Seamie O'Dowd Guitar Master Class
Venue: Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Seamie O'Dowd from Co. Sligo began playing fiddle at about eight years of age. As a teenager he was regarded as one of the finest fiddlers of his age in the west of Ireland. At the local session scene alongside his parents he played guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, bodhran and fiddle, and gained a growing reputation as a singer. In the 1980s he ventured into rock and the alternative music scene as an electric guitarist and played with musical neighbour Gerry Grennan in a few acoustic and electric folk/blues outfits around Ireland .
After that he joined the band Dervish which became one of Ireland's major musical exports. 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.
Seamie is held in high regard amongst musicians across many genres and has toured, recorded and collaborated with some of Ireland's and the World's finest performers including accordionist Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Liam Og O'Flynn and the legendary Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.