Month: March 2014

Fri 28. Mountmellick Folk Concert, Co. Laois

March 28th will see Andy Irvine headline the Mountmellick Folk Concert with support from two fantastic local acts. Opening on the night will be “Elaine Lambe” and Elaine is already a legend in parts of county Laois as a popular folk and country singer. Elaine doesn’t just sing a song but gives it to you with all the live experience she has to make it truly a personal experience. Elaine is a storey teller, a singer and a fabulous entertainer who will have the crowd from her very first guitar strum.
Taking the stage next on the night will be the renowned folk group, “CUA”. “CUA” are an experimental and energetic folk group missing styles from around the world to give you a very upbeat and lively musical opinion on world folk. Clever as hell and catchy from the off, “CUA” are a band who keep you on a musical cliff to the entirety of their set and are a great addition to what will be an amazing concert


Sat 22. Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, w/Dónal Lunny

Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny
The Headline Agency
Music – 22 Mar
at Pavilion Theatre
Tickets €22.50/20

Two giants of the Irish trad scene, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny are uniting for an evening of great music, a mixture of traditional songs, and originals composed by Andy.

Between them, Irvine and Lunny have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Mozaik. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the wider world of Irish music.

Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, in their separate ways, have contributed to a veritable renaissance in Irish traditional music. Between them, Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine have careers that read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of popular music.

Lunny has produced albums for Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Clannad, and The Indigo Girls, and composed the soundtracks for Eat the Peach, and Teardrops. As a musician, Lunny has performed on more than a dozen Christy Moore albums, and was an integral part of such notable ensembles as Planxty, the Bothy Band, Mozaik and Moving Hearts. He has appeared on the BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions alongside the likes of James Taylor, Eddi Reader, Diana Krall and others.

Andy Irvine is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter with several solo albums to his credit. Formerly of Planxty & Sweeney’s Men, Andy is a member of Mozaik and LAPD along with Donal. He has played & recorded with Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Bill Whelan and Davy Spillane, and recently shared the bill in Dublin with Billy Bragg, celebrating the Woody Guthrie Centenary.

Lunny and Irvine will present a programme of Irish music and Andy’s songs with a bit of and Eastern European music. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see two of the legends of Irish music on stage together.

Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s MOZAIK to play Vicar Street

Artist: Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s MOZAIK
Venue: Vicar Street, Dublin
Date: 5th October 2014

Tickets: €31.50
Tickets go on sale: Friday 21st March at 9am

Andy Irvine (Ireland), Nikola Parov (Hungary), Bruce Molsky (USA), Dónal Lunny (Ireland and Japan) and Rens van der Zalm (Holland & Australia). These are the men behind this show who will give you something special with a lineup that spans the nations of the world.


Sun 16. National Concert Hall, Dublin, w/ Dónal Lunny, Zoë Conway & Máirtín O’Connor

Dónal Lunny

Performance Description

An evening with Dónal Lunny and Friends

Sunday 16th March, 8.00pm

  • Room: Main Auditorium
  • Prices: €35, €30, €25
  • 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall
  • 10% discount for Groups of 10 or more
  • Book your Meal Deal for this concert by adding the promo code MEALDEAL in the promo code box provided
  • Donal Lunny
  • Andy Irvine
  • Zoë Conway
  • Pádraig Rynne
  • Sylvain Barou
The catalogue of work touched by the hand of Dónal Lunny over five decades is something vast. To summarise the details, significance and underlying narrative of the work would be a monolithic task in itself. And to attempt to weave each strand of his career into a picture that makes perfect sense would be more difficult again.
From his work with The Emmet Spiceland, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, Mulligan Records and as a producer and collaborator right across the spectrum of genre, Lunny is widely considered perhaps the most proactive trailblazer working in the traditional Irish music field since the late 1960s. But he is a rare breed amongst innovators. He doesn’t just change music, he is unafraid to face up to its unknown possibilities. He is an explorer of music. Yet he stills displays a dedication to the role of accompanist and producer and ultimately understands the importance of collaboration, the ongoing conversation that occurs amongst musicians of a kindred spirit.
In this concert, our host examines his past, present and future. Joining him to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Festival will be long-time co-conspirator Andy Irvine. Together Lunny and Irvine gelled in the folk clubs of Dublin and joined Christy Moore and Liam O’Flynn in the early 1970s for the culture-shifting band that was Planxty. From there they simultaneously furrowed their own paths but a musical magnetism drew them back together intermittently to work with Paul Brady and projects such as Mozaik and LAPD.

Dónal will also invite the acclaimed Irish fiddler Zoë Conway to bring her multi-dimensional virtuosity to the event and revisit his recent triumvirate with the prodigious Pádraig Rynne on concertinas and Breton flautist Sylvain Barou.

Presented by the National Concert Hall 


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Sat 15. Abbey Tavern, Howth