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John Carty announced as Sligo’s Trad Artist in Residence

John Carty announced as Sligo’s Trad Artist in Residence
21 June, 2019

Trad Ireland/ Traid Éireann is delighted to announce that award-winning fiddle and banjo player John Carty has been selected as Trad Artist in Residence for County Sligo. The year-long residency begins in July and focuses on creative development, while also including a strong community-engagement strand.

A working space will be provided in Hawk’s Well Theatre throughout the residency, and a number of outreach components will see John share his wealth of knowledge with a variety of groups.

Trad Ireland was established by Oisín Mac Diarmada and Tristan Rosenstock in 2018 to promote the traditional arts throughout the island of Ireland and support professional development opportunities. Announcing the residency Oisín Mac Diarmada noted: “In John Carty we have a master musician, a leading exponent of the North Connacht style, and his participation in this residency will be a huge addition to musical life here in Sligo”.

Tristan Rosenstock adds: “John has devoted his musical life to the music of Sligo and his particular knowledge of the music of Sligo emigrant musicians who recorded in 1920s America makes him a wonderful fit for this role”.

Fiddle and banjo player John Carty has been playing, recording, and teaching traditional music  professionally for thirty years. Originally from London, he is a long-time resident of Co. Roscommon. In 2003 he was awarded the Gradam Ceoil Traditional Musician of the Year award by TG4. He has appeared on over 16 recordings to date encompassing solo, duet and group settings, performing alongside Matt Molloy (The Chieftains), Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band), Andy Irvine (Planxty), Brian Rooney and others. A founding member of At the Racket, he also performs with Patrick Street. Recently, he performed and arranged the traditional music for the film Brooklyn, and also featured in the Ken Loach film Jimmy’s Hall. For the last fifteen years he has enjoyed  the role of tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick. He regularly performs with his son James and daughter Maggie.

The residency is made possible by funding from the Arts Council’s Special Projects Award and support from Hawk’s Well Theatre.

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