New Initiative for Musicians in Kerry


Kingdom Trad Orchestra is a new initiative to get musicians from county Kerry and the surrounding areas to come together and perform as an orchestral ensemble. The orchestra will focus on arrangement within traditional Irish music along with new compositions, with the aim of bringing the orchestra to perform in a state of the art theatre at the end of the term. Each Saturday we will run a 2 hour orchestra class for both Under 12’s (10am -12pm) and a Youth Orchestra (1pm – 3pm). 
Kingdom Trad Orchestra will commence its first term of 15 weeks on September 4th in Siamsa Tíre. If interested, send a 2 minute video or audio application to, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp on (087) 969 8063. 

Kingdom Trad orchestra will be directed by Conor Moriarty and Sean Kelliher.

Seán Kelliher began to learn Irish music at the age of 7. From a very young age, Seán always had a passion for performing traditional Irish music. In 2013, Sean took home gold at the All Ireland Fleadh in Derry. In 2016, Sean was awarded the Micheál Ó hEidhin medallion in Comhaltas headquarters in Dublin for receiving 4 distinctions from his Senior Cycle 8 Comhaltas examination. To date, Seán has performed all over Ireland while also travelling abroad on many occasions to parts of England, Wales, France, Germany Sweden, Denmark, Italy and The Netherlands. Recently, Sean has toured around China, to parts of Beijing and Shanghai, as part of the 2019 St Patrick’s day celebrations while also travelling to the USA to perform at the NAFSA Conference in Washington D.C in May of 2019 also.
Seán is a full time member of both well-known bands The Rising and 3 on the Bund. Seán also performs with renowned Irish dance show Celtic Steps the Show during the summer season.
Seán has just finished his undergraduate in Performing Arts – Irish Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in UL where he will graduate with a 1:1 First Class Honours degree this August.

Conor Moriarty comes from Kilcummin in Co. Kerry. He developed a love for Irish music at a very young age, being surrounded by some of the masters of Sliabh Luachra music at the time. 
After a few years, Conor was crowned the All-Ireland champion at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann on melodeon in 2009. One year on, Conor won the All-Ireland title for button accordion in 2010. On that same year, he also graduated with a masters in traditional Irish music performance from the University of Limerick. 

His solo album in 2012 ‘All in a Days Play’ garnished critical acclaim. The Irish times 4 start review described the album as “a three dimensional glorious debut”. In 2013, Conor worked as musical director  for the renowned Irish dance show ‘Turas’, one of the many shows that takes place in Siamsa Tíre each year.  In 2014, he alongside a few music contemporaries formed the band ‘The Trí Tones’ a band since renamed ‘Rianta’. They toured all over Ireland and Europe and released their debut album which went on to win TradConnects ‘Album of the Year’ award. He has also toured Europe and Canada with the Irish dance show ‘Celtic legends’. 
In recent years, Conor has performed with the Disney cruise line around the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas.

Conor is a much sought-after musician and continues to tour extensively with different bands and shows.