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Matt Molloy (of The Chieftains), John Carty and Arty McGlynn

August 2, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

$25 – $30
DO THEY really have to make it look so easy? So remarked one reviewer having just seen the trad superstar ensemble of  Matt Molloy , John Carty and Arty McGlynn on stage. You can decide for yourself as the most exciting trad combination of recent times embark on their first ever visit to Canada with the support of Culture Ireland 2016. Dates will include Hugh’s Room in Toronto on Tuesday 2nd August at 8.30pm.


The trio will explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of the North Connaught district of Ireland. Matt Molloy is a native of Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon – the mecca of traditional Irish flute playing. Considered by many as the greatest flute player of our time, Matt over the years has been a member of the Bothy Band, Planxty and the Chieftains and he has single handedly brought flute playing to a new level. Born in London, John Carty has established himself among the elite of Irish traditional musicians. With three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, two group albums and a sprinkling of recorded tenor guitar and flute music recordings under his belt, John Carty’s musical prowess has grown to great heights. He is also a member of the bands At the Racket and Patrick Street. Most recently John arranged and played all the traditional music elements in the film Brooklyn.  Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Musician of the year Award. They are delighted to be joined by Ireland’s number one guitar player, Arty McGlynn. His subtle and imaginative guitar playing is the perfect accompaniment to Matt and John’s unique duet. Arty has played with Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and the Van Morrison Band, and has recorded and played with amongst others Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, the Chieftains and Tim O’Brien. Co-ordinating the flute and fiddle is an art in itself. Both Matt and John play strictly within the tradition, yet when playing together both are exhilarated by the boundlessness of each other’s playing.  But the music is more than that too – more than simply the sum of two players. “A third element comes in there….it resolves into something else” says Matt. “Something that comes about when two players are wired in to each other and working intently with the music. It makes you feel good for days.” It will make the audience feel good for days too and early booking is strongly advised.


“…it doesn’t get much better than this. The solidity and tightness of Molloy’s flute and Carty’s fiddle are a joy to hear” – Sarah McQuaid, Hotpress


“this duet recording is a rip roaring success….and ends as it began, with world class grace and power. Pathway to the Well is one of those must-have flute and fiddle albums” – Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine



August 2, 2016
8:30 pm
$25 – $30
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