Fiddle : Denise GLASS
Concertina : Francis CUNNINGHAM
This year we decided to change the way we dance and will have a sean nos dance instead of a set dancing workshop!
Sean nos : Stephanie KEANE
Denise Glass, formerly Larkin, comes from the musically renowned Larkins Pub in Garrykennedy, Tipperary now lives in Mountshannon, Co Clare. She learned fiddle from her Father and she and her family played constantly to entertain visitors to their family Pub. Her Father spent some time in the USA and brought home bluegrass and Canadian tunes which Denise learned with fervour She went on to get her degree in music and teaches music to her students in the Secondary School in Scariff.Denise performs regularly with a variety of groups ranging instyles from traditional/folk to country/rock music. Her style has a wonderful eclectic mix of traditional/ bluegrass with shades of Jazz.
Francis Cunningham hails from Crusheen, Co. Clare. Described by Kevin Crawford as one of the finest young exponents of the concertina with a strong emphasis on the Clare tradition, he has just released an album with Carl Hession and Eimear Coughlan featuring 40 original compositions by Carl entitled ‘Úrnua’. Having won All Ireland concertina titles, he has taught and performed at various festivals such Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy, Consairtín, The Feakle Festival, Scoil Éigse, The O Carolan Harp Festival and Concertina Cruinniú.
Stephanie Keane is a Sean Nos Dancer living in Co. Clare. She hails from Limerick where she began her dancing journey, as a competitive Irish Step Dancer. After relocating to East Clare, she fell in love with the Sean Nos style of Dancing. Over the years Stephanie has performed at various festivals at home and abroad both as a performer and teacher, sharing the stage with many of Ireland’s most influential musicians. Stephanie’s performance style has been described as “combining the best elements of Sean Nos Dancing with her spark of fiery individuality built on a keen sense of tradition”.