"WHAT is it about the Irish that lets them wander the world, charming the socks off everyone (other than the English)? The rest of us sip their stout, enjoy their music and are enchanted by their accent, stories and humour.
Take Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Best known as a member of The Frames, the fiddler/composer could saunter on to the stage at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre - apparently designed to alienate audience from performer – and make it seem like a Dublin pub.
Softly spoken and almost retiring, Mac Con Iomaire gently drew us into a world where Ireland's language is being restored to its rightful place, and where its musical tradition is not a museum piece but survives and thrives through growth and renewal. Performing solo (with loops) or with one or more members of a septet, Mac Con Iomaire mainly performed original works from his splendid album The Hare's Corner."