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Celtic Passion Comes a'Tapping

Celtic Passion Comes a'Tapping

Who: Seamus Begley and Jim Murray
Where: Belmont Sportsmans Club
When: Friday January 28, 2000

TOURING Irish musicians SEAMUS BEGLEY and JIM MURRAY will perform at the Belmont Sportsmans Club on Friday night as part of their SOUTH WEST WIND TOUR. The pair performed last month at the Woodford Folk Festival, north of Brisbane, which featured the cream of folk and roots performers from around Australia.

As guests of Newcastle's CENTRE FOR CELTIC STUDIES, the duo's 'music of passion and reckless dance rhythm' will raise funds for the Newcastle-based centre which teaches Celtic music, dance, history and language courses.

The duo's CD South West Wind includes duets with renowned Irish singer MARY BLACK, as well as performances by members of THE BOTHY BAND and SCULLION. Begley performed on the main stage at the GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL before a crowd of 80,000 in 1997, and 1999.

He also performed with Australian group GOANNA during the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL in 1998, as part of a tour which took in Ireland, the United States, Japan and Scotland.

He learned the 'squeeze box' in community halls as a youth: 'I used to sit halfway down the hall, tearing the arse out of a tiny little button accordion to have any hope of being heard with all the laughing and singing.'

Murray, 21, accompanies Begley on an acoustic stringed guitar, which allows him to created a more mellow sound on the slower, lyrical tunes. TE

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