MAURICE LENNON BIOGRAPHY
Maurice Lennon is a name recognised by many people in the now vast world that is Irish Music. Maurice began playing traditional music at the age of 13. He was to work hard and "somewhat against the odds" he was to win that most coveted title of Senior All Ireland Champion at the age of 17, following in the footsteps of such great players as Seamus Connolly, Brendan McGlinchy, Liz Carroll. He was followed by the likes of Desi Donnelly, Eileen Ivers, and Martin Hayes.
The late 70's was to prove an exciting time for a player
who was somewhat shunned by the then "music hierarchy", simply he believes
because "youthful enthusiasm had to have its fling". As a co-founder of
80's super-group 'Stockton's Wing' Maurice has had the great pleasure
of sharing the same stage with a host of world renowned artists including,
Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Stephan Grapelli, Michael
Jackson, as well as performing and appearing in the superb Irish film,
"The Field", which featured Richard Harris, Sean Bean, John Hurt, and
Tom Berringer amongst others.
Performance is still a very integral part of Maurice's music. In recent years Maurice has performed as a special guest musician with Sean Keane, Ireland's award winning singer, with whom he toured Ireland and the world. In the summer of 2001 Maurice was approached by the Ragus group from the Aran Islands to produce their new album and become the musical advisor. This music developed into a phenomenally successful live show, which had a two month sell-out run in Dublin's premier venue, Vicar Street. In addition to producing their album, Maurice also wrote a piece for the show and the album called 'Island Memories', of which reviewers wrote "ex-Stockton's Wing fiddler Maurice Lennon contributed some fine new compositions …" and "there are a number of original compositions from founder member of Stockton's Wing, including a piece he wrote for the show called 'Island Memories', a slow air that grows confidently fast to reflect the change in life on the islands from slow to fast."
The next few years will hopefully see Maurice open more new doors, continue to entertain, and above all, touch people with what surely is "a gift". Maurice intends to do a number of dates around Ireland, performing with the full band, "Brian Boru - The High King of Tara". The story of Brian Boru is so strong; that Maurice expects it could be the ideal show for Music Festivals around the world this summer.
"I'd love to write music for film or television, write a pop song for Bellfire, take my music to Newfoundland, all the while finding peace of mind." Maurice Lennon
"Maurice Lennon makes literal the cliché about making a fiddle talk" Sandra Flavin The Sunday Tribune
"Maurice Lennon (ex-Stockton's Wing) played the fiddle like a man possessed" Dick O'Riordan The Sunday Business Post
"His musical heritage makes its own distinctive mark" - Ragus The Show