AS part of the The White Horse Winter Festival (24 – 29 January 2017) sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill bring their unique style and repertoire of Donegal traditional songs to an afternoon performance for The White Horse Winter Festival taking place in Ballincollig on January 28.
Building on previous years, Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill are part of an exciting lineup for 2017’s festival joining American musicians Dirk Powell and Sarah Jarosz, Cork musician Jack O’Rourke, Internationally renowned Mick Flannery and Indie-Rockers The Frank & Walters. Ballincollig’s White Horse will once again play host to much of the festival programme, including a festival club and lively discussion and workshops during the week. The White Horse has made its mark on the Irish live music circuit in the last few years with a wonderful live room and music-led ethos endearing itself to a host of renowned songwriters and artists.
Sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill’s unique style and repertoire of traditional comes down to them through generations of the Ó Domhnaill family. Known for her work with the short-lived, but highly regarded Skara Brae and her collaborations with sister Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, as well as other traditional musicians. Most recently she has recorded and performed with the West Ocean String Quartet (WOSQ). Along with her sister Tríona, Moya Brennan, and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, part of a new Celtic supergroup T with the Maggies
David Munnelly is an accordion player from Belmullet, Co. Mayo. His singular musical voice is built on deep foundations, beginning with family influences, in particular his grandmother’s melodeon playing; then adding wild virtuoso flourishes, echoing the swing-flavoured Irish-American music of the 1920s and 1930s. These roots in the Irish tradition are set against sophisticated and contemporary multi-layered bass and chordal accompaniment, creating a unique, rich and unforgettable sound.
David is widely regarded as one of the most influential Irish accordion players of his generation: he has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains, and for 15 years fronted The David Munnelly Band. In recent years, his skills as a composer and arranger have come to the fore and David now works on a wide variety of music projects, ranging from the multi-award winning pan-Eurpoean accordion five-piece Samurai, through his experimental solo compositions, to the high-energy traditional Irish band Mórga.
Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill plays The White Horse, Ballincollig, January 28
Doors 2:30pm Tickets €15