RTÉ

'Illuminations', an RTÉ Arts Project

Cormac Begley

Music

"It's been a long time since I've stayed in one place for this amount of time. It's given me time to reflect on my life and parts of myself that in ways I've been running from. The internal space that was consumed by stress, travel and busyness has been replaced with thoughts, memories, reflections on the past and wonderings of the future. New feelings – yet familiar – emerge, resurfacing old tunes that express those feelings so perfectly. It is as though we have been here before. Those who composed and played these tunes – our ancestors – they have felt this too – and they have adapted." - Cormac Begley

Cormac performed on the Shine concert, summer 2020. His new composition for Illuminations will be available here in November.

THE MORNING DEW/BOG BRAON/JOHNNY O'LEARY'S POLKA

Cormac Begley
Shine, August 2020

ROLLING IN THE BARREL/O'NEILL'S MARCH

Cormac Begley
Shine, August 2020

Cormac Begley

Cormac Begley is a solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West Kerry musical family. He also plays in a range of collaborations with Liam O Connor (fiddle), Rushad Eggleston ("cello goblin"), Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer and multi-instrumentalist) and Lisa O’Neil (singer songwriter). He is the founder of the Airt Residential School and the award-winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway and Dublin. He was nominated for the RTÉ Radio 1 ‘Folk Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2018 and 2019 and his debut solo album has received nine 5-star reviews and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Album of the Year 2018.