Uber-piper Paddy Keenan played in de Barra’s in Clonakilty Thursday week ago accompanied on stage by guitarist Tommy O’Sullivan. The pair have an album, The Long Grazing Acre, from which they took quite of a bit of material for the live show. I had seen the two of them play in de Barra’s a few years ago so the drive down from Cork was always going to be well worth it. The effortless multiple triplets which Paddy Keenan achieves and his fantastic tight fingering wows any crowd and this night was no different. He is regarded as one of the better pipers in the world which is very evident on all his many albums. If you don’t know much about the uilleann pipes, his albums would be a very good place to start.
As you may have noticed, the lighting was very difficult as usual down ther with a massive red lamp shining straight into Paddy’s face so that made things a bit tougher.