Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020 – Side-splitting and heartwarming play for Trad Week

‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty for Letterkenny stage

AN Grianán Theatre hosts a side-splitting, heartwarming play as part of the sixth annual Letterkenny Trad Week line-up, 19th to 26th January 2020.

Following their highly-acclaimed 2018 tour, and their extended sold-out run at The Abbey Theatre, Livin’ Dred Theatre present the award-winning ‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty, an hilarious, absurd and poignant tale of a 100-year-old Irishman and his father on Thursday, 23rd January.

Actor and playwright Mark Doherty said he’d love to say that he intended to write Trad, that he conceived the idea, committed it to the page, and sat back and watched as it came to fruition as he had hoped and foreseen.

“I always imagined that this is how it works. And maybe it is, for great playwrights. My journey was a little different,” he told RTÉ Culture earlier this year.

“Trad began its life as a short radio piece- a two-hander, and little more than an extended sketch. It featured two ancient, bickering characters, father and son, bound together, mutually dependent, full of love and resentment equally, in an undefined time and place (anyone ever come across a fella called Beckett?). Anyhow, it went out on RTÉ radio, and that was that.

“But I soon realised there was more to be done with it. The manuscript lived in a bottom drawer for months, but I could hear the characters screaming at me still. I would go to bed at night and re-run bits of scenes in my head. Or wake up to find the father and son had infiltrated my dreams.

“I could hear them with great clarity. So out came the script again.

“Without meaning to sound silly, this is a beautiful and privileged position to be in: the feeling that the characters are leading the writing process. On the rare days when this happens, it really is a thrill to go to work.

“Around this time, Rough Magic and the Dublin Fringe Festival came up with an initiative for new playwrights, called Seeds. In this environment, with lots of help and encouragement, my little play developed further. A year and a million rewrites later and I felt Trad, as a full-length stage piece, was ready to show to somebody.”

Featuring Clare Barrett, Gus McDonagh and Seamus O’Rourke, live original music by Jim Doherty, and directed by award-winning actor Aaron Monaghan, ‘Trad’ at An Grianán on Thursday, 23rd January is not to be missed.

Further festival highlights include Sharon Shannon, The Lisa O’Neill Trio, Clann Mhic Ruairí, Paul Harrigan, Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Lemoncello and The Straddy Session.

Letterkenny Trad Week, 19th to 26th January 2020, is brought to you by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, with the kind support of Donegal County Council, The Donegal News (Media Partner), Music Network, Arts Council of Ireland and Earagail Arts Festival.

Tickets are available from regionalculturalcentre.com, angrianan.com, Tel 07491 20777, on in person from An Grianán Theatre’s Box Office, Port Road, Letterkenny.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

Lisa O’Neill Trio & Lemoncello
Sunday, 19th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty
Monday, 20th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Clann Mhic Ruairi & Guests
Tuesday, 21st January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Laoise Kelly + Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & The Straddy Session
Wednesday, 22nd January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Trad
Thursday, 23rd January, 8pm
An Grianan Theatre – €18/€16
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Xylouris White & Navá
Friday, 24th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Paul Harrigan, Tim Edey & Friends
Album Launch
Saturday 25th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
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Sharon Shannon
Sunday 26th January, 8pm
An Grianán Theatre – €25
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Letterkenny Trad Week 2020 – Sharon Shannon takes you back to 1989

Music spanning three decades from legendary musician

AN Grianán Theatre is delighted to welcome one of the biggest names in Irish trad to cross over into popular music for the upcoming sixth annual Letterkenny Trad Week (19th to 26th January).

Sharon Shannon

Legendary button accordion player Sharon Shannon will be closing the 2020 festival at the Letterkenny theatre on Sunday, 26th January.

In June 1989 Sharon was rehearsing and demoing tracks for her first album, when she was whisked away to the world famous Glastonbury festival with The Waterboys.

In the 30 years that have elapsed since then, Sharon has recorded ten studio albums; five live albums, release four four ‘Best of’ compilations and three live concert DVDs. Sharon has received many awards, including being the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

She has collaborated, recorded and toured with everyone from Willy Nelson, Bono, Johnny Depp, Shane McGowan, John Prine to Nigel Kennedy and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Sharon has also had many hit records including The Galway Girl with Steve Earle, It’s Christmas Time Again with Wallis Bird and Go Tell the Devil with Imelda May.

In the mid-1980s, Shannon studied the accordion with Karen Tweed and the fiddle with Frank Custy, and performed with the band Arcady, of which she was a founding member.

In May 1989, Sharon began work on her first album at Winkles Hotel Kinvara with producer John Dunford. This recording session lasted three days and featured guest appearances by some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Donal Lunny, Gerry O’Berne, Mary Shannon, Eoin O’Neill, The Waterboys/ Mike Scott and U2’s Adam Clayton. Last month, the musician released 16 tracks recorded at this time that have never been released on an album aptly called The Winkles Tapes.

Sharon’s Letterkenny Trad Week performance at An Grianán Theatre, for which she will be accompanied by Alan Connor on keys/guitar, will showcase music from her back catalogue beginning in 1989 right through to the present day.
Alan is a multi instrumentalist who has served as right hand man to International Artists Sharon Shannon & Jack L over the past ten years.

