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499 O O’Beirne, James ‘Lad’. (1911–80). Fiddle. A musician of genius and modesty, ‘Lad’ O’Beirne was raised on the ‘hilly road’of Bunnanadden, Co. Sligo, the son of fiddle master Phillip O’Beirne, (1871–1929). Lad left Ireland for New York at seventeen where he was friendly with Coleman in the Sligo music circle. They played together often, one non-commercial 1941 duet recording showing much similarity in their styles. O’Beirne never recorded any commercial solo tracks, but a number of private recordings are in circulation.The related qualities of his and Coleman’s music can render the two styles at times indistinguishable to those unfamiliar with their playing. O’Beirne’s playing is indeed brisk and fastidiously precise, like Coleman’s, but his versions, variations and tonal palette are distinctive, and his version of ‘The Flogging Reel’is quite profound. On account of the similarities shared with Coleman’s playing it is often assumed that Coleman’s records were an influence on O’Beirne. But stylistically these traits were gleaned f rom Phillip O’Beirne at Bunnanadden. Two of Lad’s close associates were Vincent Harrison and Paddy Reynolds, and many fiddle players visited regularly with him, including Andy McGann and Kerry fiddlers Denis Murphy and Paddy Cronin.He is also very much associated with fiddlers Martin Wynne,Louis Quinn,and Ed Reavy. [JES] O’Boyle, Seán. (1908–79). Collector, teacher, broadcaster. From Belfast, he spent his working life teaching in St Patrick’s College, Armagh. An Irish-language enthusiast with a particular love for songs, he combined these interests in his 1944 collection Cnuasacht de Cheoltaí Uladh. His scholarship led to him being invited to give the keynote address to the CCÉ convention at the first Fleadh Cheoil in Monaghan, 1952, and he was the prime Ulster advisor and colleague to Peter Kennedy and Séamus Ennis between 1952 and 1954 when material was being recorded for the seminal radio series As I Roved Out. In 1971 he was a founder member of the Folk Music Society of Ireland. His great gift was his ability to pass on enthusiasm for the music, song and language he loved. Unfortunately he is not well served by his later publications, The Irish Song Tradition (1976) and the posthumous (1980) Ogham, the Poet’s Secret. [TOM] O’Breschi, Antonio. See Breschi. Ó Briain,Donncha. (1960–90).Tin whistle.Born in Dublin, he was both a specialist performer and popular teacher of the tin whistle. He compiled a comprehensive collection of tunes – The Golden Eagle – aimed at all learning levels. Reissued by CCÉ (Cluain Tarbh, 1993), it includes a piece written in his memory by Charlie Lennon, ‘The Flying Wheelchair’, this a tribute to his singlemindedness .Working by day in the Department of Labour until his untimely death, he was an important and proactive member of Clontarf CCÉ where he taught whistle. He recorded Donncha Ó Briain in 1979. Ó Briain, Garry. (1949– ). Guitar, mandocello, keyboards,oud.From Dublin city,he learned piano from the age of nine and became familiar with dance music through his grandfather’s O’Neill and Bunting collections. Playing guitar by fifteen, he was impressed by Ó Riada’s Fleadh Cheoil an Radio. He played rock and classical while in UCD, then, introduced to mandocello in his early twenties, he began playing tunes, working also with blues and country music. He experienced French Canadian music while in Canada during the 1970s, and with Jackie and Tony Small he recorded Aengus in 1976, studied fiddle-making with Arthur Grayson at Limerick College of Music, ultimately setting up a workshop in north Clare and making his own instruments. He formed Buttons and Bows with Séamus and Manus Maguire and Jackie Daly in 1984, this covering Irish, Shetland, Quebecois and Scandinavian material. Since 1989 he has partnered Máirtín O’Connor in Chatterbox, has played with Gerry O’Connor and Len Graham O O’Brien, Eileen 500 in Skylark, with Boys of the Lough and with John Carty’s At the Racket. A skilled strings arranger, he has worked with the singing of Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, Len Graham and Tim Dennehy, and has accompanied many of the major professional players. O’Brien, Eileen. Fiddler, composer. Born in New York, the daughter of Tipperary accordionist Paddy,she began playing fiddle at the age of twelve and studied at the School of Music in Limerick. She won the All-Ireland fiddle slow airs in 1979, and...


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