MusicSeamie O’Dowd was brought up by parents steeped in the musical traditions of South County Sligo, his mother Shiela, a highly respected musician and teacher whose father and brothers all played fiddle, and his father, Joe, who was renowned as a fiddle player among musicians and music lovers worldwide... Seamie himself began playing fiddle at about eight years of age.Making his first radio broadcast when he was ten years old, he established himself in competition and elsewhere as one of the finest fiddlers of his age in the west of Ireland.He began to cut his teeth in the local session scene alongside his parents and by eighteen, he was playing guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, bodhran and fiddle, as well as starting to gain a reputation as a singer... He soon immersed himself in the extremely vibrant local rock and alternative music scene that existed in Sligo in the mid to late 1980s becoming quite a talking point as an electric guitarist.His first rock band, "Peel The Grape" gained national airplay and local notoriety before breaking up in the late ‘80s.He subsequently played with musical neighbour Gerry Grennan in a few acoustic and electric folk/blues outfits around Ireland as well as the theatre/folk pub circuit in Germany until the early nineties... After a spell playing mainly around the north-west of Ireland, he was approached by a few friends who had established a band called "Dervish" and become one of Ireland’s major musical exports.They asked him to join and they toured world-wide playing to some of the biggest audiences that any band of any genre has ever played to.Seamie devised a new tuning for guitar and, along with Brian Mc Donagh and Michael Holmes, created a three-way rhythm section that became a hallmark of the band sound for the next six years.The line-up recorded two award-winning albums "Midsummers Night" and "Spirit".In 2004 they were presented with the Freedom of Sligo Borough at a function held for them by Sligo Corporation... While still with Dervish, Seamie was introduced to Mairtin O'Connor, arguably Ireland's most innovative accordion player to date, for what was initially planned as a one off performance, but out of this grew a working relationship that has lasted for nearly a decade.He was actively involved in the making of two of Mairtin's albums, "The Road West" and "Rain of Light", both of which received critical acclaim. The response to Seamie's playing on these albums (in particular, "The Road West") coupled with numerous performances with various line ups of Mairtin's band (most recently, the pared down, extremely popular line up of Mairtin, Cathal Hayden and Seamie) have served as confirmation that he can musically hold his own with the very best... Seamus was the musical arranger for Mary McPartlan's critically acclaimed "Holland Handkerchief" album, and has also produced a number of well received albums in the folk/traditional field... He recorded his first solo album, "Headful Of Echoes", in 2006. It received critical acclaim from many sources and was playlisted on radio programmes in Ireland, The U.K., mainland Europe and the U.S... He has played regularly with accordionist Mairtin O'Connor and Cathal Hayden, with whom he has toured extensively around Ireland, Great Britain, mainland Europe, and more recently in Australia and New Zealand. Their album "Crossroads" has received widespread acclaim, including being voted one of the top Irish albums by New York's "Irish Voice" publication.The trio have also toured and collaborated with the legendary Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel... As well as playing with uillean piper Liam O'Flynn, and producing a number of critically acclaimed albums, Seamus has involved himself with a number of musicians and projects, including the trio "The Unwanted", which features himself, Dervish singer Cathy Jordan and harmonica player Rick Epping. Their CD "Music Of The Atlantic Fringe" was picked in Irish music publication "Hot Press" as one of their top ten albums of the year... He is also working on a collaboration with Australian singer/songwriter Aminah Hughes, with whom he has performed a number of well-received gigs in Ireland and Australia... In 2010 he was granted a further honour by Sligo Borough Corporation when the town's mayor afforded him a civic reception in acknowledgement of his contribution to the cultural life of Sligo...
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About me:BASED IN SLIGO IN THE WEST OF IRELAND
SEAMIE HAS BUILT A SOLID REPUTATION
AS ONE OF IRELAND'S FINEST MUSICIANS.
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