"Inspired by Trad" Featuring Mick Mulvey (flute), Shane Meehan (fiddle), Siobhan O’Donnell (guitar, bodhrán/ vocal), Catherine McHugh (piano)
Two of Leitrim’s finest musicians will bring us on a journey through the music of Leitrim and North Connacht and explore how the tradition has moved and evolved as it crossed geographical and temporal borders. They will be joined on this excursion by Catherine McHugh on piano and Siobhán O’Donnell on guitar and Bodhran.
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Shane Meehan, a fiddle player from Carrick-on-Shannon Co. Leitrim was initially taught by his grandfather John Meehan who was a flute and fiddle player. He grew up playing with local musicians Damian O’Brien, Oliver Loughlin and Padraig McGovern to name a few. In his teens he took an interest in composition and this soon led to his involvement in the first Leitrim Equation project in 2009 alongside Lúnasa. Two reels composed by Shane featured on the subsequent album The Leitrim Equation which was the culmination for the project with Lúnasa and local musicians. Since then, Shane has gone on to win an All-Ireland with The Moylurg Céilí Band and their album The Rest is History includes a set of tunes composed by Shane. Shane has also appeared on Geantraí and An Samhradh Linn playing his own compositions alongside Seán Gilrane, Lorraine Sweeney, Daithí Gormley and John McCartin.
One of Ireland's leading traditional Irish flute players, Mick Mulvey has established a reputation for good hearty traditional music in the North Connacht style. His musical and ancestral roots are firmly anchored in that part of Ireland and, since returning from London in 2006, he has enjoyed something of a renaissance in his music; his combination of lifty, lively reel playing and more melodic and poignant hornpipes, airs and barndances is winning over new listeners.
Siobhan O’Donnell is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Co.Sligo. She started learning music from the age of nine and was greatly influenced by the local South Sligo style of traditional music and song, learning tunes on the whistle and fiddle from her father Colm.
Catherine McHugh a pianist from Co. Galway joins the performance. Having scooped top awards at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann through the years, Catherine is a wonder performer and rooted in the Irish music tradition.