[Events] Lunchtime Concert - Gerry O'Connor & Gilles Le Bigot

Ruth.Morrissey Ruth.Morrissey at staffmail.ul.ie
Tue Feb 2 11:39:51 GMT 2010


Lunchtime Concert Series

Irish World Academy, University of Limerick

Tuesday 2nd February 1.15 pm

Performing Arts Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Foundation Building


Gerry O'Connor (Fiddle) & Gilles Le Bigot (Guitar)

Gerry O'Connor is one of Ireland's most outstanding fiddle players. His family has played fiddle for at least four generations and Gerry is able to draw on this wealth of music learned from his mother Rose O'Connor and also from hand-written manuscripts passed down through the family. 

Later he came under the influence of Joe Gardiner the great Sligo fiddle player, who lived in Dundalk for many years. Gerry breathes new life and intensity into many long forgotten tunes from his home area in the North East of Ireland. His unique personal style and splendidly fluid bow-hand combined with technical virtuosity have brought him to concert stages throughout the world and have earned him international renown. He is a founding member of the band Skylark and recorded four albums with this highly respected band that had toured Europe for 10 years. The Brighid's Kiss album of his own band La Lúgh was voted album of the year 1996.

The guitarist Gilles Le Bigot, is best known in Brittany as the co-founder of the groups Skolvan and Barzaz. Since the early 1980's his work as guitar-player and composer is characterized by the" open-tuning" style. After having collaborated on several major recordings in the 1990's such as " l'Héritage des Celtes " by Dan Ar Braz , " An Den Kozh Dall " by Barzaz, " Times are Changing " by Skolvan and" Azéliziza " by Le Bagad Kemper, Gilles decides to record his first solo album : Empreintes.

Gerry O'Connor & Gilles Le Bigot recorded an album together in 2006 'En Concert/In Concert'

Admission free, all welcome.




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