Thursday 24th January
FIDDLE and flute from two incredibly well-respected musicians. Between them they have been members of Toss the Feathers, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Flook and Lunasa and have performed with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon and Kate Rusby to name just a few.
Dezi ‘Fiddle on Fire’ Donnelly is a Manchester-based fiddle player and one of the founder members of the legendary Celtic Rock Band ‘Toss the Feathers’ often seen collaborating with the likes of Sharon Shannon and BBC instrumentalist of the Year, Mike McGoldrick.
Michael McGoldrick has been a member of several influential bands. In 1994 he was awarded the BBC Young Tradition Award, and in 2001 he was given the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
McGoldrick was a founder-member of the Celtic rock band Toss the Feathers while still at school. He was an early member of Lúnasa from 1997 until roughly 2000 and played on their first albums. He also joined Capercaillie in 1997, playing on four albums.
McGoldrick has played regularly for Afro-Celt Sound System and Kate Rusby’s band. As of 2011 he leads the Michael McGoldrick Band.
In 2010 Michael replaced John McCusker, joining Tim O’Brien on Mark Knopfler’s US leg of the Get Lucky Tour. This being a success, he was invited (and accepted) to stay on for the remainder of the World Tour in Europe when John McCusker had returned.
He went on to play on the next Mark Knopfler album, Privateering and played with the band for the subsequent World Tour. McGoldrick also recorded for the ‘Ceol Tacsi’ project with many other British and Irish artists.
Letterkenny Trad Week is organised by Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and An Grianán Theatre, in association with Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Music Education Partnership and Music Network. The media partner is the Donegal News and the accommodation partner is Station House Hotel.
All concerts start at 8pm and tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777.