Seamus Quinn

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Altan, The Best of Altan
Marie Askin piano
Dermot Byrne accordion
Steve Cooney fretless bass
Phil Cunningham keyboards, whistle
Ciaran Curran bouzouki, bouzouki-guitar
Garvan Gallagher double bass
Tommy Hayes bodhrán, bass bodhrán, Jew's harp, percussion, shaker
Mark Kelly guitar, high-strung guitar, backing vocals
Frankie Kennedy flute, backing vocals, whistles
Donal Lunny bodhrán, bass bodhrán, keyboards
Anna Ní Mhaonaigh backing vocals
Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh fiddle, vocals
Colm Murphy bodhrán
Liam O'Maolai didgeridoo
Paul O'Shaughnessy fiddle
Seamus Quinn piano
Daithi Sproule guitar, backing vocals
Ciaran Tourish fiddle, backing vocals, whistle
Steve White percussion

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Seamus Quinn & Gary Hastings: Slan le Loch Eirne - Stories to Tell
The three first met in Coleraine University. Gary is now Church of Ireland rector in Westport, Seamus is a Catholic priest in Monaghan, and Ciaran is from the parish of Altan. Seamus plays fiddle, Gary plays flute and Ciaran plays bouzouki. This is superb music, much of it based on the tradition of County Fermanagh where Seamus grew up. These men had the same mentors as Cathal McConnell, the musicians of South Fermanagh and North Leitrim. Seamus also has a special allegiance to the music of Coleman, and the couple of slow airs included are based on the songs and style of Fermanagh. It’s as good as you are going to hear.

Seamus Quinn & Gary Hastings, Slan le Loch Eirne

Living Tradition CD review of Seamus Quinn & Gary Hastings - Slan Le Loch Eirne

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Traditional Music From East Clare - Mary MacNamara : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic

Mary MacNamara from Tulla in County Clare is one of the great concertina players. Her elegant and subtle playing of the music of her local area is in marked contrast to the rushed playing of many modern musicians. She is joined on some of the tracks by her neighbours PJ and Martin Hayes, fiddlers in the East Clare style, and by Seamus Quinn on piano.

FolkWorld CD Reviews
Éamonn Coyne "Through the Round Window"
Label: Compass; 7 4345 2; 2002; Playing time: 55.01 min
For some reason or another, banjo players are one of the most hated species in traditional music. (Only bodhran and guitar players come first.) Thus, banjo jokes have a wide circulation:
If you drop a banjo from a tall building, what do you hear when it hits the ground? - Applause.
Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka once undertook a jetboat ride on a lake in New Zealand with a rather daredevil driver: 'Who wants to go down in history as the guy that drowned the two best banjo players?' A fellow musician replied `Well, you have to start somewhere.' Banjo player Frank Godbey confesses: Enjoyment? Banjos are cranky, loud, obnoxious, hard to get in tune, impossible to keep in tune, hateful beasts. But it's still something I have to do, must do, am compelled to do, driven by unseen (evil?) spirits. Who says the fiddle is the devils only box? Banjo playing is not for the faint-hearted, nor is banjo listening.
However, if you still believe in this prejudice, you never encountered Dublin-born Éamonn Coyne (-> FW#10, FW#14). He plays the tenor banjo in a very elegant style, at the same time without denying the instrument's inherent wildness. "Through the Round Window" kicks off with a jig written by Seamus Quinn (-> FW#23) and ends with a song from Éamonn's grandmother Ethna. Inbetween we are treated to a creative interplay of traditional Irish tunes and American old-time music. Tunes from different sides of the Atlantic; one played in Ireland that I am told is Scottish, and an American old-timey tune. It's funny to see the tunes go back and forward across the Atlantic.

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