Brian Ó hAirt’s style of concertina playing reflects his love of West Galway, where he spent a good deal of his formative years involved with the Irish language and music community of southern Conamara–a district with its fair share of melodeon players, singers, and dancers. Understandably, his style mimics much of the phrasing, lift, and drive of melodeon music while clearly influenced by the concertina playing so prevalent in neighboring Co. Clare. His style can be understated and yet at times ornate–reflective of his experience as a sean-nós dancer and singer. Also a gifted button accordionist and whistle player, Brian creates a unique “blended” style that engages both listens and dancers alike.
Instructor – Anglo Concertina