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Christmas Recital 2015

On the 11th of December 2015, we will be hosting the amazing Dermot Byrne and Floriane Blancke at our Annual Christmas Recital. For more information on Dermot and Flo check out their website (http://www.dermotandflo.com/).

Tickets: €10, Concessions:€5

For more information on tickets contact 083-1569814 or email us on info@cceleixlip.com

Dermot Byrne

Dermot is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. He guested on two Altan recordings “The Red Crow” and “Island Angel” and was a member of the band from 1994 until 2013. Dermot has guested on collaborations with many great musicians including Seamus and Manus McGuire, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin, Pierre Schryer, Tim O\’Brien , The Stunning, Salsa Celtica and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. His eponymous solo recording, which he has reissued recently, received great critical acclaim.

Floriane Blanke

Born in Paris, France, Floriane Blancke is a talented harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist who has been embraced into Irish Traditional music circles over the past numbers of years. Having moved to Ireland from France to pursue a full-time career in Traditional Music in 2006. Foriane is now recognised as a skilled harpist and has performed with luminaries such as Sharon Shannon, Brid Harper, Steve Cooney, Paddy Keenan, Pierre Schryer, Seamus Begley and Tim Edey. While for the most part, Floriane collaborations are traditional, she has shown her versatility in sharing the stage with contemporary artists such as Shane McGowan of the Pogues and the world renowned vocalist Patti Smith.


The Branch hosts recitals twice a year, in early summer and at Christmas.  These events are highlights of our calendar and we have had many memorable evenings in the company of the finest traditional musicians in Ireland. These include:

  • Edel Fox & Neill Byrne
  • Seán McKeon & Liam O’Connor
  • Paul O’Shaughnessy & Paul McGrattan
  • Ferdia, Fiachna & Seamus  Ó Mongáin
  • Tommy Fitzharris, Phil Clarke & Caoimhín Ó Fearghaill
  • Ciarán Ó Maonaigh & Caitlín Nic Gabhann
  • Louise & Michelle Mulcahy
  • Afric Boylan & Ciarán O’Grady
  • Micheal & MacDara Ó Raghallaigh
  • Paudie O’Connor & John O’Brien
  • June McCormack & Michael Rooney
  • Catherine & John McEvoy
  • Edel Fox & Ronan O’Flaherty
  • Breton Group

We strive to promote our music within the wider community and our recitals are an important aspect of this work. It also a wonderful opportunity for our young musicians to witness the greatest exponents of our traditional music in a small and intimate setting here in Leixlip.

We hope these opportunities will inspire and encourage our young members to develop as musicians and foster their interest in the tradition and culture which surrounds the music.

Ferdia, Fiachna & Seamus  Ó Mongáin

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