It is with a heavy heart and huge sense of loss that I type these words.  Ireland has lost one of its most prodigious talents today, with the sudden passing of pianist and composer, Conor Walsh.  Hailing from Swinford, he had only recently posted his delight at having provided the music for the Feargal Ward, short film, ‘Bungalow Bliss’.

Having started composing as a teenager, Walsh, who was influenced by Chopin amongst others, went on to become an highly respected professional musician, appearing at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, and Other Voices (Dingle).  His music also featured on several Irish television programmes.

Composing pieces in the mould of Olafur Arnalds and Arni Gretar, his style was minimalist, neo-classical. Sadly, this gifted electro-acoustic pianist had only just released his debut EP, ‘Front’, via Ensemble Records last December.  Critically acclaimed by the likes of Jim Carroll, ‘Front’ was as destined for success as was Walsh.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends tonight!

Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no
one can steal”


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