Traditional trio in ‘The Reel Thing’

Mary McPartlan will perform at Roscommon Arts Centre on Thursday 6th March with friends Tommy Peoples and Seamie O’Dowd as part of The Reel Thing. This outstanding trio of traditional music and singing also welcome Damian O’Brien and Oliver Loughlin as support act. Following on from her award winning debut CD ‘The Holland Handkerchief, she has recently launched her new CD entitled ‘Petticoat Loose’ representing her association with many high profile artists in the traditional music world in Ireland and her lifelong friendship with the poet and playwright Vincent Woods. With a highly distinctive voice that has been described as gloriously earthy, Mary’s is indeed one of greatest voices in Ireland. Tommy Peoples has been acknowledged world wide as one of the greater influences on traditional Irish music and particularly fiddle playing, not just for his playing ability but also for his musical composition in the traditional genre. Tommy has played with musicians such as the Bothy Band, Matt Molloy, Liam O’Flynn, Donal Lunny and Paul Brady. A hugely talented fiddle player, Tommy has been involved in traditional music for almost four decades. Seamie O’Dowd was brought up in a household steeped in the traditional music traditions of South County Sligo. He is a multi instrumentalist playing guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, bodhrán and fiddle and was an important element of Dervish for many years. Seamie currently plays with accordion player Máirtín O’Connor and also with Liam O’Flynn. Fiddle and piano-box duo Damian O’Brien and Oliver Loughlin join this stellar line-up. Both Leitrim natives, they are no strangers to the traditional music scene having played together since the age of twelve. With such a breathtaking line-up this Reel Thing session at the arts centre is definitely one not to be missed. Booking at Roscommon Arts Centre Box office (090) 66 25824.