Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly
For many years, Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch have been among the foremost interpreters of the rich Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music and together, have introduced many people across the globe to this music. In 2011, they featured on two tours in the US as part of Imagine Ireland, the year-long celebration of Irish arts in the US.
Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle-player, teacher and lecturer, both at home in Ireland and abroad. He has performed extensively at concerts and festivals, on radio and television, and has presented lectures, master-classes and workshops on various aspects of Irish music. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. Author of The Irish Fiddle Book, first published in 1988 and now in its fourth edition, he has also contributed to other books on Irish traditional music. He is an authority on the music of Sliabh Luachra, and received a PhD from the University of Limerick for his study on the fiddle-playing tradition of the region. A long-time consultant for the Geantraí series on TG4, he is a former advisor to the Irish Arts Council scheme for the traditional arts, and has served on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. In 2003, he received the Hall of Fame Award from University College Cork where he has taught courses in Irish traditional music.
Jackie Daly: the words ‘button accordion’ and ‘Jackie Daly’ are synonymous in the world of Irish traditional music. Described in the New York Times as “probably the best accordionist in Ireland”, Jackie was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork, where he grew up surrounded by the rich music tradition of Sliabh Luachra. Jackie was a central figure in some of the most dominant groups playing Irish music in recent times, including De Danann, Patrick Street and Buttons and Bows. He has toured extensively throughout the world, and has also presented workshops and classes. In 2005, he received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (National Music Award), and, in 2009, the Kanturk Arts Festival Award.
It would be unthinkable to have an event celebrating Sliabh Luachra music without these two masters of the music, who carry their heavy burden of knowledge lightly and love to share it with new audiences.