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.
Terrible news about Conor Walsh. Incredible talent, and whenever you talked to him you really felt like he listened to you. Great guy.— Daithi (@daithimusic) March 13, 2016
Shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Conor Walsh. He was far too young and had far too bright a future to go like this. @conorwalshpiano— Hozier (@Hozier) March 12, 2016
Shocked to hear that Conor Walsh has died. Saw him in Cork as part of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. Rising talent pic.twitter.com/T3PtXNm61l— ThePointOfEverything (@TPOEblog) March 13, 2016
So shocked and terribly sad to hear of the death of Conor Walsh. Such a gentle guy and a beautiful musician. Thank you for the music, Conor.— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) March 13, 2016
Thinking of Conor's friends and family today. Remembering his spellbinding artistry. https://t.co/jspUqPBvVi— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) March 13, 2016
Oh my, we were just listening to Conor Walsh's work over dinner. Beautiful pieces. Such a talent— Malcolm Campbell (@MalcCampbe11) March 13, 2016
Such sad news this evening about Mayo musician and composer Conor Walsh! RIP https://t.co/EvO8w9ywI1— Musician.ie (@musician_ie) March 12, 2016
Very sad to hear about Conor Walsh. My thoughts are with his family and friends— Simon (@SimonIre) March 12, 2016
I'm so shocked to hear of the passing of Conor Walsh. He opened for me for my album launch. What a talent, your music lives on my love. RIP— i am niamh (@iamniamhmusic) March 12, 2016
Conor Walsh RIP - a hugely talented musician & a quiet, graceful gentleman - condolences to his family & friends https://t.co/8vnt2eIas2— Jim Carroll (@jimcarrollOTR) March 12, 2016
I remember being transfixed by his set at Castlepalooza 2 years ago. A true talent lost. RIP Conor Walsh.— Bantum (@RuairiLBantum) March 12, 2016