Music with John Sheahan and Michael Howard
John Sheahan is one of Ireland’s best known musicians. Born in Dublin in 1939, he was a member of the Dubliners from 1964 to 2012. He has played with musicians the world over and has guested on numerous folk, traditional and rock recordings. His own compositions, among them, The Marino Waltz and Autumn in Paris, have become essential elements of the Irish musical repertoire. Over the years, he has been in demand as a studio musician; and has contributed to the recordings of such artists as Kate Bush, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Terence Trent D’Arby, and the André Rieu Orchestra.
In 2013, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in music from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2014, the television documentary John Sheahan – A Dubliner received two IFTA awards. In 2015, his debut collection of poems and lyrics Fiddle Dreams was published by Dedalus Press.
Michael Howard is a guitarist, composer and songwriter equally at home in musical genres as diverse as classical, traditional, folk and blues. While studying classical guitar in London, he met the record producer Tony Visconti who encouraged him to write music for theatre, film and documentary productions. His credits include music for a six part RTÉ series on the history of the railways in Ireland: Ironing The Land, The Inner Human Reality; a biographical documentary on the life of the artist Louis Le Brocquy and Dear Boy; a film on the life of Micheál Mac Liammóir. He has toured Europe both as a soloist and as a special guest of the Dubliners. His collaboration with John Sheahan goes back many years, and has resulted in the recording of their critically acclaimed album In Our Own Time. His suite for guitar and String Orchestra Three Scenes From an Irish Landscape was performed in St Patricks’ Cathedral with members of
the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra. He recently completed the score for the soon to be released feature film Twice upon a Time.
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