Clonakilty International Guitar Festival is proud to present a special concert for very young children featuring Fiona Kelleher and Jim Murray. The audience is requested to bring their teddies….
Early Bird Music is a project with a passion for music and creativity, founded by Fiona Kelleher, singer, composer and mother of three . Creating music for little ones and nurturing the creative talent in everyone is our mission. We are delighted to give you a glimpse into the world of I am a little Boat . . This is the album with beautifully illustrated songbook, loved and cherished by children and parents everywhere . It features happily in classrooms and Early Years settings worldwide.
Fiona Kelleher is a singer, composer and performer who works on many collaborative projects with other musicians, theatre artists and visual artists. Her album “My Love Lies” has received much critical acclaim internationally. She continues to write and record and collaborate while also working as an early years artist on many projects.
Jim Murray is an internationally acclaimed Irish musician who has dazzled audiences with his virtuosity and delicate touch for many years. A firm favourite at CIGF, Jim began his professional career being invited to tour Japan and Australia with accordion legend Seamus Begley whilst also in the same year, touring America with piano accordion ace Alan Kelly. In 1999 Jim was invited to become guitarist with world renowned Irish musician Sharon Shannon.
To this day, Jim remains Sharon’s “right hand man” having recorded and toured with her over five continents. He also released two critically acclaimed albums with long term partner Seamus Begley in 2001 and 2008 which collectively scooped many prestigious awards such as The Irish Times and Hotpress Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year. Since Jim’s arrival on the world stage, he has gained the respect of both national and international musicians and has performed and recorded with artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Steve Earl, Shane McGowan, Altan and Mary Black to mention but a few.
Having a wealth of teaching experience and performing master classes around the world, 2011 saw Jim produce his own highly anticipated on-line guitar tutorial focusing on all aspects of accompanying traditional Irish music with a guitar. Jim produced this with the aim of bringing his unique style of accompaniment for Irish guitar to a world wide Internet based student.