Sunday, August 12, 2012

North Antrim Fiddling Today!

Probably the finest Co. Antrim Fiddler around today is Glens of Antrim man, Jim McKillop.

Jim McKillop

"Jim McKillop was born in the village of Cushendall, located in the beautiful Glens of Antrim, Ireland. From an early age, he was interested in playing music, beginning with the Accordion and later Guitar and Banjo. At the age of 26, he became interested in the fiddle and just four years later (without formal tuition), he won in the same year the three most important Irish Traditional Fiddling competitions in Ireland, i.e., The All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil (Senior Title)The Fiddler of Aileach and Fiddler of Oriel competitions."

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A local Fiddle player who is still very much with us, up here in North Antrim, is 
Dominic McNabb
CD available at  Glensmusic 

Dominic McNabb, of Ballycastle, is an Irish man with Scottish roots and his traditional fiddling has a unique lilting style which is typical of North Antrim.

He recently produced a CD & is accompanied on piano by Rose Murray and also by Sean Quinn on guitar and keyboards, for a sparkling selection of Jigs,Reels, Hornpipes and Airs.

Here's a video of Dominic McNabb playing at his local Pub Session, O'Connors in Ballycastle.

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Johnny Murphy
CD available at  Glensmusic 

Johnny Murphy is one of the younger generation on the local Fiddle scene.
On his recently released CD, Tuned In, he plays with fire & passion & a degree of skill which reflects some of the excellent tutors he has had the sense to take advantage of as he has matured as a Fiddle player.

Johnny is more of a Mid-Antrim player, but he plays a lot of his Fiddle music these days in North Antrim so certainly deserves a mention here.
His teachers over the years have included Cahal KerrMaebh McKeown & Sean McGuire, while local players who have influenced & inspired him include Dominic McNabb, Ciaran Mulholland, Denis Sweeney & Walter Hutchinson.

Here is a video of Johnny Murphy playing two Jigs he learned from his teacher Sean McGuire
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If you can add any interesting information to my limited knowledge of those listed above, Danny & myself would be delighted to recieve it.

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