Promoting the East Galway Irish Music Tradition

Éilís Crean 


John Mock

Traditional Irish music contains within it the DNA of a culture, especially the older Irish music styles like the East Galway Irish Music Tradition. The notes that we use and the way we use those are more than mere transmitters of sound. They speak of traditions, ways of thinking, approaches to the world and an understanding of our place in it. And they give voice to the inchoate memories of those who came before us but have been rendered silent by time.

Eddie Kelly
Searbh Siúcra


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Éilís Crean & John Mock

Crean’s unprecedented new album Searbh Siúcra (Bitter-Sweet) will showcase for the first time, twenty-one music compositions by an iconic Irish fiddle-player and composer who was her teacher. Eddie Kelly was born in 1933 near Eyrecourt, Co. Galway and is a preeminent composer, fiddle-player and button accordionist of the East Galway Irish Music Tradition (EGIMT) style. He is also a gifted composer.


John Mock is no stranger to Irish music, being the resident guitar-player for  Maura O'Connell for over twenty years. Widely sought after as a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, John has worked with such notable artists as the Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Nanci Griffith,  Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Mark O’Connor.  John features on the Searbh Siúcra album playing an array of instruments such as guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonium and a variety of percussive instruments.