"Breaking trad" at Coolnasmear hall November 21st 2015

 Comeraghs comhaltas are delighted to welcome Donal Murphy and his unique band " Breaking trad"  to Coolnasmear hall on November 21st at 8pm as part of their current national tour of Ireland.
Breaking Trad are a really dynamic Irish traditonal band featuring Donal Murphy (accordion) Niall Murphy (Fiddle)  and Mike Galvin (Guitar).
Niall Murphy hails from South Armagh and is an all-Ireland senior fiddle Champion.  He is a member of the band Reel It In as well as having playing with the likes of Cara Dillon, Beoga, The Chieftans, The Unwanted Trio and Mike Mc Goldrick to name but a few.
Mike Galvin is a native of Killarney. He started playing guitar and piano at the age of five. He plays  in Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan and has toured wordwide with scores of other musicians, and he is an expert at getting lovely bass lines out of his guitar 
 Donal Murphy is deeply rooted in the mountain area of sliabh luachra though born in England, his family moved to Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick way back in the 1970s. Donal followed his father and took up the button accordion.
 Donal  plays in a distinct Munster style. His solo debut includes more slides and polkas than reels, and the reels also have that delightful Sliabh Luachra bounce!He has always felt a deep grá for the music and style of the locality in which he lives, and has kept his ‘musical ear’ firmly tuned to the two primary influences on his life of music – his chosen instrument, the accordion, and the musical heritage of ‘Sliabh Luachra’. 
Dónal is one of the foremost and most dazzling exponents of the great style of music from this region.
 In August 1990, together with Cathal Hayden (fiddle), Brian McGrath (banjo), Gino Lupari (Bodhrán) & Mick Daly (guitar/vocals), they formed the now renowned ‘Four Men & a Dog’. The “Dogs” current lineup is Donal Murphy , Gino Lupari, Cathal Hayden, Stephen Hayden and Kevin Doherty, and they still play a number of big festivals each year.
Donal remained very much involved in music locally, and soon teamed up with Matt Cranitch (fiddle) and Tommy O’ Sullivan (guitarist/vocalist). The trio gelled, and a new entity was born. They recorded ‘Sliabh Notes’ in 1995, and soon the album title became the band name. A defining feature of this band is their powerful playing of polkas and slides, a thing deeply rooted in musicians from southwest of Ireland. Sliabh Notes have played most of the biggest Irish festivals in the world.
One of the highlights of Dónal’s musical career came in the summer of 1998 when Michael Flatley invited him to play in the Premiere of “Feet of Flames” in Hyde Park, London. He recorded his debut solo album "Happy Hour", featuring Steve Cooney, Tim Edey, Brian McGrath, and a load of other Murphys.  
Breaking trad music has been described as 'Dazzling', 'unorthodox and unique', and 'high octane'. This powerhouse trio, “Breaking Trad”, are reviving trad with a fresh and modern twist.
We are looking forward to welcoming " Breaking trad" to Coolnasmear hall on Saturday November 21st 2015.
This is sure to be a fantastic night of Traditional Music played by experts at the highest level, and will be a treat for all music enthusiasts.

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Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

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