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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
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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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First Trad Week show sells out

Letterkenny Trad Week 2019

THIS year’s fourth Letterkenny Trad Week (January 19-27), brought to you in association with the Regional Cultural Centre, is quickly gaining momentum with the first show selling out.

Such was the demand for the show Zoe Conway + John McIntyre and Seamus McGuire + John Lee with support from Coirm that the show sold out very soon after the holidays.

There was particular local interest in this show thanks to the group Coirm which is made up by talented young musicians from the Ceol na Coille Traditional School of Music. If you missed out on this show, fear not, as Coirm will be performing a second time during Trad Week when they open for legendary Donegal trad group Altan at An Grianán Theatre on Sunday, January, 27. Tickets for this show are also selling fast, so book soon!

In the meantime, there is a host of other great shows, also selling well, taking place at the Regional Cultural Centre during the fourth annual Trad Week. One of Trad Week’s hottest tips is the opening show of Music Network Presents – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane & Anna Massie on Saturday, January 19.

While these artists may not be household names…yet, they are some of the brightest stars on their selected instruments and vocal genres who have performed with some of the biggest names in music and this is a chance to see them all together on one stage.

Music Network Presents – Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane & Anna Massie - Trad Week 2019.

The show features the ethereal voice of award-winning Scottish songstress Siobhan Miller (vocals) and the honeyed tones of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals/flute), recent winner of RTÉ Folk Awards ‘Best Traditional Folk Track of the Year’. Winner of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, Miller was recently lauded as “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song”, while highly-acclaimed singer and flautist Nic Amhlaoibh is best known for her performances as a solo artist and with Irish super group Danú, and her work as a TV presenter.

Gifted accordionist Damien Mullane (accordion/melodeon) brings his unique creative talents to the collaboration. Winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon, Mullane has played with stars from a wide range of genres including Ronnie Wood, James Taylor and Sting. Completing the line-up, fleet-fingered guitarist and banjo player Anna Massie (guitar/banjo/mandolin) is renowned for her work with Blazin’ Fiddles and such luminaries as Bella Hardy, Julie Fowlis, Kate Rusby, Capercaillie and Eddi Reader.

THE PRIDE OF MANCHESTER

ON Thursday, January 24, also in the Regional Cultural Centre, is another chance to see two artists who between them they have been members of Toss the Feathers, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Flook and Lunasa and have performed with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon and Kate Rusby to name just a few.

Letterkenny Trad Week – Mike McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly

Dezi ‘Fiddle on Fire’ Donnelly is a Manchester-based fiddle player and one of the founder members of the legendary Celtic Rock Band ‘Toss the Feathers’ often seen collaborating with the likes of Sharon Shannon and BBC instrumentalist of the Year, Mike McGoldrick.

Michael McGoldrick has been a member of several influential bands. In 1994 he was awarded the BBC Young Tradition Award, and in 2001 he was given the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

All concerts begin at 8pm. For bookings or further information go to www.angrianan.com or call An Grianán Theatre Box Office on Tel +353 (0) 7491 20777.

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Coirm busy in rehearsals for Altan gig

A GROUP of young Irish traditional musicians is busy rehearsing for its fourth commission by an internationally-acclaimed musician and composer.

COIRM

Coirm is a group which was was set up by Letterkenny-based Ceol na Coille School of Irish Traditional Music as a platform for young musicians to perform nationally and internationally.

To-date some of its members have performed throughout Ireland, UK, Europe and also the USA with sister school, North Dallas and Austin school of Traditional Music.

The group has commissioned renowned musicians to write new music, raising the funding for the projects themselves, with additional support by Donegal County Council’s Arts Office.

Dr Seamus McGuire, Zoe Conway and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh were the first artists to be commissioned and the fourth in as many years has been composed by Martin Tourish.

A current member of Altan, the Ballybofey native is a renowned musician in his own right and rehearsals are now underway with the group.

