Connolly, Séamus


Traditional Irish musician, performer and teacher. Born in 1944 into a musical family in Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland, Connolly began playing the fiddle at age 12 and went on to win the Irish National Fiddle Championship ten times. As a young musician he traveled throughout Ireland, meeting and playing music with many of the legends of Irish music, and performing regularly on Irish radio and television. In 1976 he immigrated to America and settled in the Boston area. He has given performances and workshops around the world, and created the Gaelic Roots Festival (1993-2003) at Boston College, where he was appointed Sullivan Family Artist-in-Residence in 2004.