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This fresh new trio from the heart of Conamara, Ireland combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences. Featuring an unusual line-up of flute, whistles, harp, bodhrán, guitar and vocals (with some Irish dancing steps thrown in!), HighTime make a youthful and energetic statement.
Equal measures of music and tradition from old Ireland coupled with bold new arrangements make for a tasty platter of story, music, song and dance from these three young men, all hailing from the village of Ardmore on the rugged west coast. All three have toured widely, with one another and with other groups.
An incredible 23 time all Ireland champion on harp, whistle, singing, and dancing, 19-year-old Séamus meets each discipline with a passion and quiet zeal backed up by a love of the traditional Irish music heritage. He is one of the youngest exponents of Sean-Nós or Old Style singing, an ancient form of decorative Irish song, delivering haunting renditions of poignant Irish folklore and mesmeric melodies.
Ciarán Bolger is an entertainer, singer, and guitarist who combines a love and respect for tradition with a variety of contemporary influences. Inspired by folk heroes such as Bob Dylan, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Christy Moore, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen to name but a few, Ciarán has amassed a repertoire of unusual and rare ballads, stories and songs from the folk traditions of Ireland, the U.K, Canada and the U.S.A. He is a natural entertainer and storyteller, always keeping the story and soul of the song as a guiding light.
Conall has won All Ireland titles on both flute and singing, and established himself on the Irish session scene in his early teens. He plays in the old flute style of South Connemara, while drawing from the more modern styles of today, resulting in a powerful and pulsating sound. Conall and brother Séamus have a unique musical bond and rapport that is a driving force at the heart of HighTime.