Traditional Music and Song

august, 2022

sat06aug8:00 pmColin Nea with Séamus Tierney and LadlaneSt. Paul's Church, Delvin Rd, Bellview, Mullingar8:00 pm Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Event Details

The accordion will take pride of place in this triple-header concert. The instrument will feature in all three acts: two soloists – Colin Nea and Séamus Tiernan, all-Ireland champions from different generations – will afford enthusiasts of the instrument a fascinating contrast in styles while Ray Dempsey’s accordion is an integral part of the sound of the ensemble playing of Ladlane.

Colin Nea (pictured above) from Castletown Geoghegan in Co. Westmeath began playing the accordion at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Ellen Comerford, a member of the famous Bridge Céilí Band which subsequently went on to become All-Ireland Ceili Band champions. He also learned a number of tunes from local musician, John Keenan. He joined the Silver Spear Céilí Band in 1988 – playing throughout Ireland and Britain. He cites the band’s flute player, Joe Finn, as another important influence on his development in traditional music along with Paddy O’Brien. After touring North America with Comhaltas in 1992,  he won the first of two All-Ireland senior button accordion championships in 1993 and retained the title in 1994 before retiring from competition. Colin released a solo album, The Pure Box, in late 1998 – with support from Joe Meehan on guitar, Joe Finn on uilleann pipes and Aidan McMahon on fiddle. Moving from Westmeath to Clare in 1999, Colin came into contact with musicians like Michael Kelleher, Jerry Lynch, Joe Rynne, Christy Barry and others. There he recorded another album, Between the Jigs and the Reels, in 2012 with Jack Talty providing piano accompaniment.

Button accordion player and singer from Achill Island in County Mayo, Séamus Tiernan is the current All-Ireland senior button accordion champion, winning the title at the last full in-person edition of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda in 2019. Séamus also won the senior melodeon title at the 2017 event in Ennis. Séamus has toured and performed internationally through Europe, North America and Asia. For this concert, he will be accompanied on piano by his sister, Kathryn, who is an All-Ireland champion flute player and sean-nós singer.

Ladlane performs regularly as a trio comprising Colm Keane on fiddle and vocals, Eugene Quinn on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Ray Dempsey on accordion and melodeon. The band has three albums under its belt: Traditional Irish Music, Tunes Now Please and Out of Dublin – each offering a menu of instrumentals and songs. For this concert, the usual line-up will be supplemented by Colm Delaney on concertina and Declan Quinn on flute.

Tickets, each costing €30 (plus €2 booking fee) are available from


(Saturday) 8:00 pm


St. Paul's Church

Delvin Rd, Bellview, Mullingar

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