FINGAL, James Keane - accordion / Daithi Sproule - guitar & vocals / Randal Bays - fiddle
$20 adv, $25 at the door.
James Keane was born to a musical family in Drimnagh, Dublin, and took up the button accordion at age six. He spent his youth surrounded by some of the giants of Irish traditional music; Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, Sonny Brogan and many more. As a teen he co-founded the famous Castle Ceili Band, which won the All-Ireland ceili band competition and played to sold out dance halls all over Ireland. James went on to win four All-Ireland championships on the accordion, and became an important figure in the Dublin folk revival.
Randal Bays is a self-taught American born musician who's been playing Irish fiddle for thirty years, and through his recordings and performances has built up a reputation as a master. He's "among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation", according to Fiddler Magazine. Randal has toured and recorded with many of the great Irish musicians of the day, including James Kelly, Martin Hayes, Micheal O'Domhnaill and many more.
Daithi Sproule is a native of Derry in the North of Ireland, a renowned traditional singer in both Irish and English, and one of the world's premier guitarists in the Irish tradition. He's widely credited with pioneering the use of DADGAD tuning in the accompaniment of Irish music, a style now used around the world. He's worked with many of the greats in Irish music, and has been for some years a member of the famed Donegal group Altan. The Rough Guide to Irish Music called him "a seminal figure in Irish music." Daithi has also taught Old Irish, Celtic mythology and Irish music at the University of Minnesota, the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul and University College Dublin. He published a volume of short stories in Irish and several academic articles on early Irish poetry and legend.
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
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