The Arts Council and the National Concert Hall are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Liam O’Flynn Award for 2021 is musician and producer Jack Talty.
Jack is the third recipient of the award, following on from celebrated artists Barry Kerr and Úna Monaghan.
Jack is an internationally renowned traditional concertina and piano player from Lissycasey, in west county Clare. Jack is a BA and BMus graduate of University College Cork, where he was awarded the Seán Ó Riada Memorial Prize, the Mary V. Hart Memorial Award and a UCC Societies Guild Bene Merente Award. An experienced performer, Jack has toured extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, the USA, Australia, and Asia, and he has contributed to over 70 commercially-released albums as a performer, producer, composer, arranger, and audio engineer.
Jack is the artistic director of the Irish traditional music label, Raelach Records, which he founded in 2011. He also co-founded and is co-director of the award-winning Ensemble Ériu. Jack performs regularly as a soloist, as a duet with fellow concertina player, Cormac Begley, and since 2013, he has performed as the principal concertina player and section leader with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra.
Jack recently completed his PhD at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, and his research, supported by the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award, explored the institutionalisation of Irish traditional music pedagogy in Irish higher education. Jack is currently Lecturer in Irish Traditional Music at the School of Film, Music and Theatre, University College Cork.
In memory of Liam O’Flynn, the Liam O’Flynn Award celebrates the role of the individual creative traditional artist in the creation of new works, the inception of unique artistic collaborations and innovations, and in the transmission of traditional arts for future generations to enjoy and practice.
The purpose of the Liam O’Flynn Award is to provide a traditional artist with a period of artistic reflection, inspiration and creation in residence at the National Concert Hall and to enhance appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the traditional arts.
For the Liam O’Flynn Award recipients, it will provide career-changing artistic opportunities, including the chance to work with a wide range of artistic collaborators in a supportive and professional environment where they will be positioned alongside high-performing artists from other genres and where there is high expectation of creative outputs.
For more information on how to apply to the Liam O’Flynn Award please visit the Arts Council website.
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