He has toured extensively all over the world including the USA, Australia, Asia, Canada and all over Europe.
Alan has also played with artists such as Imelda May, Shane McGowan, Something Happens, Mary Black, Steve Earle, Mary Coughlan, Frances Black, Finbar Furey and many more.

Further festival highlights in January include Lisa O’Neill, Clann Mhic Ruairí, Paul Harrigan, Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Donegal/Carlow duo Lemoncello and Donegal-based group The Straddy Sessions.

Letterkenny Trad Week, 19th to 26th January 2020, is brought to you by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, with the kind support of Donegal County Council, The Donegal News (Media Partner), Music Network, Arts Council of Ireland and Earagail Arts Festival.

Tickets are available from regionalculturalcentre.com, angrianan.com, Tel 07491 20777, on in person from An Grianán Theatre’s Box Office, Port Road, Letterkenny.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

Lisa O’Neill Trio & Lemoncello
Sunday, 19th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty
Monday, 20th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Clann Mhic Ruairi & Guests
Tuesday, 21st January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Laoise Kelly + Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & The Straddy Session
Wednesday, 22nd January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Trad
Thursday, 23rd January, 8pm
An Grianan Theatre – €18/€16
Book now!

Xylouris White & Navá
Friday, 24th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Paul Harrigan, Tim Edey & Friends
Album Launch
Saturday 25th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Sharon Shannon
Sunday 26th January, 8pm
An Grianán Theatre – €25
Book now!

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

Letterkenny Trad Week 2020

LETTERKENNY Trad Week has just unveiled its full line-up for January 2020 featuring a host of homegrown and international talent.

Now going into its sixth year, the annual event continues to go from strength to strength attracting a high calibre of musicianship.

Hosted by the Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre, the event aims to promote Irish traditional music, as well as giving you a flavour of traditions from around the world.

This year’s line-up includes Sharon Shannon, Lisa O’Neill, Clann Mhic Ruairí, Paul Harrigan & Tim Edey, Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Lemoncello, The Straddy Sessions, Xylouris White, Navá and more.

Kicking off this week-long celebration of Irish and world music will be renowned Cavan singer/songwriter Lisa O’Neill on Sunday, 19th January, in the RCC. Support on the night will come from Donegal/Carlow duo Lemoncello, Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella, who are making their first appearance in Claire’s native Letterkenny.

Letterkenny Trad Week will come to a close with a big concert at An Grianán with legendary button accordion player Sharon Shannon on Sunday, 26h January.

In addition to hosting Sharon Shannon, who will be accompanied accompanied by Alan Connor on keys/guitar, An Grianán is also hosting a fantastic play during Trad Week.

Following their highly-acclaimed 2018 tour, and their extended sold-out run at The Abbey Theatre, Livin’ Dred Theatre present the award-winning ‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty at An Grianán Theatre, an hilarious, absurd and poignant tale of a 100-year-old Irishman… and his father! Together they set out to discover the son they never knew he had.

Jeremy Howard, General Manager at the RCC, said: “Letterkenny Trad Week has not only hosted some of the biggest names in Irish traditional and international folk music, it has also brought together musicians for collaborations and introduced new acts.

“This year is no different as we look forward to welcoming Music Network’s quartet of Galician and Irish artists, Anxo Lorenzo gaita/whistles), Jim Murray (guitar), Dónal O’Connor (fiddle) and Jack Talty (concertina) and hosting the first-ever performance of the Strady Session.

“The new Donegal-based ensemble includes singer/guitarist Michael Gallanagh from Inishowen, fiddle player Barry McLaughlin from Tyrone, Monaghan concertina player Róna Dinkin, flute player John Lee from Leitrim and fiddle player Séamus McGuire from Sligo.”

An Grianán’s Director, Patricia McBride said: “I am really delighted that An Grianán is again hosting Trad Week in association with RCC in 2020. It’s a great start to the year’s programme.

“We have a superb line-up of artists and events throughout the week, an absolute feast for music fans in the north-west.”

Letterkenny Trad Week, 19th to 26th January 2020, is brought to you by the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, with the kind support of Donegal County Council, The Donegal News (Media Partner), Music Network, Arts Council of Ireland and Earagail Arts Festival.

Tickets are available from regionalculturalcentre.com, angrianan.com, Tel 07491 20777, on in person from An Grianán Theatre’s Box Office, Port Road, Letterkenny.

Lisa O’Neill Trio & Lemoncello
Sunday, 19th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Anxo Lorenzo, Jim Murray, Dónal O’Connor & Jack Talty
Monday, 20th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Clann Mhic Ruairi & Guests
Tuesday, 21st January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Laoise Kelly + Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & The Straddy Session
Wednesday, 22nd January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Trad
Thursday, 23rd January, 8pm
An Grianan Theatre – €18/€16
Book now!

Xylouris White & Navá
Friday, 24th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Paul Harrigan, Tim Edey & Friends
Album Launch
Saturday 25th January, 8pm
Regional Cultural Centre – €15/€12
Book now!

Sharon Shannon
Sunday 26th January, 8pm
An Grianán Theatre – €25
Book now!

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