8pm | Thursday 18th October
Dónal & Tommy have recently released their new fiddle & flute duet album entitled ‘The Bank of Turf’. Price: Adult: €5.00
Described by Matt Molloy as “a remarkable musician”, Dónal hails from Co. Monaghan and was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2013. Dónal is well known for his vibrant, fresh and unique style. In 2011 he released his début solo CD entitled Bits’n’Pieces and has performed on Irish TV programs such as Béaloideas Beo, Geantraí, Imeall & Gradam Ceoil on TG4 and on RTÉ’s Fleadh Programme. He has won awards at both the Fiddler of Dooney, Sligo and the Fiddler of Oriel, Monaghan. He grew up listening to many of the great fiddle-players including Tommy Peoples, Séamus Quinn, Bryan Rooney and Frankie Gavin.
Dónal has featured on various albums over the past few years including on Michael McCague’s “The Waylaid Man” as well as having recorded on & arranged on Seán McElwain’s “Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over It” album of Monaghan music, an album which was awarded the Collaboration Award at Gradam Ceoil TG4, 2016.
Multi-instrumentalist Tommy Fitzharris, hails from Stradbally, Co Laois, and has been playing traditional Irish Music since the age of seven. He comes from a musical family and is self-taught on the flute, concertina and whistle.
Tommy made a first ever for his county in 2009 when he won the Senior Concertina Title in the All-Ireland Fleadh. In 2012, he then triumphed in the All Ireland Senior Flute Competition winning it also at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Cavan.
Tommy has been a tutor on the BA in Irish Music and Dance and on the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance in the University of Limerick from 2009 to present. In addition, he is in constant demand as a tutor and performer on the traditional Irish music festival scene and continues to give workshops and concerts at various traditional music festivals nationally and internationally.
Tommy has toured Europe, the United States and Asia extensively with the band Ciorras who were formed as part of the Lorg Lunny programme on TG4. He has featured on the Fleadh programmes, BBC Alba and its annual coverage of the famous Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Beijing TV, Geantraí, Ceilí House and The Tubridy Show. He has performed in some the worlds most prestigious music venues including The Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, The National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Munich Philharmonic Concert Hall to name but a few. Tommy holds an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance and a Grad Dip in Music Education, attained from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Frankie Gavin described the album as “One of my all-time favourites; one I can leave on repeat for hours!”
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