Artists 2019


Dermot Byrne, Yvonne Casey and Steve Cooney








Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s most outstanding traditional accordion players and needs no introduction to Donegal audiences. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. For his contribution to Irish music Dermot was chosen as TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.

 

Yvonne Casey is one of Co. Clare’s most distinctive fiddle players. In the 1990’s Yvonne recorded two albums with The Ceili Bandits and they toured Europe and the USA. She also recorded her first solo CD in 2004. Since then, she has created her own music school in Clare and teaches and performs at various festivals at home and abroad. Yvonne’s recently released CD entitled “Croí” (Heart), includes her own new compositions.

 

Australian born Steve Cooney started his professional musical career from the age of seventeen. In 1981 he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland where he joined Stockton’s Wing, playing bass guitar and didgeridoo. Since then he has been very active performing and recording with Dermot Byrne, Sharon Shannon, Mary Black, Sliabh Notes and many others.



Four Men and a Dog













 

Four Men & A Dog burst on the scene in the early nineties as one of the most exciting trad bands in the world. They were the first Irish band ever to win Album of the Year from Folk Roots magazine. Featuring Cathal and Stephen Hayden, Donal Murphy, Gino Lupari and Kevin Doherty, their fiery tune sets are second to none for passion & precision, while the songs are full of surprise - anything from traditional ballads to American folk songs to acoustic rock n' roll. This band only play a very selective number of dates each year, so this is a genuinely rare chance to catch one of Irish music's greatest live acts.





The Friel Sisters












 

The Friel Sisters, Anna, Sheila and Clare, are young traditional musicians hailing from Glasgow/Donegal. Born and brought up in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal they play a mixture of music interspersed with songs, many from their family repertoire. Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle,flute and uilleann pipes approaching their music in a style inspired by many encounters with great musicians and singers throughout Europe & USA. Anna, Sheila and Clare have performed in various venues and festivals including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections, the Danish Tonder Festival, Willie Clancy Summer School, Catskill’s Irish Arts Week in New York, Frankie Kennedy Winter School, Sligo Live and at many other festivals. They have appeared as guests on stage with acts such as The Chieftains, Solas, Cherish the Ladies, and Altan on several occasions.