April 2002 sees the first US tour by two
of Ireland's leading traditional musicians Nollaig Casey on
fiddle & vocals and Arty McGlynn on guitar.
Sunday, April 21 Seattle, WA: The Tractor
Tuesday, April 16th Santa Cruz, Ca. USA, The Cayuga Vault.
Sunday, April 14th Worcester, MA: The Irish Times
Saturday April 13th Southport, CT: Pequot Library
Thursday, April 11th Chicago, IL: Chief O'Neill's
Wednesday, April 10th Boston, MA: The Burren.
For more details and bookings contact Helen Bommarito at
Tel: (206) 547-7210 Fax: (206) 547-5014
Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn are a most exciting
duo who together provide a rich mix of talent and experience.
Nollaig and Arty first met in Dublin in 1979, after which
their musical paths crossed again and again at recording sessions,
television and radio studios and on stage with Andy Irvine, Planxty,
Makem & Clancy and Maura O'Connell. The more they played together
the more they enjoyed each other's company and eventually in 1984
In 1990 they recorded and released their first album together,
"Lead the Knave" to great critical acclaim, it was awarded the Belfast
Telegraph Entertainment Media and Arts Award, (E.M.A), for excellence
in the field of Folk Music. Together, they arranged and played music
for the sound track of the feature film "Moondance" as well as "Hear
My Song", a full-length feature film, based on the life of singer
Joseph Locke, in which they also made an appearance.
In July 1995 they released their second album together, Causeway
for Tara Music, which as well as featuring Nollaig's superb singing
for the first time, also has nine sets of original tunes composed
by Nollaig and Arty. These tunes range from soft and gentle to strong
and vibrant and display a unique love and understanding for the
music and its origins. Many of these tracks include the stunning
harmonica playing of Brendan Power.
is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians, with an international
reputation as an exponent of Irish traditional music on the fiddle.
By the time she began to play the violin at the age of eleven she
was already proficient in a variety of instruments - notably piano,
tin-whistle and uilleann pipes. Throughout her teens she developed
her talents both in fields of classical and traditional music, winning
several All-Ireland titles for fiddle-playing and traditional singing
culminating in the award to her in 1972 for the best all-round performer.
Having graduated from University College of Cork with a B-Mus degree
at the early age of nineteen, she embarked upon a professional career,
firstly with the RTE Symphony Orchestra where she remained for five
years and later as a freelance player of growing stature. She joined
the legendary band Planxty in 1980 and toured with them in Ireland,
UK and Europe. In recent years Nollaig has recorded and toured with
a variety of groups and musicians including, Moving Hearts, Liam
O'Flynn, Mary Black and Elvis Costello. Her television appearances
include the BBC TV series "Bringing it All Back Home" and "A River
of Sound". More recently Nollaig has performed as a featured artist
in Donal Lunny's Coolfin band with whom she has recorded and toured
is without doubt the finest and most sought after guitar player
in Ireland with a unique understanding of music he performs. Born
in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, is family were steeped in traditional music,
but when his mother bought him his first guitar at the age of eleven,
it was the great jazz guitar masters that he studied, and by the
age of fifteen, he was already playing professionally.
The late sixties saw him move further afield, trips to UK and USA,
moving from band to band and adding the pedal steel guitar to his
musical arsenal along the way. But by the mid seventies the endless
run of one nighters had begun to lose their appeal and Arty was
beginning to look for something more real, something that would
excite him again.
Towards the end of the seventies, Arty revived his interest in
Irish traditional music and his first solo album, "McGlynn's Fancy",
was released in 1979 to great critical acclaim. This is the first
recording ever in which the guitar is played in an authentic traditional
style, and as such has been hailed as a classic in the traditional
music world. Arty subsequently became one of the most sought after
musicians in the country, playing and recording with the likes of
Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Liam O'Flynn. He played as a member
of such prestigious groups as Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann
and The Van Morrison Band.
Arty subsequently became one of the most sought after musicians
in the country, playing and recording with the likes of Christy
Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn. He played as a
member of such prestigious groups as Planxty, Patrick Street, De
Danann and the Van Morrison Band.
Arty is equally in demand as a live performer, recording artist
and producer. The album "Barking Mad" by the group Four Men & A
Dog, which Arty produced, was voted Folk Album of the year by Folk
Roots Magazine. He produced Christy Hennessy's album, "The Rehearsal",
which remained in the Irish charts continuously for eighteen months,
he also collaborated with Frances Black on her first two solo albums,
"Talk to Me" and "The Sky Road", both of which have topped the charts
in Ireland and have been critically received in the UK and America.
In 1997 Arty suffered a severe setback when he broke his wrist
while on tour in the USA, however a quick recovery has seen him
back playing with all his immense skills, after only a few months.
As well as performing live throughout Europe with Liam O'Flynn he
also co-produced with Liam, Liam's most recent album The Piper's