Cormac Begley


Cormac Begley

Best Folk Instrumentalist 2022, RTÉ Folk Awards
Irish Times Album of the Year 2022
“Album of the decade”, (Donal Dineen)
“The musical gift that keeps on giving” (The Irish Times)
“Groundbreaking” (RTÉ Arena)

Cormac’s Begley's career has gone from strength to strength over the past year with his second solo album ‘B’. The album ‘B’ celebrates the bass concertina, a very rare instrument & on this album Cormac uses two Dipper-made Bass concertinas to record all 12 tracks. His bold choice to concentrate solely on the bass & baritone register, the first album of it’s kind in any musical genre, has not gone unnoticed for all the right reasons. Cormac Begley hails from West Kerry, where his families’ roots are firmly cemented in traditional music. He plays 13 concertinas that range from bass to piccolo register.

Cormac’s daring & soul stirring approach to the playing of the concertina has opened up the instrument to a broader audience; garnering attention from renowned choreographer and director Michael Keegan-Dolan. Dolan’s award winning, sell out show Mám heavily features Cormac’s playing and music and led to a documentary film based on the show, ‘The Dance’ (IFTA nominated 2022) directed by Pat Collins.

Cormac, his father Breanndán and his 40 year old camper van Beauty returned to TG4’s screens in the second series of ‘Slí na mBeaglaoich’ giving us a musical insight to Ireland’s southern coastline.

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