Kevin Conneff

Born 8 January 1945
Kevin Conneff
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1945-01-08
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Kevin Conneff

Kevin Conneff Biography (Wikipedia)

Kevin Conneff (born 8 January 1945 in Donore, Ireland) is more familiarly known as the voice and rhythmic heartbeat of the legendary Irish folk group, The Chieftains, through his talents as vocalist and bodhrán player. He joined the group in 1976, replacing Peadar Mercier who had been the second bodhrán player for the group. The move was unexpected — he'd been asked to contribute to "Bonaparte's Retreat" (Chieftains VI) and didn't know that Peadar Mercier was retiring until Paddy Moloney, over a pint or two of Guinness, asked Kevin to consider making the contribution permanent. Since then, Kevin has become an integral part of the sound of the Chieftains.

Kevin Conneff was born in Donore, a village near Drogheda, in County Louth, Ireland and raised in the Liberties, in the heart of Dublin. Music was an important part of his home life but, as he later related, "I didn't hear traditional music from the womb," as did other members of the Chieftains. It wasn't until he began work as a photographic assistant for a printing machine company, at age 18, that he was introduced to Irish traditional music. A group of his work mates would hire a car every week to drive to one of the many fleadhs (traditional Irish music festivals) within reasonable driving distance. Kevin was drawn in and hooked by what he saw, musicians poorly dressed, having incredible talent but only playing the music for leisure, a music with a long long tradition. That image has remained with Kevin ever since. Kevin began going to a session every weekend, picking up the odd song here and there and joining the musicians. He was heavily influenced by the traditional style of singing from the Donegal/Fermanagh region in Ireland, particularly the singing of Paddy Tunney. At just about that time he picked up his first bodhrán for three pounds in Newcastle West, County Limerick. He'd heard the bodhrán on the radio, including the playing of Sean O Riada with Ceoltóirí Chualann, and was amazed at the power...

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Medley: "The Wren! The Wren!" (The Arrival Of The Wren Boys, The Dingle Set, The Wren In The Furze)
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Medley: "The Wren! The Wren!" (The Arrival Of The Wren Boys, The Dingle Set, The Wren In The Furze)
The Chieftains
Give the Fiddler a Dram
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Give the Fiddler a Dram
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The Sands of Mexico
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The Sands of Mexico
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The Salt
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The Salt
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Jordon, I'm a Hard Road to Trave
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Jordon, I'm a Hard Road to Trave
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A Change in Your Demeanor
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A Change in Your Demeanor
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The Rich Girl
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The Rich Girl
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The Flower of Magherally-0
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The Flower of Magherally-0
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My Darling Cora is Gone
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My Darling Cora is Gone
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Mind Your Own Business
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Mind Your Own Business
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John Barber
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John Barber
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The Beaumont Rag
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The Beaumont Rag
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The Cabin Among The Trees
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The Cabin Among The Trees
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Cindy
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Cindy
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The May Morning Dew
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The May Morning Dew
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Shady Grove
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Shady Grove
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