Dan MacDonald, Brian Taheny and Ross Griffiths are bringing their trio, North Atlantic Drift
over to Ireland for a short tour. Beginning in Donegal, they will be performing at the Cup of
Tae Festival from May 3rd to 6th.
The North Atlantic Drift is a water current that runs between the east coast of Canada and the
west coast of Europe and Ireland. The music of North Atlantic Drift reflects this, following a
centuries-long tradition of trading music and musical styles between Ireland, Scotland and
Canada’s east coast.
Brian Taheny from Sligo, Dan MacDonald from Cap Breton Island and Ross Griffiths from the
Ontario piping tradition form this particular trading triangle and the product is a multi-
instrumental, multi-styled celtic sound that is truly Canadian in its diversity.
“Their music is outstanding… reels and jigs exceptionally well played… ringing fiddle
harmonies and crisp ornamentation. They cover all the bases from Edinburgh to Ennis, Cape
Breton to Cumberland Gap.”
The committee are delighted to announce that Bríd Harper will be honoured at the 2019 Festival.
Bríd Harper is the niece of that wonderful Castlefinn fiddle player Frank Kelly and Brid was encouraged by her parents and uncle to play the fiddle as a young girl.
Her family home was a mecca for Irish music and Bríd today is hailed as one of the finest exponents of traditional fiddle playing in the world. A regular player with Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney on the traditional music circuit, Brid is renowned for her encouragement of up and coming musicians.
The good news is that Bríd will lead the Master Class at the 2019 Cup of Tae Festival School of Music. This is a wonderful opportunity for musicians of the fiddle to be in the company of a world class performer. It is also appropriate that Bríd follows in the footsteps and joins her uncle Frank as a recipient of the Guest of Honour at the Cup of Tae Festival.
Again, another super festival is promised.
This festival, often called “The Biggest Wee Festival in Ireland”, is famous for its spontaneous music sessions. The huge influx of Irish and International musicians who just arrive for the Festival love the free spirit.
This year the Committee honours one of the best, as they duly honour Brid Harper, one of the most outstanding fiddle players in Ireland.
She will be honoured at a special Concert on Friday 3rd May in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 8.30pm. All friends and people who appreciate this lady and the wonderful talent will be treated to the best of traditional music from Brid and company.
Saturday and Sunday see the ever popular Schools of Music take place, lead on the Master Class will be Brid Harper with Theresa Kavanagh.
Join the many Musical Recitals, all free for all visitors.
The famous “Cup of Tae” Festival 3rd to 6th May, 2019.
Visit our 2019 Programme for further information
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