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Cuxhavener Nachrichten.

Virtuoso Whistle playing. Geraldine MacGowan and Friends at the JFC. She came with great laurel, in the past several years she has played many concerts in Cuxhaven and had her fans in fits of rapture, at this concert however it was her partner Brian O'Connor (Flutes, Whistle and Bodhrán) who managed this. They have had a long musical career together, playing in the legendary group Oisín. Now with guitarist Donogh Hennessy they have formed a trio by the name of "MacGowan and Friends".

But the real star of the evening, who repeatedly brought the public to storms of enthusiasm, was Brian O'Connor. He did his reputation as a " magician on flutes and Whistles", all honor, without showing off he conjured breathtaking Jigs and Reels with surprising variations from his instrument and whoever concentrated on his quick fingers, became dizzy just from watching.




Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

28th Irish Folk Festival.

Geraldine MacGowan is a well known entity to the Irish Folk Festival, however, this time with new moves. She is more relaxed and extrovert in her behavior as well as in her voice. She was accompanied by the very accomplished guitarist Shane McGowan and, above all, by Brian O'Connor, the big surprise the festival.

From the atmospheric sounds of his keyboard playing he jumped to the tin Whistle like it's never been played before, on the traditional "Penny Whistle" he produced hard double tongued staccato, hardly possible, and partly by chance concessive jumps in octave to practically unattainable overblowing as if he had listened to the jazz saxophonists Bennie Wallace.



Hildesheimer Allgemeinen Zeitung.

Irish high voltage, The Geraldine MacGowan Band were guests in Vier Linden.

The public already applaud frantically after the first piece. MacGowan thanked them, took the Bodhrán and melted into the background. The next piece was played by the musicians. An instrumental piece in which O'Connor played clear intonated lines on flute , accompanied by atmospheric piano chords and skilled Guitar picking. "Oh, beautiful!", sighed the audience afterwards.

It's also commendable when the star of the evening takes a back seat and leaves the band enough room to unfold their musical abilities. And they exist in abundance, when Brian O'Connor plays an extremely fast improvisation on the Tin Whistle, no leg on the stage remains still. The band jumps and dances, grin wildly, the public clap, meanwhile O'Connor up's the tempo with apparent ease. "When does the man actually breathe? ", asked a marveled listener who had long given up the attempt to count the number of the notes per second.

The musical creativity and technical versatility on the stage is overwhelming. Behind the professionalism is a large portion of humor and the sheer joy of playing, which spreads out in enormous energy for two hours and brings the audience to boiling point. And if it were possible to capture this energy and bottle it, Hildesheim would have had one days worth of electricity, free of charge.



Achimer Kreisblatt.

Finest Irish Folk in Culture Hall. 200 listeners on a building site "inspired".

Not least by the overwhelming flute playing of Brian O'Connor, whose fingers glide so quickly and skillfully above the small instrument that the whole hall begins to applaud frantically. Even the highest, almost squeaking tones, are so skillfully played, they are not disturbing, but set as stylistic ornamentations.
The Irishman spoke almost perfect German, but the public rejected, with thanks, his offer to moderate in German and opted for moderation in English.

Rheinischer Post.
Geraldine MacGowans Timeless tour played to a completely sold out club station. The Irish folk legend is alive and kicking.

Outstanding!, Brian O'Connor, who has accompanied the singer for over 20 years, is also the composer of the "Instrumentals" which were played with their zippy rhythms, rapid speeds and creative repetitions. This created the atmosphere of an original of Irish pub in the "club".




Bremervörder Zeitung.

Irish folk concert of the superlative. All Bands inspired the 1.000 and more listeners in the Vörder lake in Bremervörde.

Lively and fervently, a true firework of virtuoso and vocal interpretation of Irish folk music, the listeners reacted with storms of enthusiasm. Above all, the Geraldine MacGowan Band, who have an exceptional instrumentalist in their line up with Brian O'Connor.

He belongs to the most creative artists of the Irish music scene, measureless admiration from the public charged with cheering ovations when O'Connor played his flutes with contortions of the tongue and polished breathing technique, true Staccato and an almost inexhaustible repertoire of ornamentation. No doubt !, the Geraldine MacGowan Band set the climax in the Bremervörder lake.



Achimer Kurier.

Soft ballads and fiery flute music. New hall in the Schützenhof inaugurated with the very best of Irish Folk.

With the meagre charm of a factory building the "semifinished" hall offered a cool contrast to the mainly soft ballads and the virtuoso instrumental pieces from the Band.

Geraldine MacGowan is touring at present with three musicians. She has worked together with Brian O'Connor for many years. A true virtuoso on flutes of every type, from the soft sound of the concert flute to the hard sound of the whistle, he pulls the public with him, puts them under his spell.