Jack Talty is a traditional musician, composer, producer, and educator from Lissycasey in County Clare. As a performer Jack has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and Asia, and has contributed to over 50 albums to date as a musician, producer, composer, arranger, and engineer. A regular contributor to traditional music programmes on television and radio, Jack has worked with many legendary Irish musicians.
In 2011 Jack released the critically acclaimed Na Fir Bolg with fellow concertina player Cormac Begley on his own Raelach Records label, and also formed Ensemble Ériu with double bass and flute player Neil O’ Loghlen. The band’s eponymous debut album, released by Raelach Records in October 2013 was described by Jim Carroll of the Irish Times as “one of the best Irish albums of 2013”. In January 2015, Ensemble Ériu were announced as winners of the prestigious Gradam Comharcheol TG4 (musical collaboration award presented by Ireland’s national Irish language broadcaster). Since 2013 Jack has also performed as a section leader with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra.
A Licentiate of the London College of Music, and a BA and BMus graduate of University College Cork, Jack has been awarded the Mary V. Hart Memorial Award, The Seán Ó Riada Memorial Award, a University College Cork Societies Guild Bene Merenti award, and a University College Cork Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann award. In 2009 Jack completed an MA in Music Technology at the University of Limerick.
In 2013 Jack was awarded the prestigious Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award by the Irish Research Council for ongoing PhD research at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Jack’s most recent publication is a chapter contribution to College Music Curricula for a New Century. An experienced educator, Jack has taught at numerous festivals and also teaches regularly at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Jack is currently the Education Officer with ICTM Ireland and is editor of Spéis, ICTM Ireland’s newsletter.
In November 2016, Jack released his debut solo concertina album, In Flow on Raelach Records.
Instructor – Anglo Concertina