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Cormac Begley

Cormac Begley is concertina player from west Kerry and he plays 13 concertinas that range from bass to piccolo register. His debut solo album and his new bass concertina album has received critical acclaim accumulating twelve combined 5-star reviews. These albums are a central feature of the award winning show Mám (directed by Micheal Keegan Dolan) and to Pat Collin's film, 'The Dance'. Cormac was nominated for four awards at the RTE Folk Awards including 'Best Folk Album', 'Best Folk Track' and 'Best Original Folk Track' and he was awarded 'Folk Instrumentalist of the Year 2022.' He plays in a number with musicians including Liam O Connor, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes and Liam Ó Maonlaí, Rushad Eggleston (cello), Lisa O Neill and Ye Vagabonds. He is the founder of Airt, a residential school in  West-Kerry, and the award winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway, and more recently, a new outdoor concert series from his campervan, the ‘Beauty.

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