Maurice Lennon & Cormac Begley

Maurice Lennon – is a name that rolls of the tongue in the World of Traditional Irish Music. As Co.Leitrim’s representative, Maurice won the senior all-Ireland fiddle competition, the last time it was held in Ennis Co.Clare in 1977. He became a founding member of the band Stockton’s Wing for almost 38 years. In the last ten years he has also performed with people as Ronnie Drew, Liam Clancy, Sean Keane, John Prine, Sharon Shannon, Finbar Furey and Johnny McEvoy. In recent years, music and poetry composition have become his passion and his compositions are being performed by people such as Cherish The Ladies, Four Men and A Dog, Capperceili, Natalie McMaster and the Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra.

Cormac Begley – is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas player from a well-known west Kerry musical family. His the founder of the award winning ‘Tunes in the Church’ live concert series ( and the residential school Airt ( He has recently completed a PhD in Psychology at NUI, Galway, where he researched the pressures experienced by adolescent males growing up in Ireland. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Sean O Riada Award for concertina playing. The Irish Times described his playing as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship’ (****, Siobhán Long). To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty (‘Na Fir Bolg’), the second, featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo, ‘Tunes in the Church’) and third, with the band Rė featuring Liam O Maonaí, Peter O Toole, Maitiu O Casaide and Eithne Ni Chathain.

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