought after as performers and teachers and this will be their second visit to Newfoundland after having performed at the Séamus Creagh festival in 2016. Aoife is considered one of the main figures in Irish traditional flute playing today and also plays fiddle and sings. Deirdre is a renowned harpist, flute player and singer and a founding member of Harp Ireland. Joining the Granvilles are Níall Ó Beaglaoich on accordion, a member of the renowned musical family from West Kerry and Michael Meade on guitar and banjo, from Cork, also a gifted and renowned photographer. The group will perform traditional music from Kerry and Cork and songs in Irish and English.
Aoife Granville is highly regarded as a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Dingle, Co. Kerry in Ireland. She has performed, toured and recorded extensively and released her second solo album, Sáimhín Só, in April 2014. Aoife is regarded as an influential figure in the contemporary Irish fluting tradition and holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology University College Cork. Aoife was awarded with a Bene Merenti award from UCC for her contribution to traditional music and has won numerous prizes at Oireachtas and Fleadhanna Cheoil, including the prestigious Senior Flute title in 2003. Aoife released her debut album, Sráid Eoin Shuffle, in 2006. Aoife teaches, lectures and researches Irish traditional music, festival music and popular music culture.
Hailing also from Dingle, Co. Kerry; a multi-instrumentalist and singer, Deirdre Granville studied both traditional and classical music from a young age. She has toured and performed extensively worldwide and has been featured on Radio, commercial recordings and TV performances both solo and with other celebrated musicians including Kerry Chamber and Youth Orchestras, Aoife Granville, folk singing group; Deluce’s Patent and duo; Sirmione amongst others. A music graduate from University College Cork and a MA performance graduate from University of Limerick, she has won numerous solo and group performance medals, including the first ever All-Ireland Senior Harp Slow Airs title at Fleadh na hÉireann. She is co-ordinator and founder of Dingle Tradfest successful music festival. Deirdre’s debut solo album was released in the summer of 2015.
Mike Meade is a banjo and guitar player based in Cork, Ireland. Mike has recorded with both Aoife Granville and Deirdre Granville. When not playing music, Mike works as a photographer and film-maker in the Cork area.
Niall Begley is a button accordion player from a well-known West Kerry musical family and has been playing traditional music since he was a young boy. His playing is influenced by accordion greats like Seamus Begley, Tony MacMahon, Jackie Daly and Joe Burke. Níall was a finalist in the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal Competition (Reeds) in 2014 and performs regularly in his native Corca Dhuibhne (West Kerry) as well as festivals throughout Ireland.