"Irish World Academy of Music and Dance" Featuring Niall Keegan (Flute) Alan Reid (Banjo/ Bouzuki) John Carty (Fiddle), Sandra Joyce (bodhrán/vocal)
The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is the centre of academic and performance excellence housed at the University of Limerick, Ireland. The Academy honours the energies of performance and academic reflection across a wide range of genres and disciplines. Niall Keegan, Sandra Joyce, John Carty and Alan Reid are all part of The Academy and all share a strong connection to this region.
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Dr Niall Keegan was born in the south east of England and began playing Irish traditional flute at an early age amongst the community of first and second generation musicians in and around London. In 1990 Niall began studying under Dr. Mícheál Ó’ Súilleabháin for a Masters degree which he completed in 1992 with the submission of a thesis entitled The Words of Traditional Flute Style. Niall is currently director of the B.A Irish Traditional Music and Dance Studies at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick also teaches on the ethno-musicology program there. Niall has performed extensively throughout the country and abroad in a variety of contexts and venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Project Arts Centre in Dublin, the University of Limerick Concert Hall, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Waterfront Hall in Belfast and the Galway Arts Centre. Niall has performed Mícheál Ó’ Súilleabháin’s concerto for flute and chamber orchestra, Oilean on several occasions in Ireland and Britain and as part of the jazz/trad fusion group Hiberno Jazz. He is featured on both the recording of the 1994 Eigse na Laoi, Across the Water and the television series A River of Sound made by Hummingbird Productions. Niall also features on the Realworld CD The Gathering. Niall’s solo recording, Don’t Touch the Elk, was released in June 1999 on his own independent label.
Dr Sandra Joyce, director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, will lead this master class for singers of all levels. She is also the artistic director of the acapella female vocal ensemble, Hazelwell, which explores repertoire from the Irish and related traditions. Her research interests include the Irish song tradition, the Irish harp tradition, and historical sources of Irish traditional music.
Alan Reid is a banjo player from Drumkeeran, County Leitrim. He is a graduate of the Irish World Academy BA and MA traditional music programmes. He featured on the compilation ‘Leitrim Equation 3’, recording duets with Dónal Lunny and John Carty, and can also be heard with the band Arum whose debut was released in 2016. In 2017, he joined the band Goitse and embarked on tours of the US and Europe. Now settled in the Burren in County Clare, Alan has released an album of traditional tunes with his partner Rachel Conlan entitled 'A Quare Yield', which places an emphasis on rare and unusual tunes collected from the Irish music tradition.
Born in London, fiddle and banjo player John Carty has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and as a staunch supporter of its preservation. Carty developed his love for fiddle, banjo, and flute, all of which he has mastered, through his multi-instrumentalist father who was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the 1960’s.
Since moving to Ireland in 1991 he has recorded extensively and performs worldwide both as a solo player, in duets notably with Matt Molloy and as part of John Carty’s Festival Band, At the Racket and as a member of super group, Patrick Street. John has performed in two feature films Jimmy’s Hall and Brooklyn, for which he also arranged all the traditional music pieces. In addition, John is a tutor on the BA course at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick and with such experience is a highly sought tutor for workshops and summer schools.