MIM Master Artists' Concert, June 15
7:30pm. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $6 for Children before June 1st. This concert is open to the public!
This year’s Master Concert will feature visiting artists Geraldine Cotter, Eamonn Cotter, Oisín McAuley, Eileen O'Brien, and Meaití Jó Shéamuis. The audience will be treated to the synchronicity of the Cotters’ duet, the legacy of the O’Brien’s repertoire, the distinctive vocal styling of Mattie Joe, and the genre-bending virtuosity of McAuley.
Geraldine Cotter (tin whistle, piano): A native of Ennis, Co. Clare, Geraldine Cotter is an internationally-known teacher and performer on both the tin whistle and piano. She has published two best selling tutors; the first in 1983 for the tin whistle called Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor and in 1996, Seinn an Piano, the first of its kind for traditional piano. In 2002 she launched her first solo album “Piano+” and in 2006, Rogha, a tune book with accompanying play-a-long CD. She also contributed to The Companion to Irish Traditional Music edited by Fintan Vallely and published by Cork University Press 1999. Geraldine has recorded over 20 CDs with artists including with her brother Eamonn, Catherine McEvoy, Dympna O Sullivan, Peadar O'Loughlin, and Eileen O'Brien. As a member of the traditional Irish group, Shaskeen, she has performed on stage with Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Patrick Ourceau, and Joe Burke. Geraldine taught music as a secondary teacher for over 25 years and spent time in the late 70’s collecting music and songs in North Co. Kerry for an archive that is kept in Muckross House in Killarney. She is currently a researcher, teacher and lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick.
Eamonn Cotter(flute): Eamonn Cotter is a highly respected flute player, maker, and teacher from Kilmaley, County Clare. Along with his sister Geraldine, he plays with the popular traditional Irish group Shaskeen. He has also played and toured with the Irish groups St.Flannan's and the Tulla Ceili Bands. Eamonn has released two solo recordings: "Eamonn Cotter: Traditional Music from County Clare," and in 2012, "The Knotted Chord." The Knotted Chord is Eamonn’s first solo release in 15 years and features two other MIM visiting artists, Geraldine Cotter and Eileen O’ Brien. Irish Music Magazine hails the CD “a master class in choice quality Clare traditional music.” Eamonn teaches privately and at workshops and summer schools, including the Willie Clancy Summer School. He is also renowned as a fine maker of the traditional concert wooden flute and sells under his own brand, Cotter Flutes.
Oisín McAuley (fiddle): Oisín McAuley was raised in Carrick, County Donegal, an area in rural North Western Ireland renowned as having one of the finest fiddle traditions of the 21st century. Having learned from fiddler Ben Lennon and influenced by such Donegal icons as James Byrne, Con Cassidy, and particularly John Doherty, Oisin went on to study music at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland and began performing with a number of bands - Cran, Stockton’s Wing, and Hot Club of Dublin. In 2001 Oisín joined the award-winning traditional Irish band Danú with whom he performs to the present day. Oisín has recorded eight albums and a live concert documentary with Danú called ‘One Night Stand’. His debut solo album “Far From The Hills Of Donegal” was released by Nashville based Compass Records in 2007. As well as embracing traditional tunes, McAuley’s debut explored contemporary music with, respectively, hints of jazz, bluegrass, and classical styles permeating some of the tracks. The album also features a number of McAuley’s original compositions. Oisín currently works at Berklee College of Music in Boston and lives in Holliston, Massachusetts.
Eileen O'Brien (fiddle): Eileen O’Brien is one of Ireland’s foremost traditional fiddlers, highly respected in Irish traditional music circles. Her late father was accordionist and composer Paddy O’Brien, of County Tipperary, who was instrumental in establishing the B/C style of button accordion playing as we know it today. Paddy was also one of the most prolific composers of traditional music. Eileen has continued the musical tradition of her family and has won several All-Ireland fiddle titles, as well as awards in the Scoraiocht and Plearaha competitions of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. She is a highly respected teacher and currently serves as a tutor at the I.W.A.M.D at the University of Limerick where she teaches students undertaking both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Eileen has recorded three albums to date, “Newtown Bridge”1999, “The Fiddler’s Choice”2005 and her new album “Aon le hAon”2012, which reflects the musical style and immense influence of the O’Brien family from North Tipperary. She has produced two books of music, “The Compositions of Paddy O’Brien” 1991 and “The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien” 2009 both with J.D.C.Publications.
Meaití Jó Shéamuis 'Mattie Joe Hamish'- (sean-nós song, uilleann pipes): Meaití Jó Shéamuis is an acclaimed sean-nós singer, and won Corn Uí Riada, the All-Ireland sean-nós competition in 2001. He is also a skilled instrumentalist, and plays flute and uilleann pipes. Meaití Jó is from the south Connemara Irish-speaking area of Inverin in County Galway, Ireland, and was one of the first broadcasters with the inaugural Irish language radio station, Raidió na Gaeltachta, in 1972. He has since spent much of his time collecting, producing and presenting traditional Irish music and songs from all over Ireland and further afield. He has played in festivals in Ireland, Europe and the U.S., and has served as a performer, instructor and adjudicator. Meaití Jó’s album “Bóithríní an Locháin: Sean-nós Songs from Connemara” was released in 2009.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.