Thursday, March 09, 2017

Peter Byrne and Conor Mahony in the BAG

Peter Byrne & Conor Mahony play their debut BAG show, in support of their debut album, 'Land + Sea', on Monday next 13 March, writes Roy Thompson of the Ballymore Acoustic Gigs.

Together for just two years, singer Peter and guitarist Conor have worked steadily to gain their growing recognition on the Irish folk scene.

From Drimnagh in Dublin, Peter Byrne had been floating around the Dublin Folk scene since the early 70s, frequenting various music clubs, such as the Meeting Place, and Mother Redcap's Tavern, where he, along with his wife Eilish Moore, ran a Folk Club every Saturday night for over ten years. Peter’s demeanour is that of a quiet, modest man who just loved listening to music and song, and would sing the odd song, when asked. However, the reaction to his voice and delivery of the song always enthralled the listeners. It was in later years, after his early retirement from CIE (where he worked for over 40 years), that he met acclaimed Newbridge musician Conor Mahony, that something just clicked. Rehearsing every week on a regular basis, both of them realised there was something truly special.

Conor Mahony has been playing classical guitar since childhood but is also equally fond of playing Traditional and Roots music. A singer and songwriter himself, his intricate delicate guitar arrangements are quite impressionistic and are tailored to perfectly enhance each song. Their first album contains mostly traditional songs from Land and Sea. Beautifully produced and engineered by Frankie Lane, the music is a rich blend of tradition and innovation, both delicate and raw.

Doors 8:30pm; Show 9pm; Admission €12.