25 February 2020

Aran Sheehan and Aline Hervey

With very great regret the BIB learns of the deaths of Aran Sheehan and his partner Aline Hervey on 19 February in the course of a visit to the USA.

Aran's spirit, his energy, his dedication to the music, and his fiery, inspired mandolin playing have been essential features of the bluegrass scene in Dublin for many years. Thanks to Tony O'Brien for the very evocative picture above, giving a strong hint of Aran's vitality and humour. Photos of Aran and Aline have been posted on Facebook by Aran's daughter Lily, and the number of messages of sympathy sent in response to her post show the strength of the regard in which they were held.

Lily's own stature as a musician is part of Aran's achievement. Our deepest condolences go to her and those close to her.

Note: We understand that Aran's achievements will be further preserved by the continuation of the weekly Dublin bluegrass jam session every Tuesday including tonight (25 February) into the future.



At 3:26 pm, Blogger William D said...

Well put, Richard. A fitting tribute to a guy once met, not to be forgotten. The Dublin Bluegrass Collective is a close "family", always making visitors welcome to the Dublin Sin-é sessions, none more so than Aran and daughter Lily. Thinking of Lily and Aline's family at this sad time - also, Patrick, Luke, TJ, Simon, Niall and all the other good folks who will particularly feel Aran's loss. Looking forward to meeting up in Sin-é again before too long.

At 7:30 pm, Blogger Joyce Merne said...

I think Aran was one of the first people I became friends with through Bluegrass music. I'm proud to have known him and will miss his cheeriness and music along the trail. I didn't know Aline that well but when I met her from time to time she was always very plesant and had a beautiful smile.
My heart goes out to Lily at this very sad time...Aran wasn't only her Dad but also her close friend...he was sooo proud of you Lily.
He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Aran and Aline

At 11:25 am, Blogger CARLMARK said...

I'm going to miss you my friend
Thank you for introducing me to a wonderful world of Bluegrass

At 2:53 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

I first met Aran at the bluegrass jams around Athy. A lovely man.He was a great man for a jam session.
Denis Hayes


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