For the last quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, tv shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "One of the best interpretative singers around"
At a time when less adventurous performers preferred to stick exclusively to the well-worn ballads from Ireland’s rich music heritage and the more obvious hits from contemporary writers, Mary explored the best work available from new composers and mined the rich seams they offered. That commitment to fresh material, combined with her unique interpretations of the songs she chooses, saw her release numerous albums that achieved platinum sales status and spawned countless hits. Indeed, one of Mary’s albums - No Frontiers - spent more than a year in the Irish Top 30!
To the acclaim and awards Mary has received over the years from both the public and the critics must also be added the esteem she has generated from her fellow artists. Indeed, many of them have recorded and performed live with her, including Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez and Van Morrison, not to mention a host of Irish traditional musicians and singers. Along the way she has also recorded and performed with her siblings in The Black Family and with her highly successful sister Frances
Mary headlines Dingle Folkfest 2019 with her full band. A concert not to be missed!
No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.
With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle
Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right
Hailing from the cultural wellsprings of the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland, with roots firmly planted in her tradition, bilingual singer and musician Bernie Pháid is a welcome contributor to the vibrant music of this culturally rich area.
Bernie's latest offering Síol, sees this engaging artist reach out to find her voice in the hills of Appalachia, all the time drawing deep from the ancient musical well. In her wide-ranging repertoire.
Collaborating with Bernie on guitar and in an easy close harmony singing style is Galways own Dave Clancy.
This duo have been captivating audiences with their achingly honest ballads and uplifting rootsy numbers, both at home and abroad in the short couple of years they have worked together.
Hailing from County Wicklow on Ireland’s East coast, Ríona has been captivating audiences both at home and abroad from a very early age.
Relocating to the musical enclave of Dingle, Co. Kerry from the age of 16, Ríona emmersed herself in the rich folk and traditional music community and developed her love of performance and songwriting.
At the tender age of 18, Ríona released herself titled debut EP of original songs to wide critical acclaim. After receiving encouragement from artists including Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan, Ríona went on to open for Irish accordion virtuoso Sharon Shannon and perform the prestigious Other Voices festivals in Dingle, Derry and London.
In 2018, Ríona embarked on her first tour of Germany and is set to return in January 2019.