Barry Kerr, Alan Burke & Dónal O’Connor
This concert is a rare opportunity to see three of the most talented musicians and singers on the traditional music circuit in Ireland today.
Barry Kerr - Vocals, Bouzouki, Flute
Originally from the southern shores of Lough Neagh, but now working and living in Belfast, Barry Kerr is regarded as one of the outstanding traditional musicians of his generation. Barry is rapidly establishing himself as fine painter and sculptor through numerous sell-out exhibitions.
‘Fleet of foot, of fingers and of tongue. Belfast flute player, piper, singer and songwriter (and in his spare time, accomplished painter) Barry Kerr brings a remarkable maturity to a swathe of topical issues, not to mention showcasing an unhurried finesse on flute and pipes on The World Looks Away. …………….a mighty fine calling card.’ Siobhan Long - The Irish Times
Alan Burke - Vocals, Guitar
Alan started his singing career fronting the Irish band Afterhours with whom he released three recordings,all of which were widely received and toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada and America. On the demise of that group Alan began a new venture with the release of his first solo CD “On the Other Hand” 1998. This was followed in 2000 by his second solo recording “Tip of the Tongue”. Both these recordings received high praise and his subsequent touring brought him everywhere from Bahrain to Belfast to Croatia to Cardiff…and on…..
His voice has been described as “Full of power, sensitivity and clarity”. His guitar playing, being influenced by his earlier incarnation as a session drummer/percussionist is characterised by strong driving rhythms alongside a more gentle and sympathetic approach to the quieter side of his repertoire.
In 2002 Alan was involved the making of a CD for the company BMG of library recordings alongside fellow traditional musicians, Cathal Hayden, Maurice Lennon, Jim McGrath, Gerry O’Donnell, James Blennerhasset and many others. 2004 brought two new recordings. ”The Eagles Whistle” with friend, uilleann piper Joe McHugh under the guise of the band “Airla”. This was followed by Alan’s production and co-recording of the CD “Ar Mhuin Na Muice” with Donegal singer, Bríd Ní Mhaoileoin .A collection of songs in the Irish language.
Alan’s inexhaustible repertoire of traditional, Gaelic, self-penned and contemporary song has kept him busy as a solo performer and collaborator with a wide variety of other musicians. His performance, presence and delivery demanding the attention of his audience. Alan is currently a member of the much acclaimed band ‘At First Light’
Donal O’Connor - Fiddle, Keyboards.
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. Highly regarded as a fiddle player, he was asked, at the tender age of twenty one, to take part in the prestigious ‘Music Network Tour of Ireland’ alongside Scottish Guitarist Tony Mc Manus, Fermanagh purveyor of song Gabriel McArdle and Belfast Piper John McSherry (Lúnasa, Coolfin, Tamalin). Dónal’s playing was described recently by the press as “immaculate” “electrifying” and “…borne out of naked talent and consummate professionalism…” The Irish Times “exquisite” - The Scotsman. He has toured Europe and the USA extensively from a young age as both a lead and backing instrumentalist with a number of bands including Lá Lugh. Dónal has also presented a number of music programmes on BBC Radio Ulster and was the presenter of BBC Northern Ireland’s excellent 10 part music series ‘An Stuif Ceart’ - described as a rare musical treat, the series incorporated an eclectic mix of talent with such luminaries as John Prine and Henry McCullough alongside the cream of Irish talent. Currently a member of the highly rated band ‘At First Light’ his most recent recording ‘Tripswitch’ with John McSherry has recieved rave reviews. “There’s probably not been such an innovative album released on the green island since Lunasa’s The Merry Sisters of Fate and Tripswitch probably shatters more boundaries.” - Folk Roots