Bodhrán thrills and spills in Portlaoise

Kavanagh’s Lounge, a noted trad venue in Portlaoise, will resound to the beat of the bodhrán and the melody of all classes of trad instruments on Friday, April 27 when Colm Phelan launches his new CD ‘Full Circle’.

Kavanagh’s Lounge, a noted trad venue in Portlaoise, will resound to the beat of the bodhrán and the melody of all classes of trad instruments on Friday, April 27 when Colm Phelan launches his new CD ‘Full Circle’.

Better known as bodhrán beater with Goitse and an accomplished exponent of top end bodhrán playing, Colm was the first ever solo bodhrán player to be included on a Comhaltas Tour of Ireland in 2011,

Colm Phelan’s ability to enhance traditional tunes without overwhelming the melody instruments has earned him considerable success.

His proudest achievements being the first ever World Bodhrán Champion, in Miltown, Co Kerry in 2006, and in the same year winning the All Ireland in Letterkenny for the second year in succession before graduating from the World Academy of Music & Dance at University of Limerick in 2011.Those who have heard him play will require no further evidence of Colm’s credentials.

Thanks to the support of Laois Partnership Ltd., ’Full Circle’ adds to the list of Bodhrán CDs, a relatively rare commodity as they provide a major challenge to percussionists; what can you do with a single headed drum that adds to the music? Well known artists who have been acclaimed as meeting the challenge include Kevin Cunniffe of Chieftains fame, Tommy Hayes who included other percussion instruments and Robbie Harris who took a more experimental approach. One of the most acclaimed Bodhrán CDs is Junior Davy’s collaboration with fiddler Declan Folan in ‘Skin and Bow’.

John O’Regan of Irish Music Magazine has praised the new cd.

“The Full Circle, has thrills and spills by the dozen and is a roller coaster ride of jaw dropping and breath taking proportions, clearly going where no bodhrán player has gone before,” he said.

All the featured musicians will be along on the night and Colm is inviting all lovers of trad to join him at 8pm in PJ Kavanagh’s. Admission free.