Dónal Lunny
Irish musician
Dónal Lunny
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.
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Suu Kyi walks on with Bono to Ireland; U2 singer lauds democracy activist as 'tough customer'
Fox News - over 4 years
Aung San Suu Kyi and Bono joined forces Monday as the Myanmar democracy activist's European tour moved from the home of the Nobel Peace Prize to the land of U2. The pair spent more than an hour answering questions at an Oslo conference of peace mediators at the end of Suu Kyi's four-day visit to Norway. Then they jetted together to the Irish capital, Dublin, for an evening concert in her honor. Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore and a trio of children, two of them Burmese nationals, offered Suu Kyi flowers as she arrived at Dublin Airport. After meeting Irish President Michael D. Higgins, she arrived at a riverside theater to thunderous cheers and applause, with Bono and Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney walking alongside her down the red carpet. Inside, Amnesty International organized a three-hour show of songs, poems and speeches in her honor featuring top Irish stars, and set against a backdrop of a wall of opened birdcages symbolizi ...
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The Festival inside the Cavan Fleadh Cheol - VIDEOS - Irish Central
Google News - over 5 years
Over the course of the week I saw Donal Lunny and Ciorras perform there for an audience of over 600 midday on Friday afternoon and the setting and sound was as good as any venue on the day. Later that night it was hosting what was billed as the "60th
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Lunny at Naul - Fingal Independent
Google News - over 5 years
The legendary Donal Lunny and Mairtín O'connor are in town with Roisín Elsafty for a concert at the venue on September 23rd. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the concert will begin an hour later and tickets are priced at just € 20 for a rare chance to see
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Mayo piper calls the tunes - Mayo News
Google News - over 5 years
Two albums, 'Merry Bits of Timber' and 'Playground', showcased Emer's musicianship, and over the years there have been a host of high profile and eclectic collaborations with everyone from Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin and singer Damien Dempsey,
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Centre offers Scottish Gaelic class - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
This year's Feile An Droichead, which begins this week, is being championed by one of the founders of modern-day Irish traditional music Donal Lunny and boasts a host of top-name acts. The series of concerts includes a major attraction with the trad
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The Afro Celt Sound System Is Back Better Than Ever After A Three-Year Hiatus - World Music Central
Google News - over 5 years
“I brought Donal Lunny over from Ireland to try some ideas, so that album very much predicated the Afro Celts. There are obvious intersections that I heard when I first went to Senegal in 1992 to work with Baaba Maal. You get a lot of triplets;
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Arts Fest boosted economy by €6million - Kilkenny Advertiser
Google News - over 5 years
While, T with the Maggies with Donal Lunny was packed to capacity with an appreciative audience also at St Canice's Cathedral. Theatrically, The Big Deal was a hard-hitting piece of drama that broke down the boundaries surrounding the issue of
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Bustling Cavan town tunes up for week of Fleadh Cheoil - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
Over the next week the Gig Rig, set up at the Egg Market in the town, is due to host, amongst others, Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny and Ciorras, Bluegrass legend Tim O'Brien as well as Frankie Gavin and De Dannan. Impromptu séisúin will take place on the
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Sailing with the 'Riverdance' of life - Jerusalem Post
Google News - over 5 years
According to O'Connor, Riverdance has its roots in a traditional piece of Irish music called “Timedance” which was composed by Whelan and Donal Lunny and performed by their band Planxty, with the accompaniment of ballet dancers during an interval at
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Chiar nimic nu se compara! - Cancan
Google News - over 5 years
Are patru copii: Jake - cu primul sot, Brigidine Roisine - din relatia cu John Waters, Shane - facut în urma relatiei cu muzicianul Donal Lunny, si Yeshua Francis Neil - din legatura amoroasa cu Frank Bonadio
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Kila looks far beyond the traditional in quest for 'exotic colours of sound' - Edmonton Journal
Google News - over 5 years
By the time they made their first recording, Groovin', in 1991, fresh arrangements were starting to seep in as they took inspiration from other, more established folk acts of the day such as Moving Hearts and Donal Lunny. Early on, Ronan and Rossa
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Sinead O'Connor's sad slide from being pop's most ethereal beauty - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Her son, Shane, seven, was the product of her relationship with another musician, Donal Lunny. More recently she was involved in a tempestuous affair with Frank Bonadio, an American businessman with whom she had her youngest son, four-year-old Yeshua
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Mendebala mucho más que folk - Deia
Google News - over 5 years
La banda, que vuelve a tener a Cifu a la voz y guitarra, hará un repaso por lo más conocido de su trayectoria, incluido su último disco, Introversiones, en el que versionan a artistas que les han influido como Oyster Band, The Waterboys, Donal Lunny,
