Ireland’s leading exponent of Ragtime and Stride Piano, Colm Stride O’Brien presents a piano extravaganza including the works of Scott Joplin, George Gershwin and Fats Waller. Colm is is also a prolific storyteller whose inimitable style includes mixing anecdotes and spectacular playing, taking us on a journey through the great era of Ragtime and Stride Piano in America.
Classically trained and residing in Ireland, since 1990, Colm has played a series of 20 Solo Concerts in the National Concert Hall Dublin. He has played extensively on the Concert stage in Canada and the United States, where he recorded his CD “Scott Joplin, Gershwin, Fats Waller & All That”. He is the only Irishman to be invited to play at the prestigious Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia Missouri, where he has received 3 invitations in 90, 95 & 96. He was invited back again in June 2006.
In Ireland, he has played at many venues including regular appearances at the Cork and Derry Jazz Festivals. In 2002 he received an AIMS award as Best Musical Director for his show “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He has appeared twice on the Late Late Show with the late Professor Peter O’Brien and performed with Paddy Cole and Ronnie Drew in the National Concert Hall Dublin. His 2 Ragtime Compositions have been copyrighted & recorded in USA.
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