Andy Irvine Headliner
Andy Irvine has enjoyed a long and successful career as a traditional Irish musician.
Having travelled the world with bands such as Sweeney’s Men, Patrick Street, Planxty, and more recently Mozaik, Andy continues to pursue new combinations and styles of music. He has broadened his musical horizons over the course of his forty-year career to encompass the musical styles of countries he visits, such as the Balkan folk style of playing.
Between the achievements of his solo, group work and collaborations, he is a highly revered troubadour of the Irish music world. Andy Irvine never fails to deliver a pulsating, heartfelt performance.
“Andy is like an old friend. I’ve known his unique voice for so long – from Sweeney’s Men to Planxty, from his duo with Paul Brady to his solo performances. His singing is pure emotion. His playing is both delicate and energetic. Andy invented the interlaces of bouzouki, mandolin and mandola in Irish music. He’s often been mimicked, but never equalled. Andy Irvine is Woody Guthrie’s representative on earth.”
"I love that record. I absolutely love that record. [Andy Irvine/Paul Brady, Mulligan Album, 1976]”
The Bonny Men Headliner
Having just released their third studio album, The Broken Pledge to critical acclaim, The Bonny Men will make their return to Féile Nasc to deliver a pulsating and high-octane gig! Legendary musician Steve Cooney has described The Bonny Men’s new album as “daring and unstoppable” and this will certainly be the case for their live performance on Saturday May 23rd
This seven-piece have musical credentials admired by many, with a long list of awards including young musician of the year for their Uilleann Piper, Maitiú Ó Casaide, and multiple World Bodhrán Champion, Conor Lyons. The distinguished sound of the band brings a contemporary flair to the heart and core of traditional Irish music and has seen their following swell in their nine years playing together.
With newly crafted arrangements, intriguing sounds and a delivery that is never shy of character or personality, this performance will be guaranteed to be a musical experience from start to finish!
Aoife Scott is an award winning folk singer and songwriter based in Dublin, Ireland. Born into the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, and has long enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right.
Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced.
Aoife has a unique sound. Her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Following her highly celebrated debut album, Carry The Day, which was triumphantly launched at Temple Bar Tradfest in 2016 to rapturous acclaim, Aoife Scott is released her much anticipated second album “HomeBird” in January at the Button Factory at Temple Bar Trad Festival 2020. Recent Accolades include being named Best Folk Act at the Irish Post Music Awards (IRE),
in the same category with the legendary Christy Moore, Dublin folk band Lankum and Emma Langford. While in America she received the award of Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live
Ireland Awards (US) in June 2018.
Aoife’s single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” also hit the number 1 slot, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot and was named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017.
& Cormac Begley
Dublin born and bred, Liam O’Connor is one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players. His solo CD “The Loom” received 5 star reviews and was voted Trad Album of the Year 2017 by the Irish Times. In September 2018 he was nominated for the Best Folk Instrumentalist RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.
He has performed with some of the leading traditional musicians of his time including Liam O’Flynn, Noel Hill, Tony MacMahon, Sean McKeon and Cormac Begley. Among many achievements, Liam was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2002.
“Possibly one of the most exciting fiddle players on the music scene since the emergence of Sean Keane and Frankie Gavin more than 30 years ago. He has an exceptional natural ability and the standard of his playing defies logic given his age” The Irish Times
Seán O’Meara is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Limerick, Ireland. Seán has been a multi-genre touring musician and recording artist for the last 7 years.
His background is rooted in rock, pop and traditional Irish music. Since winning the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2012, Seán has toured all over the world playing guitar and singing with various bands and shows including the Damien Mullane band, Project West, Máirtín O’Connor, Martin Hayes as well as having opened for many acts including David Gray, Cory Wong and Hermitage Green. Seán has honed his culmination of musical experience and knowledge into his life-long passion; pop music. Seán currently tours with the olllamand Boxing Banjo while he continues to write and produce his own material. Seán has been writing and producing songs for the last number of years and has released three singles in 2019; Blew My Cover in April, Lostin July and Talkin’ Bout Love Again in September. His sound is an original, quality production with shades of of a Ben Howard, Dermot Kennedy and Mark Knopfler in the mix.
