Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny | Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend Headline Concert

  • 23rd Nov
  • 20:00
  • €20/€18
  • Droichead Arts Centre,

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Saturday 23rd November

Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend will return from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November with events throughout Drogheda including; venues, cafes, restaurants and bars, featuring some of Ireland’s most esteemed traditional singers and musicians as well as a collection of our best local talent.

This year, we are proud to present the legendary Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny for the annual Headline Concert in honour of Caitlín Bean Uí Chairbre, who was instrumental in promoting the traditional music culture in Drogheda. These two giants of the Irish trad scene will unite for an evening of great music, with a mixture of traditional songs and originals composed by Andy.

Between them, Irvine and Lunny have been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Usher’s Island. Their unique style of accompaniment is an ongoing influence in the wider world of Irish music. In their own separate ways, they have both contributed to a veritable renaissance in Irish traditional music.

Lunny has produced albums for Elvis Costello, Paul Brady, Clannad and The Indigo Girls, and composed the soundtracks for Eat the Peach, and Teardrops. As a musician, Lunny has performed on more than a dozen Christy Moore albums, and was an integral part of such notable ensembles as Planxty, the Bothy Band, Mozaik and Moving Hearts. Donal was MD of the House Band on the "Céiliúradh" concert in the Royal Albert Hall, part of President Michael D. Higgins' state visit to the UK. Andy Irvine also performed at this prestigious event.

Andy Irvine is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter with several solo albums to his credit. Formerly of Planxty & Sweeney's Men, Andy is a member of Mozaik and Usher’s Island, along with Donal. He has played and recorded with Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Bill Whelan and Davy Spillane, and shared the bill in Dublin with Billy Bragg, celebrating the Woody Guthrie Centenary. He also took part in the Imagine concerts in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see these two legends of Irish music on stage together.