Mairtin O'Connor Band
Featuring Máirtín O’Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo), Seamie
O’Dowd (guitars, vocals).
Since about 2001 the current line up of the Máirtín O’Connor
band has been steadily evolving into a cohesive musical entity. The three musicians have built a formidable musical relationship
over the last few years gigging together frequently as well as collaborating in the studio. The catalyst for this was
Máirtín when he invited the others to play on his ground-breaking ‘Road West’ album and again later on
the ‘Rain of Light’ album, much of which went down live such was the musical and personal rapport that had developed
Individually they have built solid reputations as musicians in terms of ability and versatility.
Máirtín was one of the main musical forces behind the now legendary Riverdance phenomenon.
Having previously through his work with De Dannan, Midnight Well and Skylark and also as a solo artist, quite simply gone where no
Irish accordion player had gone before. He is one of the most respected and best loved musicians ever to emerge from the
Cathal Hayden needs no introduction to anyone even remotely familiar with traditional Irish
music. A multiple All-Ireland Championship winner, he achieved world-wide recognition as one of the founder members of Four Men and
a Dog. He is one of Ireland’s top fiddlers and his solo banjo performances are quite simply show-stopping.
Seamie O’Dowd’s musical abilities have become increasingly familiar at international level in
recent years. Rooted deeply in the traditional music of Sligo, he has played in many genres of acoustic and electric music. He
toured the world for a number of years with Sligo trad legends Dervish and recently has played both home and abroad with Liam
O’Flynn, Matt Molloy and Mary McPartlan.
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