Bríd Harper is originally from Castlefinn Co Donegal and is now living near Dungannon Co Tyrone. She has been hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time and many of Ireland’s traditional musicians cite her as having been a major influence. In 1988 she won all three major titles-the Senior All Ireland, the Oireachtas and the Fiddler of Dooney. She is highly respected both as a performer and a teacher and has been featured many times on RTE RnaG TG4 and BBC. Bríd has toured extensively and performed with numerous giants of traditional music. Her long awaited debut solo album launched in August 2015 has been well received and has enjoyed much success to date.
Tony O'Connell comes from Glin in West Limerick, an area rich in tradition situated to the north of the renowned Sliabh Luachra region. He began playing music at the age of ten and won the All-Ireland concertina title under 18 for three consecutive years. He went on to win the prestigious senior all-Ireland title at his first attempt. His distinctive yet traditional style can be described as a steady pulsating rhythm, characteristic of the west of Ireland. He sets himself apart from other players due to his melodic and harmonic variations, polyphonic playing and his strong dynamic expression.
Tony has been a professional musician for more than 20 years. He has toured Europe, Asia and America, and has collaborated with many of the leading players within the tradition. He has recorded three duet albums. ‘Live and Well’ is his first solo recording and listeners will realise why Tony is acknowledged as one of today’s finest exponents of traditional concertina playing.