Sunday Concert

June 26, 2016

Sunday 5th August – 8.00pm
Tickets £15 – book on Eventbrite
All under 12s free entry to all concerts over the weekend.

ZODOMO

three of Ireland’s greatest traditional musicians

Zoë Conway – fiddle • Dónal Lunny – bouzouki • Máirtín O’Connor – accordion

Described by critics as a “trad music supergroup”, ZoDoMo is the latest highly acclaimed traditional Irish group to step into the limelight. The trio features three of Ireland’s eminent musicians, Zoë Conway, one of the country’s most gifted virtuoso musicians who is equally at home in both traditional Irish and classical styles. Dónal Lunny, popularly regarded as having been central to the renaissance of Irish music over the last three decades and Máirtín O’Connor, a master musician whose dexterity and innovation has won him worldwide acclaim.

“(ZoDoMo) achieves the near impossible: capturing the energy of a live performance in studio, fuelled by a heady (and deliciously unpredictable) mix of traditional and spikily original tunes, along with a smattering of covers. The title tells it like it is: In Full Sail – Faoi Lán Seol is a magical snapshot of three musicians flying fast and high on the momentum they have conjured with apparent effortless ease.”  – Irish Times

“A masterclass in musicianship” – Irish Music Magazine

ZOË CONWAY

Zoë Conway effortlessly combines a background steeped in Ireland’s rich aural music tradition with a strong founding in classical music. She has toured worldwide and has appeared in many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall and The Kremlin Palace. Her versatility as an instrumentalist has allowed her to perform across a broad range of genres, from guest soloist with world renowned orchestras, to touring with Riverdance and working with mainstream international acts such as Rodrigo y Gabriella, Damien Rice, Nick Cave and Lou Reed among others. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums and a live DVD. Zoë tours regularly with her husband, John Mc Intyre on guitar, described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet”. BBC

DÓNAL LUNNY

A gifted guitar and bouzouki player, composer and producer, Dónal Lunny is a figurehead of Irish traditional music and a household name in the Celtic music scene. He has been at the forefront of the evolution of Irish traditional music for more than 35 years and is popularly regarded as having spearheaded its renaissance over the last three decades. Since the seventies, Dónal has founded legendary seminal Irish bands, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin and more recently Mozaik, Triad, Usher’s Island and Atlantic Arc Orchestra. Much sought-after in studio, he has produced albums for artists such as Kate Bush, Baaba Maal, Paul Brady, Indigo Girls and Clannad.

MÁÍRTÍN O’CONNOR

Regarded in the folk firmament as something of a national treasure, Máirtín O’Connor’s name has been synonymous with the accordion for decades both as a master of the instrument and as a composer/arranger. His skill, dexterity and innovation has won him acclaim around the world both as a driving force behind the Riverdance phenomenon, as a member of De Dannan, and for more than a decade as the Máirtín O’Connor Band with Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd. Máirtín has composed for theatre, television and film and has been a session and guest musician on many recordings by international artists such as Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Mark Knopfler. Máirtín O’Connor Band performed at the Copenhagen Koncerthuset for WOMEX ’11.

LIAM O’CONNOR & SEÁN MCKEON

Dublin natives, Seán McKeon and Liam O’Connor have being performing together from an early age. Both were born into prominent musical families and have been immersed in traditional music all their lives. Seán grew up listening to music at home in Dublin with his parents Gay McKeon (uilleann pipes) and Mary Corcoran (fiddle and piano) being his earliest influences, while Liam cites his father, Mick O’Connor (flute) and fiddler Seámus Glackin as having influenced his musicianship during his formative years. Both performers have received many musical accolades and both were awarded the prestigious TG4 Young Musician of the Year. In 2009, the pair released a duet album entitled “Dublin Made Me”, to widespread critical acclaim, with it being described in The Irish Times as “a vibrant collection that never once loses sight of its birth right yet still manages to herald a new departure in casting a spotlight on two exceptional musicians who marry technical prowess with a marvellous sense of adventure and history”. It was awarded the Irish Times CD of the week across all genres.

Not only in demand as performers, Seán and Liam have conducted tuition workshops at festivals around the world including Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Scoil Acla and Tocane. Both Seán and Liam have a deep interest and respect for their tradition and regualrly perform as guest speakers at festivals and colleges around Ireland. In 2009, Liam secured first-class honours in a graduate diploma in Irish Folklore in the UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and Linguistics and the National Folklore Collection. During the course of his studies, Liam was awarded two prestigious scholarships: Scoláracht Máire MhicNéill and Scoláracht Dhónaill uí Mhoráin. Seán is also a member of the Damien Dempsey band, performing around the world with the Dublin singer/songwriter, a highlight of which was supporting U2 in Croke Park during their 360 tour. Seán appears on Dempsey’s album “Almighty Love”, which was nominated for a Meteor Choice Music Prize. In 2013, Seán released his debut solo CD, “To The City” and in April 2017 Liam released his own solo effort, “The Loom” which received a 5 star review in The Irish Times and was voted Irish Times Trad Album of the Year 2017.