Connie O’Connell is a fiddle player from Cill na Martra, Co. Cork in the Múscraí Gaeltacht. He has been strongly influenced by the music of Sliabh Luachra, and in particular, by the renowned fiddle players of the region – Julia Clifford, Denis Murphy and Pádraig O’Keeffe. He is regarded as one of the finest present-day exponents of the Sliabh Luachra style today.
Julia Clifford herself was impressed by his playing and commented: “We had great music long ago … anywhere you’d go, you’d have five or six fiddles going together, but do you know, the best of them now is, I heard of no one only Connie O’Connell.”
As well as being saturated in the traditional repertoire, Connie is also a prolific composer of tunes in the Sliabh Luachra style, many of which have now been absorbed into the regional repertoire and recorded by musicians far and wide. He was one of the first musicians to be invited by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin to teach on his ground-breaking traditional music degree course at University College Cork in the 1970s, and his compositions, which were the subject of a special project in 2014, are now published on the UCC website.
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