Traditional Irish Music Concert: Bríd Harper and Dermot Byrne
Corner of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba, NSW, 2780, Australia
16th June 2018
Dermot Byrne was awarded TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013. From Buncrana in Co. Donegal, he is recognised as one of the great accordion players of his generation. Bríd Harper is a senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and is enormously respected both as a teacher and performer. Bríd is hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of this time. This duo will be visiting Australia for the first time. Witches Leap take the dark modal sounds of old Ireland, filter them through the hanging swamps of the Blue Mountains and cut them with original convict-noir folk songs of black bushrangers and errant redcoats. Born out of the kitchen table sessions of the Blue Mountains, this trio features the distinctive earthy tones of the uilleann pipes, wooden Irish flute and bouzouki, along with acclaimed songwriting from Paddy Connor (Lime and Steel). With original tunes springing from the local sandstone and mythology, Witches Leap takes Irish trad on a journey through the grit of early New South Wales. Witches Leap are currently touring the new EP they recorded in Blackheath: “Tunes From the Hanging Swamp”.