The reigning Fiddler of Dooney, Tara Breen from Co.Clare was but one of a star studded group of Traditional Irish musicians who put on a truly outstanding concert in Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, on September 22nd last.
Accompanied by her father, Martin Breen, Tara thrilled the audience with her fine spirited playing, displaying all the skills of a master fiddle player with a lovely selection of tunes. Gracious hostess for the evening was Anne Marie McGowan, an excellent fiddle player, who recited lovely poetry - some about her beloved Monastraden where her family came from. Two young musicians with family roots in the wider Gurteen area, Sean and Gearoid Keane, gave a lovely entertaining performance with concertina and fiddle, and step dancing too.
They are proud worthy bearers of a fine tradition, being nephews of the great concertina player, Noel Hill. They have won all Ireland competitions in U-18 and Senior age groups and were part of the Riverdance flying squad
The MacCaba sisters, Bláithnid and Fionnuala, also on fiddle and concertina treated the hugely appreciative audience to a scintillating presentation of music and indeed Bláithnid is also the worthy All Ireland U-18 Concertina Champion. The highlight of this fantastic evening was the attendance of the widely acclaimed Manus McGuire. This Sligoman, now living in Clare was making his first appearance at Ceoláras Coleman and was accompanied by Denis Carey, renowned accompanist and composer. Their music brought the house down. It was traditional fiddle music in a classic style, presented with passion and perfection. Manus has received critical acclaim by noted musicians but he was warmly received by an enthusiastic audience. The evening concluded with the whole company playing appropriately: ‘The Sligo Maid’, to which the dancers in the group provided a spectacle of step dancing, as near to perfection as one could see.