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Keegan, Josephine

  • IE ITMA P00126
  • Person
  • 1935-

Josephine Keegan was born of Irish parents in Dundee, Scotland in 1935 and at the age of four came to live with her family in South Armagh. She began to play piano and fiddle when she was about six, being taught by both parents at home and later took formal lessons. Josephine studied classical music on both instruments as well as playing traditional music and won many prizes at competitions throughout Ireland. She won a gold medal at the Feis Ceoil in Dublin and later won the gold medal at the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship at the Oireachtas in 1955.

After that fiddle playing took a back seat and she concentrated on being a piano accompanist to other musicians, including Joe Burke and Seán Magure. She recorded her first of five solo albums in 1976 and in 2006, after a gap of twenty five years she recorded a new solo album. Josephine is known as a great musician, a collector and a composer of tunes.

In 2003 Josephine received a special award at Boston College in appreciation of her life-long dedication to our music and her invaluable contribution to Irish Cultural preservation.

In 2005 she won the TG4 composer of the year award.

Kelly, Tom

  • IE ITMA P00086
  • Person

Keville, Claire

  • IE ITMA P00132
  • Person

Claire Keville. Musician, music teacher and broadcaster originally from Claran, near Headford in Co. Galway. She taught herself The Boys of Bluehill on the tin whistle at the age of six and from there enhanced her repertoire by picking up the odd tune from her maternal Grandfather who played both tin whistle and melodeon. Formal lessons ensued and Claire began learning classical piano at seven and later at the age of nine, she started on the concertina.

She has always been drawn to the music of East Galway and regards the music of Paddy Fahey as inspirational. She won the Oireachtas as a teenager and later studied music at U.C.C where she obtained a distinction in performance playing both classical and traditional music. In 1999, she read for a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at University of Limerick and graduated with a first class honours degree.
She works part time as a traditional music broadcaster on Clare fm. Claire has performed on TV many times, most notably in Dec 2007 where she presented and played concertina on Geantraí. She has also appeared on Geantraí in 1998 and 2004 and has performed on Sé mo Laoch and The Miltown Sessions.

In addition, she has worked as a researcher for TG4 and has presented awards at the annual Gradam Ceoil concert where she was a member of the jury from 2006
She teaches each year at the Willie Clancy Summer School and frequently gives workshops /concerts at home and abroad .

In 2009 she released her début solo recording entitled The Daisy Field playing both concertina and harpsichord with guest musicians comprising of Liam Lewis and her
sister Breda Keville on fiddles, Geraldine Cotter on piano and Terence O guitar. This CD was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and features a no. of Paddy Fahey compositions and also tunes by other Galway composers such as Tommy Coen and Paddy Kelly.

Lee, Emer

  • IE ITMA P00153
  • Person

Levey, Richard Michael, 1811-1899

  • IE ITMA P00001
  • Person
  • 1811-1899
Levey, R.M. (1811–99). Violin, collector. Born R.M. O’Shaughnessy, he changed to his mother’s name for stage reasons. He studied music with James Barton prior to entering the Theatre Royal Orchestra at age fifteen, and later became its director. He toured Ireland with Balfe’s opera company in 1839, and was professor of violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, of which he was one of the founders. Two of his sons went on to be noted violinists, one of them becoming conductor at Drury Lane and Covent Garden theaters in London. Levey composed fifty overtures and arranged music for 44 pantomimes in his time, but in traditional music is remembered for his collection of Irish dance music noted in Dublin and London from Irish players and published in London in 1858 and 1873 as volumes 1 and 2 of The Dance Music of Ireland. Regarded by O’Neill as the first printing of Irish dance music as such, the material was republished in 2003 as The Levey Collection. [CITM]
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