Oisín Mac Diarmada.
Oisín Mac Diarmada.

Music series ends on high note

Posted November 1, 2007

KCT Concerts completes their musical series this weekend as they bring to the Katharine Cornell Theatre two of Ireland's most remarkable young musicians. This pairing of Irish music talents showcases Louise Mulcahy on uilleann pipes and flute, and Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle, both All-Ireland champions.

The duo, which is known for its creative and energetic drive, will perform a traditional concert this Saturday, Nov. 3. Combined with a true love and respect of tradition, Ms. Mulcahy and Mr. Mac Diarmada are leaders of a new generation of talented Irish musicians.

Mr. Mac Diarmada has been a favorite of Island audiences since his first performance here in 2001. With the newly formed band Téada in their first U.S. concert, he performed for the KCT Concerts traditional music series, and he has continued to do so for the past few years. This will be his sixth performance here.

Téada, led by Mr. Mac Diarmada, went on to become one of Ireland's most successful and highly respected bands. Since leading the band and graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in music education, Mr. Mac Diarmada founded Ceol Productions Ltd. in 2001. The company is a worldwide management booking agency and consulting service that works with Irish traditional artists.

The achievements don't stop there. Most recently, he was awarded a research studentship by Dundalk Institute of Technology, where he is engaging in postgraduate studies in "Political Identity and Movement to Music."

Making up the other half of the performing duo, Ms. Mulcahy shines in her own spotlight with accumulating accolades. In 2001, she was the first woman to win the Senior All-Ireland Uilleann Piping, and also won first place in flute and whistle. In addition, she played in the Piper's Concert at age 16 in the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, where there had never been a woman piper in the concert before.

Currently, she is the leading female uilleann piper in Ireland, and also one of the best of her generation. In 2000, she combined with her father and sister and recorded "The Mulcahy Family," a Shanachie CD that was in the Irish Echo's top 15 traditional albums of the year. Her family in 2005 produced "Notes from the Heart," which made Irish Echo's number five spot for best albums.

Most recently, she and her sister shared the 2006 Live Ireland Award for Female Musician of the Year.

Mr. Mac Diarmada and Ms. Mulcahy are known for their unbelievable talents in traditional music. Highly regarded in Ireland, the two bring their music to the Island to give a perfect finale for KCT Concerts.

Louise Mulcahy and Oisín Mac Diarmada concert, Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $15 in advance at Aboveground Records, Island Entertainment, and Alley's General Store; or $20 at the door; children are admitted free. For more information or reservations call 508-693-6996. KCT Concerts is a non-profit group.