Paul Harrigan of Ceol na Coille, and director of Coirm, said there is great excitement surrounding the new commission being composed by a local musician held in such high regard in national and international music circles.

“We began the process a few years ago with our first commission from Seamus McGuire who is an internationally known musician living in Donegal.

“This was a great first project for the then newly-formed group and we were absolutely delighted that Seamus came on board in writing a piece of music for the group and was so encouraging for the young musicians and so generous with his time.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for these fine young musicians to travel, experience the performance and social side of our traditional arts and build knowledge and friendships that will other qualities through performance and sharing experiences.”

Past pupils and performers of Ceol na Coille and Coirm have continued to study music in Maynooth, University of Cork, Galway, University of Limerick at the World Center of Irish Traditional Music & Dance and University of Ulster.

Many of these have reached high achievements at London College of Music and SCT Examinations and at All Ireland Chomhaltas Fleadh competitions.

The new commission will be performed by Coirm officially during Letterkenny Trad Week where the group will be supporting Altan on the closing night at An Grianán Theatre, Sunday, January 27.

The group will also be performing Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh’s Failte an Earraigh, Coirm’s commission from 2017 that evening, as well as supporting Dr Seamus McGuire, John Lee and Zoe Conway with John McIntyre earlier in the week on Tuesday, January 22, which is now sold out, during the week-long festivities.

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

The 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 with concerts here at An Grianán and in the Regional Cultural Centre.

The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians including: Billy Bragg and Martin & Eliza Carthy from England, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever from Scotland, Na Mooneys, Lynched and No Crows from Ireland and Joe Henry and Special Consensus from America.

All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777, or online at www.angrianan.com  Tickets for RCC concerts are priced €12 / €10 concessions, Martin & Eliza Carthy is €20 and Billy Bragg & Joe Henry is €25.

Regional Cultural Centre Concerts

Letterkenny Trad Week kicks off with three concerts at RCC Letterkenny. There’s a blistering double-bill with classic US Grammy nominated Bluegrass band Special Consensus and the first Letterkenny visit by Sligo’s dynamic folk orchestra No Crows on Friday January 20th. Leading Scottish outfit Lau’s frontman Kris Drever teams up with the exquisite Hebridean singer Julie Fowlis and two of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina) as part of a Music Network organised Irish Tour on Sunday 22nd. There is another incredible double-bill on Friday 27th with leading Donegal traditional music family group Na Mooneys, featuring sisters Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, their brother Gearóid and his son Ciarán, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning Rheingans Sisters from Sheffield.

An Grianán Theatre Concerts

The final two Letterkenny Trad Week concerts take place in the wonderful surroundings of An Grianán Theatre. The ‘A Family Affair, Gala Concert’ on Saturday January 28th features an amazing line-up of Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, Rheingans Sisters and young local musicians Coirm. Martin Carthy ‘the greatest English folk song performer of them all’ (Q Magazine) and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza, will be joined by brothers Lynched ‘the most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’ (The Guardian), 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners (Best Original Track) and Folk Award Nominees (Best Newcomer), the Rheingans Sisters and Coirm, the wonderful young ensemble from Letterkenny’s Ceol na Coille traditional music school.

The final concert on Monday 30th features Billy Bragg & Joe Henry. In March this year Bragg and Henry, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train looking to reconnect with music inspired by the railroad. On this ‘Shine A Light’ tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own considerable back catalogues.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

Fri 20 January at 8pm
Special Consensus and No Crows
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sun 22 January at 8pm
Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Padraig Rynne
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Fri 27 January at 8pm
Na Mooneys / The Rheingans
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sat 28 January at 8pm
A Family Affair Gala Concert featuring Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, The Rheingans Sisters and Coirm
An Grianán Theatre
€20 Book now!

Mon 30 January at 8pm
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
An Grianán Theatre
€25 Book now!

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Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th.

The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians including: Billy Bragg and Martin & Eliza Carthy from England, Julie Fowlis and Kris Drever from Scotland, Na Mooneys, Lynched and No Crows from Ireland and Joe Henry and Special Consensus from America.

