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Liam O’Connor

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Liam presented an episode of Geantrai on Sunday 10th March 2013 in The Ferryman in Dublin and even threw a few tunes into the bargain.

Liam will be joining John Dwyer with his playing partner Sean McKeon for a recital on Garinish Island on Saturday at 3pm. He will also be doing a Fiddle Workshop on the Saturday from 10.30am in the Glengarriff National School as well as joining in many of the Sessions around the village.

Born into a musical family in Dublin, his father Mick is a renowned music historian, flute-player and former member of the Castle Ceili Band. Liam is still in his early 20s and has recently qualified as a national school teacher. In 2002 Liam was awarded the prestigious TG4, Young Traditional Musician of the Year”.

Liam absorbed much music in the home and began fiddle lessons with Seamus Glackin at the age of 8 and he credits Seamus with having developed and sustained his deep interest in traditional fiddle music. Liam completed all eight grades of classical violin with distinction in the College of Music, Chatham Row, Dublin and is an accomplished concertina player.

He has won 5 All Ireland fiddle and slow air championships, won the Oireachtas fiddle competition at junior and senior levels. Liam has been asked to teach at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Scoil Acla, The Frankie Kennedy Winter School and The Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo. He has toured and played extensively in Ireland in combination with Sean McKeown, Liam O’Flynn, Noel Hill and Harry Bradley. Television appearances include The Raw Bar and Fleadh Cheoil. Liam has played concerts in the USA, France and Italy.

Liam banging out a few reels with Seán McKeon on Uilleann pipes and John Blake on guitar from September 2014. Great stuff!

Sean McKeon_albums1Liam O’Connor, along with Sean McKeon, released their duet album Dublin Made Me in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. The Irish Times awarded it “CD of the Week” across all genres, describing it as “a vibrant collection that never once loses sight of its birthright yet still manages to herald a new departure in casting a spotlight on two exceptional musicians who marry technical prowess with a marvellous sense of adventure and history”.