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The Full Set
The Full SetStarts, Friday 14 August, RTÉ One, Friday, 7.30pm

Programme Six

Web exclusive performance by Seamus and Eoin Begley

Seamus and Eoin Begley

The man they used to call the Dingle Aborigine, If it's a shot in the arm you're after, Seamus Begley's the man to call on. A native of Cuas, at the foot of Mount Brandon, Begley seems to have successfully married all the wildness of West Kerry with a sublime talent for the featherlite touch, when required. Usually seen with guitar maestro, Jim Murray, from nearby Macroom in West Cork, in The Full Set Seamus is joined by his son Eoin on Concertina, an acclaimed musician in his own right, Eoin is carrying on the family tradition.

The fastest-shooting box player on the Dingle peninsula has been high rolling since the release of Ragairne, his magnificent album with Cork guitarist Jim Murray. Many would swear that his voice would put the hair standing on the back of the neck of a corpse, and his box playing would put tempo in the hips of the congenitally disrhythmic.

Rakish may well describe Seamus Begley, but his music is anything but. Freewheeling, free spirited, and powered by an appetite for traditional music's outer reaches.