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Mayo Musicians and Music : Seán Smyth

Sean Smyth

Sean Smyth was born in Straide near Foxford, birthplace of Michael Davitt. He comes from a very musical family, sisters Cora and Breda being also highly accomplished musicians. He was an All-Ireland champion on both whistle and fiddle. His first solo album, "The Blue Fiddle" was released to critical acclaim in 1993 and was named one of the ten best albums of the year by the Irish Echo. He is a founder member of the group Lunasa which includes Kevin Crawford on flute, Trevor Hutchinson on bass, Donagh Hennessy on guitar and Cillian Vallely on pipes. The group released its first album "Lunasa" in 1997, which was followed by "Otherworld" in 1999 and "The Merry Sisters of Fate" in 2001.

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'Jim McKillop's Reel' is taken from the album "The Blue Fiddle" by Sean Smyth, catalogue number LUNCD060, and appears here courtesy of Mulligan Records.

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