Dónal Lunny & Paddy Glackin

Dónal Lunny & Paddy Glackin

26/4/2019

An Droichead

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Beirt Cheoltóirí atá aitheanta ar fud an domhain mar cheannródaithe athbheochan cheol traidisiúnta na hÉireann. Tá lúcháir orainn na laochra seo a bheith linn don ghig speisialta seo in An Droichead.

Dónal Lunny is popularly regarded as having been central to the renaissance of Irish Music over the last three decades. Since the seventies Dónal has had involvement with some of the most innovative bands to emerge from Ireland including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and more recently Mozaik. He has toured across the world, collaborating with musicians of many different cultures.

Dónal co-founded Mulligan Records and produced 17 albums for the label. Since then he has produced tracks for, and collaborated on albums with Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, Indigo Girls, Clannad, and Baaba Maal among others. He produced the internationally acclaimed album for EMI, ‘Common Ground’, featuring such artists as Bono, Neil and Tim Finn, and Elvis Costello.

Paddy Glackin, also a founding member of Bothy Band, is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading traditional fiddle players. A Dublin man proud of his strong links to County Donegal. His father, Tom Glackin was a notable fiddle player and instilled in Paddy a deep interest and love of the music of his native county-Donegal.

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Cormac Begley & Liam O’ Connor

Cormac Begley & Liam O’ Connor

24/5/2019

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Thanks Liam O Connor and Cormac Begley have forged an exciting fiddle and concertina duet. Liam, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin and his solo album “The Loom” has received 5 star reviews and was voted Traditional Album of the Year by the Irish Times in 2017. Cormac is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. His debut solo album has received critical acclaim amassing nine 5-star reviews to date. They played their first concert together at the National Concert Hall in late 2017 and were both nominated for instrumental musician of the year at the inaugural RTE1 Folk Music Awards in 2018.

More info about Liam here: www.liamoconnor.ie

More info about Cormac here: www.cormacbegley.com 

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Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre

Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre

14/06/2019

Fisrt Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street.

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Ceol atá nuachumtha ag an cheathrar iontach seo agus curtha acu le dánta arsa na nGael

Four influential traditional musicians from Ireland and Scotland have collaborated to create new music and songs inspired by modern and ancient Irish and Scottish Gaelic poems. 

Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley, Zoe Conway and John Mc Intyre have been working together over the past 18 months setting music to a diverse collection of poetry, which culminated in special performances of the new works at Scotland’s Gaelic College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in September and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in October 2017.

Whilst modern Gaelic poetry has remained strong in Ireland and Scotland, the composition of the traditional 'big' songs has declined significantly within the sphere of traditional arts in both countries and this project is a personal and collaborative response to that.

This project has been inspired by the work of Seán Ó Riada, Peadar Ó Dubhda, Padraigín Ní Uallacháin and others who breathed new life to Gaelic poetry whilst also renewing and rejuvenating traditional music by adding to its corpus new and fitting 'traditional' airs.