Mixing traditional Irish folk with some contemporary Irish rap, Steo Wall’s music brings the listener on a journey from the badlands of Dublin, working class, housing estates to the beauty of Ireland’s west coast. Listening to Steo’s music paints a picture of rebellious, loved friends and adored, family members, his music being a homage to those gone before him.
Having grown up in Dublin, Steo left Dublin for Co. Clare in 2012, and started working as a fish smoker in Lisdoonvarna. He quickly immersed himself in the vibrant local music scene of North and West Clare, Not everybody can boast such collaborators as Luka Bloom, Damien Dempsey and Davey Spillane on their debut album. But when you meet Steo
Wall for the first time, you quickly understand why such legendary musicians wanted to get involved with Where I’m From – Steo’s debut album.
“Steo Wall is set to join the likes of Damien Dempsey and Shane McGowan as a pioneering voice in Irish folk music”
& Seán O’Meara
Niamh Farrell’s versatile voice and love for music and singing was instilled from a very young age in her native Sligo. Over the last couple of years Niamh has shared the stage and travelled the world with many different bands and artists including Project West, The JPTrio, Kan, Téada, Seamus Begley, Seamie O’Dowd, Cathy Jordan, David Kitt, Lisa O’ Neill and many more. In 2014/2015 she embarked on a world tour with singer-songwriter David Gray as part of his ‘Mutineers’ band and has since recorded and performed as a supporting artist for the singer songwriter. Niamh’s haunting voice is frequently broadcast on a number of radio stations and televised programmes including RTE Radio 1’s ‘South Wind Blows’ with Philip King and more. Her musical influences are vast, allowing her to move effortlessly between Irish traditional, gospel contemporary and folk genres, offering the audience an eclectic mix of material.
Niamh will be joined by Seán O’Meara // @bonomeara who is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Limerick, Ireland. Seán has been a multi-genre touring musician and recording artist for the last 7 years. His background is rooted in rock, pop and traditional Irish music. Since winning the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2012, Seán has toured all over the world playing guitar and singing with various bands and shows including the Damien Mullane band, Project West, Máirtín O’Connor, Martin Hayes as well as having opened for many acts including David Gray, Cory Wong and Hermitage Green.
“Shes one to watch”
Brian Donavan of WGBH (Boston USA)
Grúpa ildánach Déiseach iad Nuadán a sheineann agus a chanann i stíl traidisiúnta as Gaoluinn agus as Béarla. Tá’n traidisiún ina phríoracht don ghrúpa ach cuireann siad a splanc féin lena gcuid ceol chomh maith.
Is iad Cárthach Ó Faoláin (bosca ceoil, mileoidean, guth), Macdara Ó Faoláin (bouzouki, piano, fidil, guth), Pax Ó Faoláin (fidil, bodhrán, guth) ón Rinn agus Iarlaith MacGabhann (fliúit, feadóg) ó Bhaile Átha Cliath baill an ghrúpa seo.
I Mí Eanáir 2016, sheol Nuadán a gcéad ceirnín, Lá Laindí Lugha agus tháinig tóir air go náisiúnta agus go hidirnáisiúnta go tapaidh.
“Nuadán, with their impeccable musicianship, have crafted this collection of tunes and songs with assurance and taste, and it exemplifies the rich musical traditions of their native Déise. Intimate and authentic, compact and diverse, full of grace, goodness and gorgeous melodies: pure music!” Steve Cooney, guitáraí agus léithreoir iomráiteach
Aidan Connolly was born and reared in Rathfarnham in Dublin and has been playing the fiddle since the age of eight. Aidan absorbed much of the music of Sliabh Luachra through his mother Eileen Moynihan, a Co. Kerry native. From taking classes at the Craobh Naithí branch of CCÉ and from playing with his mother and uncle, Con Moynihan, also a fiddle player, Aidan quickly developed into a fine fiddle player and began to be influenced by the recordings of fiddle masters Paddy Cronin, Paddy Canny and many others.
