About Shane Meehan
Shane Meehan launched his debut abum 'Twill Do’ last year. He is a fiddle player from Carrick-on-Shannon Co. Leitrim. Initially he was taught by his grandfather John Meehan who was a flute and fiddle player. He grew up playing with local musicians Damian O’Brien, Oliver Loughlin and Padraig McGovern to name but a few. In his teens he took an interest in composition and this soon led to his involvement in the first Leitrim Equation project in 2009 alongside Lúnasa. Two reels composed by Shane featured on the subsequent album The Leitrim Equation which was the culmination of the project with Lúnasa and local musicians. Since then Shane has gone on to win an All-Ireland with The Moylurg Céilí Band and their album 'The Rest is History' includes a set of tunes composed by Shane. Shane has also appeared on Geantraí and An Samhradh Linn playing his own compositions alongside Seán Gilrane, Lorraine Sweeney, Daithí Gormley and John McCartin. “Twill Do” premiered 20 original compositions, which he launched at The Dock, and featured two of Ireland’s greatest traditional musicians – Darren Breslin and Bríd Harper on box and fiddle. Macdara Ó’Faoláin, from Ring, Co. Waterford, was backing on bouzouki alongside Kevin Brehony on piano all the way from Sligo.
About Shane's Commission
For this commission Shane will be developing his musical performance and compositional work to date. His influences are firmly rooted in and informed by the Leitrim tradition. Shane intends to explore and research Leitrim's rich musical heritage with a focus on new compositional work. This arrangement will be an acknowledgement of composers and musicians from the county -- past and present – highlighting the importance of their contribution and the importance of sustaining creativity from generation to generation.
"My idea is based around a quote I came across from Ben Lennon from an interview he did where he was talking about the difference years ago between each part of Co. Leitrim:
"You could divide Leitrim into three divisions: the very north of Leitrim where I come from, and then the middle part, and then the south. You had fiddle playing mainly in the north, in the middle you had flute playing, and then you had a mixture of fiddles and flutes in south Leitrim. It's a lifty rhythm - short and snappy."
The concert would be a tribute night to "legends of Leitrim music" with special emphasis on the recent passing of both Ben Lennon and Mary McPartlan. The performance would be in three parts representing North, Mid, and South Leitrim. Musicians from each part of the county can play and the selections I have composed could be performed by each respectively. For instance, the Lennons from north Leitrim could play the selection of barndances and flings on fiddles; flute players Sean Gilrane, Liam Kelly & Mick Mulvey etc could play the Leitrim polkas; the McGovern family/McNamara family could play the single reels selection for a fiddle and flute combination from south Leitrim.
About this commission
The Dock has framed this small music commission to offer young musicians local support and encouragement to keep creating new work and to continue their connection with The Dock and with you the audience as we are closed. We will keep updating this page with images and news and will be posting regularly on our social media channels as Shane's work progresses over the next three months. We look forward to presenting the work as a performance in the future.