This concert will be preceded by Toner Quinn in Conversation with Matt Molloy & John Carty - "The Footprint of the Music of an Area". Join Toner Quinn, fiddle player and editor of The Journal of Music, as he leads two of Irish music's finest as they discuss the part they have played in playing, collecting, composing and passing on the tunes on their greater journeys to, and beyond, North Roscommon.
Probably the most exciting trad combination of recent times, Matt Molloy and John Carty together with Brian McGrath are taking part in the Follow the Tune events in King House, Boyle on Saturday 21st May. Together they will explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of North Roscommon.
Matt over the years has been a member of the Bothy Band, Planxty and the Chieftains. His three solo albums, as well as his trio recording with Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady in the late 70’s brought flute playing to a new level. Born in London but living in Boyle for over 25 years, John Carty has established himself among the elite of Irish traditional musicians. With three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, two group albums and a sprinkling of recorded tenor guitar and flute music recordings under his belt, John Carty’s musical prowess has grown to great heights. He is also a member of the bands At the Racket and Patrick Street. Most recently John arranged and played all the traditional music elements in the film Brooklyn. Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Musician of the year Award. They are delighted to be joined by much sought after pianist, Brian McGrath. His subtle and imaginative playing is the perfect accompaniment to Matt and John’s unique duet. Brian has toured extensively, playing with all the biggest names in Irish traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, John Carty, Matt Molloy, and Eleanor Shanley to name a few.
“…it doesn’t get much better than this. The solidity and tightness of Molloy’s flute and Carty’s fiddle are a joy to hear”
Sarah McQuaid, Hotpress
“this duet recording is a riproaring success….and ends as it began, with world class grace and power, one of those must-have flute and fiddle albums"
Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine