Dónal Lunny

Born Aug 10, 1947

Dónal Lunny is an Irish folk musician. Lunny has been at the forefront of the evolution of Irish traditional music for more than thirty-five years and has participated within the renaissance of that genre during that period. He is the brother of musician and producer Manus Lunny.… Read More

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1947 Birth Dónal Lunny was born on 10 March 1947 in Tullamore. … Read More


1963 16 Years Old He attended secondary school at Newbridge College and, in 1963, joined the Patrician Brothers' school for the Intermediate Certificate year. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old In 1965, Lunny had enrolled at Dublin's National College of Art & Design where he studied Basic Design and Graphic Design. … Read More


1968 21 Years Old Eventually, Lunny and Bolgor joined forces with brothers Brian and Mick Byrne from Spiceland Folk to form Emmet Spiceland, which continued as a trio after Bolgor resigned. Their debut album, The First, was released in 1968. … Read More
1970 23 Years Old In 1970, Lunny formed a musical partnership with Andy Irvine - who had returned from his travels in Eastern Europe - after an initial gig at a party for the Irish-Soviet Union Friendship conference organised by Seán Mac Réamoinn. … Read More
1971 24 Years Old In 1971, Lunny and Irvine played on Moore's second album, Prosperous, which led the three of them, plus Liam O'Flynn, to form Planxty shortly thereafter. … Read More
1974 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, Lunny produced and performed on the album Celtic Folkweave by Mick Hanly and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, who had been supporting Planxty on tour. … Read More


1981 34 Years Old After the Bothy Band disbanded, Lunny became a session musician on various projects, including Davey and Morris, the first album to feature Shaun Davey. In 1981, Lunny reunited with Moore to form Moving Hearts, along with a young uilleann piper, Davy Spillane. … Read More
1985 38 Years Old When Moving Hearts broke up in 1985, Lunny diversified and became a producer. … Read More


1989 42 Years Old In 1989, he contributed synthesizer on Mary Black's breakthrough album No Frontiers. … Read More
1994 47 Years Old In 1994, he produced Irish Australian singer/songwriter Mairéid Sullivan's first recording, Dancer. … Read More


2000 53 Years Old He appeared at the 2000 Cambridge Folk Festival, and the album that commemorated it.
2001 54 Years Old In 2001 Lunny collaborated with Frank Harte on the album My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte. … Read More
2003 56 Years Old During 2003–2005, Lunny was part of the reunited Planxty concert tour.


2010 63 Years Old 1 More Event
He also produced Jimmy MacCarthy's album entitled Hey-Ho Believe, which was released on 12 November 2010. … Read More
2012 65 Years Old On Friday, 20 January 2012, Lunny appeared on stage with LAPD, the latest grouping of players from Planxty; the moniker is made up from the first name initials of Liam O'Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Dónal Lunny. … Read More
2015 68 Years Old On Tuesday, 27 January 2015, Lunny's latest musical association performed at Celtic Connections 2015 in Glasgow. … Read More
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