2018 Events

Blas is proud to present the following performances as part of our public concert series in Theatre 1 of the Irish World Academy. Tickets will be available for purchase soon, keep an eye here for details!

(Note: Admission is free admission to all registered Blas students.)


Bríd Harper & Tony O’Connell

Thursday June 28, 2018, 8pm

Tickets €12 / conc. €10

Brid TonyDonegal native, Bríd Harper, is hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time. Encouraged by her parents, she grew up learning and playing Irish traditional music, going on to win numerous under-age All Ireland titles and other prestigious fiddle awards including the Senior All Ireland, Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Fiddler of Dooney. An MA graduate of the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Bríd has toured extensively and performed with many great musicians including Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney, Donogh Hennessy, Arty McGlynn and, her partner in this performance, Tony O’Connell. Bríd is a highly respected teacher and has tutored at many summer schools and workshops throughout Ireland and in France, Holland and the USA. Her first solo CD was released in 2015 and has enjoyed much success to date.

Originally from Glin in West Limerick, Tony O’Connell has been a professional musician for over 20 years. He began playing music at the age of ten and won the All-Ireland concertina under-18 titles for three consecutive years and then went on to win the prestigious senior all-Ireland titles aged 18. His distinctive yet traditional style can be described as a steady pulsating rhythm – characteristic for the west of Ireland – while he sets himself apart from other players due to his melodic and harmonic variations, polyphonic playing and his strong dynamic expression. Winner of best traditional album 2015 (Trad Connect), Tony has recorded and collaborated with some of the most acknowledged players from within the Irish music tradition. In Sept 2017, Tony released his first solo album: “Tony O’Connell – ‘live and well”, which features Bríd Harper, Arty McGlynn, Cyril O´Donoghue, and Trevor Hutchinson.

Check out Bríd and Tony playing in Ennis in 2016