This year, 2020, Culture Night reached it's fifteenth year. However, as we all know, it was a Culture Night not like any that had preceded it. We did, of course, open our doors to the public and we offered gallery tours for families and small groups. This year in our galleries we welcomed visitors to see the paintings of Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh.
We also presented the streaming of an event which had been specially recorded for Culture Night by two of the country's foremost traditional musicians ...
In a specially recorded concert for Culture Night 2020 David Munnelly and Shane McGowan, two of Ireand's foremost traditional musicians stopped by and played a storming set of tunes that you can enjoy for free here and on our social media platforms. David Munnelly’s spirited accordion finds fine purchase between the grooves of Shane McGowan’s meticulous guitar in this high energy journey through styles and musical cultures. It's top drawer stuff. We hope you enjoy!
“Their musicianship and their longstanding ego-free approach to their craft, both together and through their long careers as musicians of the highest calibre, is already an established pretext with anyone listening to Irish music that is paying attention. Their work, both as sidemen and producers, as well as band members, session musicians and individual musicians in their own right, requires little if any proof from me or anyone else in order to stand firmly on the strength of the merit of their work itself. ” Seamie O'Dowd