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