Brendan Begley is bursting with the wild and beautiful music of West Kerry.
As a singer he is a gentle giant. On the accordion, he is a force of nature. His
is music that could not exist were it not for the mountains, seas and storms of his
native "Corca Dhuibhne" more commonly known as the Dingle Peninsula.
Born into a famous musical family, the youngest of nine children, Brendan soaked
up the music and song of West Kerry from an early age. Slides, polkas, songs and
slow airs all run through his veins. He now carries on the tradition of his home
place while playing with the next generation of Begley’s, namely his children
Bréanainn on Guitar, Cormac on concertina, Conchúbhair on accordion and Cliodhna
on fiddle and sean-nós dancing.
He has three acclaimed solo albums to his name, as well as numerous recordings
with the groups Boys of the Lough and Beginish. With the Boys of the Lough, he
has toured extensively throughout the United States, and has been featured
repeatedly on the Garrison Keilor radio program “A Prairie Home Companion”. He also does work with TG4 researching and presenting proggrammes and also is involved in the organising of Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh which is held in west Kerry each February. www.scoilcheoil.com