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The Far Side of the Glen CD Launch by Donegal fiddlers Tara Connaghan and Derek McGinley

Tara Connaghan from Glenties and Derek McGinley from Meenacharvey (Glencolmcille) celebrated the first launch of their new CD at the Ennis Trad Festival on November 13th to a large and attentive audience. The CD entitled The Far Side of the Glen, featuring just the two fiddles of Derek and Tara, focuses solely on the musical style and repertoire of south west Donegal with the title referring to them living on either side of the scenic valley of Glengesh.

The CD will shortly be launched on home turf with launches in Carrick on Friday December 9th in The Central Bar and Saturday December 10th in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties. The fiddle pair will also perform as special guests with Altan on New Year’s night in Ionad Cois Locha during the Frankie Kennedy Winter School.

Tara and Derek, having played together for many years in sessions, on stage and in various projects, have developed a repertoire and form that respects both their styles and this can be clearly heard on their CD. The CD also showcases one of many compositions of Derek which haven’t been recorded before.

The Far Side of the Glen CD is available on and will also be available from record stores and for download on iTunes from early December. It will also be available in local shops around Glenties.

Forthcoming Concert Listings

Friday 9th December 2011
Central Bar, Carrick
Start Time: 9:00 PM
Free entrance

Saturday 10th December 2011
Highlands Hotel, Glenties
Start time: 9pm
Free entrance

Sunday 1st January 2012
As special guests of Altan
Ionad Cois Locha, Dun Luiche as part of the Frankie Kennedy Winter School
Start time 8.30pm
Tickets: €22 from 074 953 2949 or


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