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Gradam Ceoil TG4

Diarmuid Ó Meachair – Young Musician of the Year

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Diarmuid Ó Meachair is a button accordion player from Cúil Aodha, in the Gaeltacht region of Múscraí, Co. Cork. In addition to playing the BC, C#D, and DC# accordion, he plays the 10-key melodeon player and is a sean-nós singer. His playing is influenced by musicians Finbarr Dwyer, Jackie Daly, Johnny Connolly, and American accordionist John Kimmel, and also takes inspiration from the Quebec folk music tradition. In 2016, he won the Senior All-Ireland melodeon title at the Fleadh in Ennis at age 19. At the All-Ireland Fleadh the following year, he was invited to perform a tribute concert in memory of Finbarr Dwyer. As a singer, he has won several sean nós competitions at the Oireachtas na Samhna.
Ó Meachair is also a primary school teacher, having graduated from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in 2018. He now teaches at Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin in Ballincollig, Co. Cork, where he directed a group of 80 children to perform four sean-nós songs as part of children’s performing arts event, Cór fhéile Chorcaí. In 2018, he performed, and hosted a workshop on the button accordion, at Éigse Dhiarmuidín; in 2020 he performed solo as part of the TG4 series Tradfest; and in 2020 and 2021, he taught at the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.