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th.  The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians. at the launch are Seated Sean Hannigan,  Martin McGinley and Patrica McBride. Back from left are Paul Harrigan, John Gildea, Chris O'Grady,  Jeremy Howard, Paul Browne, Aisling Grier, Daithi Ramsay, Tom Banford, raolach O Fiónain, Anne Marie Conlon and Edel Corcoran.  Photo Clive Wasson

The press Launch for the 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week that takes place from January 20th to 30th 2017 was held at An Grianán Theatre on Tuesday December 13th. The event goes from strength to strength each year and the 2017 festival has an expanded programme featuring five great concerts, music workshops and artists-in-residence The Rheingans Sisters from England. A brilliant series of folk and traditional music concerts includes performances by some of the world’s leading musicians. at the launch are Seated Sean Hannigan, Martin McGinley and Patrica McBride. Back from left are Paul Harrigan, John Gildea, Chris O’Grady, Jeremy Howard, Paul Browne, Aisling Grier, Daithi Ramsay, Tom Banford, raolach O Fiónain, Anne Marie Conlon and Edel Corcoran. Photo Clive Wasson

All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777, or online at www.angrianan.com  Tickets for RCC concerts are priced €12 / €10 concessions, Martin & Eliza Carthy is €20 and Billy Bragg & Joe Henry is €25.

Trad Week not only sorts out any January blues you might have but with a special Pre-Christmas Early Bird Offer, of all 5 concerts for €60 only, it also provides a great option for Christmas presents (offer ends December 23rd). Letterkenny Trad Week is organized by Donegal County Council Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre, in association with Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Music Education Partnership, Music Network and media partner Donegal News.

Regional Cultural Centre Concerts

Letterkenny Trad Week kicks off with three concerts at RCC Letterkenny. There’s a blistering double-bill with classic US Grammy nominated Bluegrass band Special Consensus and the first Letterkenny visit by Sligo’s dynamic folk orchestra No Crows on Friday January 20th. Leading Scottish outfit Lau’s frontman Kris Drever teams up with the exquisite Hebridean singer Julie Fowlis and two of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina) as part of a Music Network organised Irish Tour on Sunday 22nd. There is another incredible double-bill on Friday 27th with leading Donegal traditional music family group Na Mooneys, featuring sisters Mairéad and Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, their brother Gearóid and his son Ciarán, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winning Rheingans Sisters from Sheffield.

An Grianán Theatre Concerts

The final two Letterkenny Trad Week concerts take place in the wonderful surroundings of An Grianán Theatre. The ‘A Family Affair, Gala Concert’ on Saturday January 28th features an amazing line-up of Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, Rheingans Sisters and young local musicians Coirm. Martin Carthy ‘the greatest English folk song performer of them all’ (Q Magazine) and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza, will be joined by brothers Lynched ‘the most convincing folk band to come out of Ireland in years’ (The Guardian), 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners (Best Original Track) and Folk Award Nominees (Best Newcomer), the Rheingans Sisters and Coirm, the wonderful young ensemble from Letterkenny’s Ceol na Coille traditional music school.
The final concert on Monday 30th features Billy Bragg & Joe Henry. In March this year Bragg and Henry, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train looking to reconnect with music inspired by the railroad. On this ‘Shine A Light’ tour, they’ll be playing songs from that journey, along with favourites from their own considerable back catalogues.

Letterkenny Trad Week 2017

Fri 20 January at 8pm
Special Consensus and No Crows
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sun 22 January at 8pm
Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Padraig Rynne
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Fri 27 January at 8pm
Na Mooneys / The Rheingans
Regional Cultural Centre
€12/€10 Book now!

Sat 28 January at 8pm
A Family Affair Gala Concert featuring Martin & Eliza Carthy, Lynched, The Rheingans Sisters and Coirm
An Grianán Theatre
€20 Book now!

Mon 30 January at 8pm
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
An Grianán Theatre
€25 Book now!

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