A Tribute to Séamus Creagh

The 15th of March this year marks the 10 anniversary of the passing of  Séamus Creagh. The Cork Folk Festival and musician friends of Séamus have put together this concert to pay a tribute to this wonderful traditional musician.


A Tribute to Séamus Creagh

Cork School of Music

Friday 15th March 8pm

Tickets €15 / €10 Conc.


Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch,


Siobhan Peoples, Beanie Odell, Amelia Baker,

Eoin O Riabhaigh & Aidan Coffey,

Caoimh & Eimhear Flannery

Fear a’Tí – William (Hammy) Hammond


Séamus was born in Killucan in County Westmeath in 1946. In 1967 he made trip to Baltimore in West Cork, just for a weekend, this trip started his long association with Cork, it’s traditional music and musicians. In 1977 Séamus made his first recording with accordion player Jackie Daly on the Gael Linn label. This album is now generally acknowledged as one of the seminal recordings of the music of Sliabh Luachra. In the late 80’s while in Newfoundland he recorded the CD ‘The Brule Boys in Paris’ with the group Tickle Harbour and a solo CD ‘Came the Dawn’. When Seamus returned to Cork, he recorded with Aidan Coffey, with Con O Drisceoil and Hammy Hamilton on the CD ‘It’s no Secret’ and a CD ‘Island to Island’ with musicians from Cork to Newfoundland. His final recording before his untimely death in 2009 was a double CD ‘Tunes for Practice’ is a legacy from Séamus for all who would like to learn his music. Each year since 2010 in St. John’s Newfoundland, a traditional music festival is run in memory of Séamus.

The concert features;

Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, for many years, accordion maestro Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch on fiddle have been among the foremost interpreters of the rich Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music. Their new album, Rolling On, draws upon this rich legacy. As Dan Neely said in the NY Irish Echo, “Separately, they are brilliant to hear but together they are sublime.” Matt and Jackie are spreading the popularity of Sliabh Luachra music all over Ireland and North America, from Allihies to Newfoundland and from Clifton to the Catskill Mountains.

GREENSHINE is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear.

Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others.


Siobhán Peoples

Siobhán comes from a long lineage of traditional musicians, she is the daughter of the legendary Donegal fiddle player Tommy Peoples and her grandmother was Kitty Linnane, the piano player with the Kilfenora Ceili Band. She is a very talented fiddle player and an exponent of the Donegal Fiddling Style. She has a recorded many albums and her most recent with accordion player Murty Ryan, ‘Time On Our Hands’. Siobhan is also a fiddle tutor at the Irish World Academy in Limerick. She will be accompanied by American fiddle players Beanie Odell from North Carolina and Amelia Baker from California.


Caoimh & Eimhear Flannery

Sisters Caoimh and Eimhear Flannery are young traditional musicians from Rockchapel Co Cork, they are rising stars in traditional music. Eimhear (whistle, Concertina) and Caoimh (fiddle) are multi all Ireland Fleadh winners and play in the Sliabh Luachra style. Caoimh won the junior Fiddler of Dooney in 2017 in 2018 featured at the North Atlantic Fiddle convention in Scotland and at the fiddle concert at the 2018 Cork Folk Festival.


Aidan Coffey

Aidan Coffey from Bunmahon Co. Waterford, he joined De Dannan in 1988 and spent seven years touring and recording with them. He also recorded an album with Seamus Creagh in 1999 and has just released a brilliant new album ‘The Corner House Set’.


Eoin O Riabhaigh (pipes)

Eoin O Riabhaigh is a piper and pipemaker; he is the son of the late Cork piper and teacher, Micheál O Riabhaigh. He began his piping career at the tender age of 9 under his father’s watchful eye, and continues to play regularly. Eoin has enjoyed a very varied career as a piper, having performed and recorded with, among others, Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Iris Demente (US) and Tim O‘Brien.