John Hoban - From the Rising Sun to the Open Road

with Sarah Ghriallais (singer), John Hoban (mando cello), Kanako Machida (accordion), Mareka Naito (fiddle/concertina), Desi Wilkinson (flute), Mayo Yanachi (fiddle), and Gearóid Devaney (dancer). A candid insight into how Irish traditional music has brought two cultures together.

Saturday 19th November - doors 7.30pm - An Taibhdhearc

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John Hoban

Castlebar Native John Hoban - musician, singer, songwriter, poet, teacher - has travelled all over the world with his music. The ultimate multi-instrumentalist, John plays fiddle, accordion, mandolin, mando.cello, harmonica... He also writes and composes his own songs and music. It has been said that he could make music from a sheaf of oats. John has travelled the world, understated and under the radar, but is probably one of Ireland’s greatest musical gems, eliciting songs and performing them from his soul.

Photograph of John Hoban by Alison Laredo.

Sarah Ghriallais

Amhranai legendary, Sarah Ghriallais as Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile i gConamara, duine de mhórfhonnadóirí sean-nóis na linne seo The Griallais family from Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile in Conamara have, between them, won Corn Uí Riada, the pinnacle of sean-nós singing, no less than eight times. Sarah herself is regarded as the jewel of an exceptionally talented singing family.

Desi Wilkinson

Desi Wilkinson is an Irish Traditional musician of International repute, known principally as a flute and whistle player and a singer. He has previously recorded two critically acclaimed solo albums, the “Three piece Flute” and “Shady Woods” along with five albums with the renowned group Cran. A host of other recording and performance collaborations - including the album “Buffalo in the Castle” together with Mairtín O’Connor, Lena Ulman and Frank Hall - reflect his eclectic musical interests.

Desi’s academic work has been published in journals and book chapters. His recent book “Call to the dance” concerns the socio-cultural world of music and dance in Brittany. Desi is a graduate of Queens University Belfast and the University of Limerick. His PhD in ethnomusicology from UL was awarded in 1999. He has Worked as a Lecturer in Music studies in Ireland the U.K and Canada.

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