Part of a generation rich in traditional music talent, Aidan encountered several like- minded peers at music festivals throughout Ireland and this had (and continues to have) a big impact on his playing. In 2016 he released his debut album, Be Off, to critical acclaim. He has toured extensively in Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan and is a highly sought after performer and teacher owing to his highly individual style. In the autumn of 2019 Aidan collaborated with fiddle player John Daly on Away On Up the Road, an exciting and dynamic duet fiddle album.
John Daly was born near Mallow, Co. Cork, John started playing fiddle at the age of 12. Through his father Paddy, who came from Gneeveguilla Co. Kerry, it was inevitable that his earliest influences would be the music and musicians of Sliabh Luachra. Living and working in Cavan for eleven years from the mid-1980’s brought John close to the strong but very different musical traditions of Connacht and Ulster. John moved to Chicago in 1997 where he spent twelve years. During his time in America John released a self-titled CD in 2003, produced a solo fiddle album of the the Longford fiddle player Paddy Reynolds (NY) in 2004 and in collaboration
with with Denis Cahill in 2005, produced two Albums of the music of Josephine Keegan – ‘A few Tunes Now and Then” and “The Nightingale”. In 2006 the album ‘A Tribute to Andy McGann’ featuring Joe Burke, Felix Dolan and Brian Conway was
recorded live at the Irish American Heritage Centre.
Since John’s return to Ireland in 2008 he has been involved in teaching fiddle at the annual Joe Mooney School in Leitrim as well as the James Morrison festival at Riverstown Co. Sligo. Currently living in Limerick, it was at a festival in nearby Scartaglen to honor of the past musicians of Sliabh Luachra that John met Aidan Connolly. Shared Gneeveguilla roots and a common interest in many different sources and styles of fiddle playing have been the impetus for ‘Away On up the Road’ February 2020
The Mary Wallopers
The Mary Wallopers are a folk group from Dundalk, breathing new life into both well known & rare ballads. Travelling the length & breadth of the country singing & collecting songs, they exude a raw energy that could be described as the Clancy Brothers meet John Lydon.
The Dublin Lasses
Dublin musicians, Aoife O’Connor, Majella O’Beirne and Mary Corcoran draw their inspiration from the pioneering female musicians who with the exceptional quality of their music paved the way for the present generation of female musicians.
Aoife, Majella and Mary have implacable collective musical backgrounds. Their music is of the highest standard and they have impressive successes at All-Ireland level in solo and group categories. They are playing an important role in the continuity of the tradition by showcasing the abilities of female musicians at the highest level. They have recently recorded a CD which includes some tunes from P.W. Joyce’s collection, which has been recorded commercially for the first time. Overall this CDS represents a proud unbroken and continuous tradition of music in Dublin.
Aoife, Mary and Majella first played together on a tribute concert at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy to honour the wonderful Dublin flute player Mick Hand. Huge interest arose from their vibrant and beautiful playing and subsequently they were asked to perform at many concerts including the Ace and Deuce for the pipers club, Na Píobairí Uilleann. They have recently recorded for TG4.
Na Hot Toddies
“Hot Toddies” are a high energy traditional group from the heart of the Gaeltacht of Ráth Chairn in Co. Meath. Deeply rooted in Gaelic culture, they deliver a powerful performance of the best of Irish traditional music and singing. They have been performing together for many years at various festivals such as Féile na Mí, Féile na Gealaí Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and many more. Éanna Ó Cróinín (pipes), Nigel Davey (accordian), Órla Ní Cheallaigh (flute/whistles/vocals), Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (guitar, vocals)
Come on In!
Date and Time
Sat, 23 May 2020
1 PM – 10 PM
Marlay House, Marlay Park,
Grange Road, Rathfarnham,
Dublin 16, Ireland
€35 +€2.97 FEE & TAX
STUDENTS (ID), Under 18 (ID) and OAP
€30.00 + €2.66 FEE & TAX
From €40.00 + FEE & TAX
See Eventbrite for further details.