It’s Séamus Begley’s Turn on TG4’s Sé Mo Laoch on Sunday Night

Séamus Begley providing backing vocals to Mary Black who was a guest on the recording and at the launch of the CD ‘Ragairne’ he launched with Jim Murray at An Droichead Beag in Dingle in July 2001. ©Photograph: John Reidy 19-7-2001

Sé mo Laoch is TG4’s flagship traditional music series which ably tells the stories of some of Ireland’s greatest musicians and singers.

“Each of the five one-hour documentaries celebrates the musicianship and creativity of some of our most well-known and respected performers,” according to the station’s related output.

Diversity of Music and Musicians

The series, produced for TG4, showcases the huge diversity of Irish traditional music and musicians, from ‘the Jimmy Hendrix of the pipes’ Paddy Keenan to Cork sisters Nollaig Casey and Máire Ní Chathasaigh; Fermanagh singer Gabriel McArdle and Clare siblings Geraldine and Éamonn Cotter, not to mention the king of ‘Kerryoke’ himself Séamus Begley.

Unique and Intimate in Detail

Each programme is as unique as it is intimate and tells the story of these seminal musicians in their own words.

This Sunday night it’s the turn of West Kerry box player and singer Séamus Begley.

His singing and iconic match-up with Australian guitarist Steve Cooney has left an indelible mark on traditional music in Ireland.

He has sung with Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, The Waterboys and Téada and still does a bit of farming at his home on the western edge of the Dingle Peninsula.

Begley and Cooney / Meitheal

“The seminal ‘Meitheal’ with the aforementioned Cooney was one of the most regaled traditional music CDs of the 1990s and his energetic accordion playing has raised the roof off many a concert hall from An Droichead Beag to Tokyo.

“Joining him in this episode are his family, Steve Cooney, Muireann Nic Amhlaíobh, Donagh Hennessy & Óisín Mac Diarmada,” – TG4

Séamus Begley, Sé Mo Laoch, TG4 on Sunday, November 22nd. at 9.30pm

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