About

Liam O’Connor, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin. His father Mick O’Connor is a flute player and researcher of music who was a founder member of the Castle Céilí Band. During his youth, Liam was taught by Séamus Glackin and won several All-Ireland and Oireachtas fiddle titles. He was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2002. He has performed as a soloist and in duets with Liam O’Flynn, Noel Hill and Harry Bradley among others. In 2009, he released a critically acclaimed CD entitled “Dublin Made Me” with uilleann piper Seán McKeon and in March 2017 he will release his long awaited solo cd “The Loom”.

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The Loom

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Media Reviews

  • Toner Quinn, Journal of Music in Ireland
    Breathtaking... a young musician who is essentially standing on the shoulders of giants, but who has worked his way through these influences and created something of his own.
  • Siobhán Long, Irish Times
    If fiddle players had their own royalty, then Liam O’Connor would in the vanguard. This young Dublin fiddler has one ear cocked to the past and the other trained firmly on the present. His disciplined yet sinuous style has reacquainted many listeners to the delights of Dublin’s traditional music heritage.
  • Geoff Wallis, fRoots Magazine
    ``It’s not just the superb unison playing that’s paramount here (listen to the reels Mrs. Galvin’s/Billy Connor’s as an example) or the fact that oft-times (as on the jig The Drunken Gauger) that the duo’s instruments seem to blend into one, but the absolute joy that inhabits their music which makes this such a splendid album. Add to that some sparkling solo tracks, such as Liam’s The Duke of Leinster or Seán’s The Lady’s Bonnet/The Pinch of Snuff (a tour de force in terms of drones and regulators), and this has to be one of the most successful and utterly memorable Irish recordings of the last thirty years.``
  • Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo Newspaper
    O'Connor's bowing climbed to a vertigo-inducing, high, ethereal pitch at one point… The fiddle solo by O'Connor on ``The Duke of Leinster`` reel is no less compelling. Dexterity and detail match drive as he inserts embellishing nips and brief flourishes to keep us thoroughly engrossed. But above all, genuine emotion radiates from his bowing, something he also achieves in his heartbreaking rendition of ``Taimse i m'Chodladh is na Duistear me,`` a slow air he previously played at the gravesite of Inagh fiddler Joe Ryan last year.