Laurence Nugent & Fintan McManus at The Steeple Sessions
22 August 2013
Chicago based whistle and flute player Laurence Nugent re-unites with fellow Antrim musician Fintan McManus for a special homecoming concert at The Steeple Sessions. Nugent carries on a great tradition of virtuoso flute and whistle playing that has graced Irish music on both sides of the Atlantic. As an established performer and recording artist on the Celtic music circuit, Laurence has performed with The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, Van Morrison, The Drovers, The Green Fields of America, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Paddy Keenan. His CDs (Laurence Nugent, Two For Two, and The Windy Gap, on Shanachie Records) have met with critical acclaim. Laurence Nugent comes from the little village of Lack in County Fermanagh, an area steeped in the traditional arts of music, singing and storytelling. Also from Co. Fermanagh is Fintan McManus who has played and performed with Laurence and many other well-known artists in Irish traditional music including Altan, Aly Bain, The Boys of the Lough, singer Len Graham with whom he recorded two well received CD's 'Do me Justice' and 'Ye Lovers All'. He has also worked with legendary Donegal fiddle player Tommy Peoples. He is a much sought after composer and his music has been covered on some 150 CD's worldwide. Fintan plays a variety of instruments including bouzouki, guitar and whistle and is much regarded for his sensitive accompaniment to music and songs alike.
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