Kelly and Colm Gannon have been playing and teaching music for most of their lives. Colm hails from Boston while Kelly is from Ballindine, Co. Mayo, and the music in both of their families stretches back generations. Kelly learnt the Concertina from her mother Bernie Geraghty and Colm learnt the button accordion from his father John and his brother, Sean Gannon. They have played, toured and taught extensively all over Ireland and the US as well as various other countries and cities around the world. Between them, they have taught and performed at nearly every festival and summer/winter school in Ireland. Kelly and Colm continue to perform around the country at various festivals and venues and have featured on numerous recordings.
In October 2013, Colm and Kelly’s passion drove them to open “Gannon’s Traditional Irish Music Shop” in Spiddal village, Co. Galway. It is a friendly place where people can come in for a chat, find out where to hear good music, get their instruments as well as their accessories, buy CDs and DVDs, sign up for lessons and more!
Gannon’s Traditional Irish Music School was launched in October 2013 in conjunction with the shop. Because of the passion Kelly and Colm have for the tradition and passing it on, they thought that it was vital to the community that they set up the school, and offer a high quality service to all. The tutors include some of Ireland’s premier artists and lessons are offered on a wide range of instruments. Gannon’s intend to continue to serve the traditional music community and offer top quality instruments and services. They are constantly adding new classes and inventory as well as new events such as their annual summer school “Seachtain Ceoil Chois Fharraige” - A Week of Music by the Sea, which takes place annually every August.
We hope to see you in the shop soon, feel free to pop in for a visit!
- Colm & Kelly Gannon
If you feel like donating to our project and put some money towards the shop, the music school, and our festival, you can donate via PayPal. All donations are greatly appreciated!