The sounds of Ireland blow through Prescott
"As fresh a breath that's blown through traditional and roots circles in a long, long time" is how The Irish Times describes Buille, a unique trio from Ireland that will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott.
Concertina virtuoso Niall Vallely, Caoimhin Vallely on piano and guitar powerhouse Paul Meehan "forge a new sound and take Irish music to new frontiers," say reviewers. "They have come together to create one of the most potent new sounds to emerge from Ireland in many years."
Niall Vallely has won acclaim from around the world as one of his country's greatest concertina players. A child prodigy, he learned his art from his parents, Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Pipers' Club, and now he takes his own approach to playing his instrument. He has toured extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, Australia and North America, in addition to appearing regularly on television in both Ireland and abroad.
Meehan began learning Irish music, also at an early age, and by the time he was a teenager, he was a rising star on the banjo. He, too, has toured extensively and recorded albums with such notables as North Cregg, Dorsa, the Karan Casey Band and Lunasa.
Caoimhin Vallely, just as his older brother Niall, grew up in Manchester, County Armagh and Cork, and made a name for himself by the time he was 17. He began tin whistle lessons at his parents' pipers' club before he moved to the fiddle. He also has theater credits, including a stint as musical director with the Belfast-based Dubblejoint and playing with Alan Kelly's dance show, the Celtic Legends. He has also produced a solo piano album, "Strayaway."
Buille is an Irish word for "beat," and Wednesday's audience will have the opportunity to hear how this ensemble steps to the beat of a different drummer, as online IrishEcho has said about this group.
Sponsor of the performance is the Celtic Concert Series. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available in advance at the Celtic Crossings Pub at Prescott Gateway Mall or at the door. For more information, call David McNabb at 771-1218.