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Niamh Ni Charra has a very interesting project and she is looking for funding to bring it to fruition. She is trying to raise the necessary finance via

Niamh told us “In 1928 Kerry musician and composer Terry “Cuz” Teahan emigrated to Chicago where he lived and continued to play and pass on tunes, until his death in 1989. Prior to leaving Ireland he had been taught music by the Sliabh Luachra legend Padraig O’ Keeffe, and he was responsible for many Irish American musicians learning this style of music, the repertoire of this area, and many of his own compositions. In fact many local tunes would have been lost were it not for Cuz. On his last visit home before he died he saw me play (I was very young!) and on his return to Chicago he made a tape for me of his own tunes as well as some of these old tunes that had been forgotten. That tape is now 25–years–old and a prized possession but I feel it should also be shared. Therefore for my fourth album I’d like to make a tribute to him, playing his compositions that he often never got credit for, along with a sample of the old tunes he helped preserve. This is being carried out with the full backing and delight of his family, and to make the album extra special I have invited many well–known guest musicians from both Kerry and Chicago to join me, all of whom knew and were influenced by Cuz. This is a celebration of the traditional music style of Sliabh Luachra and the wonderful character that was “Cuz” Teahan. Guest musicians include Seamus Begley, Liz Carroll, Jimmy Keane and Donal Murphy.”

Niamh told us “I have put aside a large amount in savings to help with the recording and due to the special nature of the album, am also receiving some funding from the Arts Council. However I will need a further ?4,000 to help finish it off, and get it printed. And that is where you come in! I would be very grateful if you could all help make this wonderful project happen, one which will never see the sales numbers of the likes of Justin Bieber, but one which is very special and dear to me, and a hugely important part of not just the Irish culture, but the Irish – American culture.”

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