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Stars Align in Wexford: Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre joined by accordion ace Máirtín O'Connor

Zoe John Mairtin

Described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet”, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre, with special guest Máirtín O’Connor, will undoubtedly prove to be one of the highlights of the Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend. They play the National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre) on Saturday, March 2 (8pm). Tickets €18 (€16 conc). Tel 053 9122144. Book online:

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë and John possess a rare facility to draw pieces into their primarily traditional music repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music. For their 5-star debut duo album, Go Mairir I Bhfad (Long Life To You), they commissioned twelve leading Irish composers to each compose a piece specifically for fiddle and guitar.

Zoë has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella as well as playing a starring role with Riverdance. In contrast to this, she has been an important figure within classical music circles, appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German WDR Symphony Orchestra.

Classically trained guitarist and pianist John Mc Intyre grew up in the Cooley Mountains of north County Louth. He began his career as electric guitarist with the successful indie band, The Revs, with whom he toured the World. He has worked alongside many world renowned producers, and is now also producing and recording in many  genres.

Button box player Máirtín O’Connor is one of the most outstanding and creative forces in Irish traditional music. Over a remarkable career he has performed with top trad groups Midnight Well, De Dannan, The Boys of the Lough and Skylark. He has also played with Christy Moore. His acclaimed first solo album ‘A Connachtman’s Rambles’ was followed, in 1990, by ‘Perpetual Motion’, one of the best accordion albums ever produced by an Irish artist, and ‘Chatterbox’ in 1993. Like Zoë, he is great demand as a session musician to the stars. His playing graces the recordings of Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, Mark Knofler, Tanita Tikaram, Townes Van Zandt, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Davy Spillane, the Waterboys and many others. As a soloist he has performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra on Bill Whelan’s Seville Suite. In 1995 he played a major role in Bill’s world renowned ‘Riverdance’ . Máirtín’s playing features on the soundtrack of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, featuring Ben Kingsley and written by Shaun Davey.


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