Warm tributes have been paid to the Irish musician and composer Conor Walsh who passed away suddenly this week.

The Mayo-born minimal pianist and electro composer released his debut EP The Front last year and has performed at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and Other Voices, as well as supporting Hozier on a sold-out Irish tour in 2013.

His experimental music style has been compared to the likes of Philip Glass, Aphex Twin and Nils Frahm.

Walsh's music has been used on the soundtracks to short films, as well as on RTÉ's Prime Time, Radio One, TV3 and RnaG documentaries.

On Sunday Walsh's family released a statement on Facebook, which remembered him as a talented musician and beloved son and brother.

Conor treated each performance the same way he treated each and every individual whom with he shared company. He never failed to conjure the highest emotion from a melody just as he never but drew the brightest light from all who met him. The absolute dedication, insatiable energy and infallible passion he committed to his music was mirrored in the attention and engagement he gifted to the conversations of those he shared memorable times with, whether on stage in Ballinalough, on the streets of Swinford or, at home in Ballinisland.

Conor was a talented musician, a tireless conversationalist with an intelligent and informed mind, a skilled fisherman, an amazingly caring brother, son and friend, and most of all, a gentleman to all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. Conor's imprint on music will continue to flow long past his time, and the impression he left on all who knew him is sure to linger in minds and hearts as distinctly as the echo of the notes he leaves behind him. We will all miss Conor dearly, as we try to come to terms with losing a talented artist and an outstanding friend who still had so much to offer.

The family of Conor would like to sincerely thank everyone who has offered their condolences, your support is appreciated very much, and it is a great help at this difficult time."

Hozier, journalist Una Mullally and many others have voiced their sadness on hearing the news of his death. 

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