Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
and Cormac Begley
Following a successful run of dates last December, Caoimhín
Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley open their next
run of shows at the London Irish Centre in Camden this
The talented pair share a common interest in the traditional
music of both Kerry and Clare, and they both have an
approach to music that revels in repetition and a deep
meditative engagement with each tune.
Caoimhín's distinctive sound can be traced back
to an early interest in both the sound of the flat-pitch
uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music
of Kerry and Clare. Twelve albums to date: solo, duos,
trios, and with bands This Is How We Fly and The Gloaming.
He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages
in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the
Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center.
Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina
player from a West-Kerry musical family. He is founder
of Airt and award winning Tunes in the Church concert
series in Galway and Dublin. In 2014, he received the
Seán Ó Riada Award for concertina playing.
To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings
- the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty
('Na Fir Bolg'), the second ('Tunes in the Church'),
featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic
Mac Donnchadha (banjo), and third, Ré, featuring
Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiú Ó
Casaide, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Peter
Throughout the concert, the pair play a number of very
unusual instruments that extend the musical and sonic
range available to them: bass, baritone and piccolo
concertinas combining with a 10-string hardanger d'Amore
fiddle and Dali-esque 5-string viola.