Kieran Munnelly: flute, bodhrán
David Munnelly: diatonic accordion
Kieran Fahy: violin
Philip Masure: guitar
Nathan Pilatzke: tap dance
Hot Spoons is a group which offers us a combination of Irish ballads and tap dance and whose performances are full of festive spirit, authenticity and enthusiasm.
The group consists of three Irish musicians and one Belgian musician who take a fresh look at the traditional repertoire which they harmonise and arrange with both passion and talent. Although it is subject to continuous evolution, Irish dance music always retains its dynamism. This music came into being in the seventeenth century and has been passed down through the oral tradition. It has an enormous repertoire, consisting of over 6000 melodies and tunes.
Kieran Munnelly graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick in 2007 where he received a B.A. In Irish Music and Dance. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick under the leadership of Niall Keegan.
With their unique West Mayo style of playing - a style as wild, free and awe inspiring as the rugged West Coast of Ireland -David Munnelly & his band are making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. David has toured & performed with The Chieftains, DeDanaan, The Samurai, DMB, and other legendary Irish artists.
Kieran Fahy is a highly regarded fiddler from Tuam, County Galway who has lived in Belgium since the early ‘80’S. He has played with many noted Irish musicians but is probably best known for his work with other Belgium-based players, like Pat Kilbride, with whom he was closely associated through the 80’s, and high-profile group Shantalla, of which he was a founding member. He can play the dance music with great pace but is particularly noted for his soulful interpretations of slow airs. Kieran is in great demand as a teacher giving workshops in Virton and Neufchateau and also teaches privately.
Kieran presently perfoms with Trip to Ireland , Valerio, Jacques Pirotton…
Philip Masure is currently a member of Urban Trad (who came 2nd in the Eurovision in 2003) and performs with his own bands Comas (Irish traditional music) and Floes (Flemish folk).?He also has a trio with David Munnelly (ex De Dannan) and Helen Flaherty (ex Shantalla). Philip is also in great demand as a guitar teacher, and has been giving workshops all over Europe (Ireland, Brittany, Belgium, Holland, France, Denmark,...).?He also does a lot of studio work and is often asked as a producer.
Nathan Pilatzke, the tap-dancer who performs with Hot Spoons hails from the CAN. He blends the traditions of Irish dances and American tap dance and demonstrates a large number of different rhythmic styles which accompany the music of Hot Spoons. He fully recognises the scope for a genuine dialogue between the musicians and his form of percussive dance.