Andy Irvine &

Dónal Lunny

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers. His voice is one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland, and he has been hailed as ‘a tradition in himself’. In his more than fifty-year career as a musician, singer and songwriter, he has built a repertoire of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes and a compelling canon of his self-penned songs.

‘Andy’s singing is pure emotion. His playing is both delicate and energetic. Andy invented the interlaces of bouzouki, mandolin and mandola in Irish music. He’s often been mimicked, but never equalled.’ (Hot Press)

Dónal Lunny is widely regarded as a pivotal figure in the renaissance of Irish traditional music over the last four decades. A co-founder of Mulligan Records, he produced seventeen albums for the label. He has toured the world, collaborating with musicians from a diverse range of cultures. A much sought-after producer across a range of musical genres, Dónal continues to work in studio production and composes music for theatre, television and film.

A founding member of several seminal bands – including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts and Coolfin – more recent collaborations include Mosaic with his long-time collaborator Andy Irvine, and ZoDoMo with Zoe Conway and Máirtín O’Connor. Donal latterly formed Usher’s Island with Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick and John Doyle. Current projects include Atlantic Arc, a nine-piece ensemble exploring the connections and commonalities of Celtic cultures from Ireland to Galicia.

Donal is a member of Aosdána and artist in residence at UCD’s Creative Futures Academy.

Book your tickets

Venue: Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Drogheda
Date: Friday, September 8
Time: 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)
Tickets: €25