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Séamus Egan

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Séamus Egan was born in Hatboro, Philadelphia in 1969. His parents returned to Foxford, Co. Mayo five years later and it was here that Séamus - on hearing Matt Molloy - became interested in traditional music. Martin Donoghue from Ballindine was his teacher during those formative years. On returning to America he was fortunate to meet Mick Moloney, the folklorist and banjo player. Mick acted as a mentor, guiding Séamus in both style and repertoire.

Séamus won four All Ireland titles at 16 years of age in flute, whistle, banjo and mandolin. He recorded his first solo album ‘Traditional Music of Ireland’ the same year, (further demonstrating his multi-instrumentalist abilities) with uilleann pipes and tres being added to the already stunning array of instruments.

Séamus’ early professional experience in The Green Fields of America was invaluable to his music and career. Besides Mick Moloney the band also included Jimmy Keane, Robbie O’Connell and Eileen Ivers. Séamus and Eileen began to gig together after leaving the group and soon formed Chanting House with John Doyle and Susan McKeown.

His second solo CD was released in 1990 and his third, ‘When Juniper Sleeps’, in 1996. Tracks from ‘A Week in January’ formed the nucleus of the soundtrack to the award-winning film ‘The Brothers McMullen’. Séamus also plays on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning movie ‘Dead Man Walking’ which features the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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  • BrorT

    Not a shout in sight!? Well, good man, Séamus :-)

    21 Sep 2010 Reply

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