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Blas Summer School returns to UL - Limerick Leader
Google News - over 5 years
Irish musician Donal Lunny teaching at last year's Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. Lunny returns again this year as a tutor. THE Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music
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Legendary Fiddler Bruce Molsky at Sandglass, 5/15 - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
Molsky is a master fiddler, a fine singer, guitarist and banjo player, who performs solo and also frequently joins genre-busting supergroups, like the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four and Mozaik, with Hungarian Nikola Parov, and Celtic giant Donal Lunny
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«Die Freundschaften haben gehalten» - Liechtensteiner Vaterland
Google News - almost 6 years
Er schloss Bekanntschaft mit späteren Erfolgsmusikern wie Christy Moore und Donal Lunny. Die Musik ist bis heute ein grosses Hobby von Erich Hilty. Sein Hotel wurde immer wieder von Freunden aus Liechtenstein und der Schweiz besucht
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Fiddler spins gold from silk - Irish Echo
Google News - almost 6 years
The Kerry medley “Dan O'Keeffe's / If I Had a Wife / Leave Well Alone” seemed to dance on Burke's strings, and a pair of polkas comprising “Glen Cottage” and a Donal Lunny composition also delivered plenty of snap. Burke prefaced his nuanced,
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IrishCentral's top ten most beloved Irish songwriters - PHOTOS & VIDEOS - Irish Central
Google News - almost 6 years
In Planxty, Brady played with such Irish music greats as Andy Irvine, Liam O'Flynn, Donal Lunny, and Christy Moore. "Welcome Here Kind Stranger" was the first solo record released by Brady in 1978 and was awarded Melody Maker Folk Album of the Year
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DANCE: kicking their brains out in Riverdance - Gig City
Google News - almost 6 years
It originated in the early '80s with in an Irish folk band featuring songwriters Bill Whelan and Donal Lunny. It added more dancers and became a success on TV. One of the dancers, one Michael Flatley, became so good that he crowned himself Lord of the
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Arts, Briefly
NYTimes - almost 11 years
The Many Faces of Shakespeare: Is This One Really His? Is a death mask found in a ragpicker's shop in 1842 that of William Shakespeare? This coming Saturday's issue of the British weekly New Scientist says the mask, left, bearing the date 1616 and the high forehead, prominent nose and beard associated with Shakespeare, could be, Agence
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dónal Lunny
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 67
    On Tuesday, 27 January 2015, Lunny's latest musical association performed at Celtic Connections 2015 in Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details Called 'Usher's Island' (a reference to the Dublin quay), it had morphed from LAPD and comprises: Lunny, Irvine and Glackin, plus Michael McGoldrick (uilleann pipes, flute and whistle), and John Doyle (guitar). Lunny continues to contribute to contemporary music in Ireland, touring with many musicians, including Zoë Conway and Máirtín O'Connor.
  • 2012
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After a series of occasional concerts, LAPD disbanded and their last gig took place on Saturday 26 October 2013.
  • 2010
    Age 62
    He also invented an acoustic drum kit designed to solve the problem of a bass/percussion instrument in Irish traditional music. The process of building and developing the instrument was featured on his 2010–2011 RTÉ series Lorg Lunny.
    More Details Hide Details Solo albums With Christy Moore With Planxty With Andy Irvine and Paul Brady With Mozaik With the Bothy Band With Moving Hearts With other artists Guest appearances
    He also produced Jimmy MacCarthy's album entitled Hey-Ho Believe, which was released on 12 November 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Dónal Lunny has some claim to popularising the bouzouki in the Irish music sphere after being gifted an instrument by Andy Irvine, who had himself been introduced to it by Johnny Moynihan in the early days of Sweeney's Men. Lunny ordered a custom-built bouzouki from English luthier Peter Abnett, with a flat back instead of a traditional Greek rounded back. In 1981, he went one step further by creating an electric bouzouki.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 55
    During 2003–2005, Lunny was part of the reunited Planxty concert tour.
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  • 2001
    Age 53
    In 2001 Lunny collaborated with Frank Harte on the album My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte.
    More Details Hide Details He produced the album Human Child (2007) by Faeroese Eivør Pálsdóttir, which is published in two versions, one English and one Faeroese. As an arranger, he has worked for The Waterboys, Fairground Attraction and Eddi Reader. Journey (2000) is a retrospective album.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    He appeared at the 2000 Cambridge Folk Festival, and the album that commemorated it.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 46
    In 1994, he produced Irish Australian singer/songwriter Mairéid Sullivan's first recording, Dancer.
    More Details Hide Details He pushed new boundaries with his band Coolfin (1998) which included uilleann piper John McSherry.
  • 1989
    Age 41
    In 1989, he contributed synthesizer on Mary Black's breakthrough album No Frontiers.
    More Details Hide Details He was the producer and music director of the soundtrack of Bringing It All Back Home, a BBC television documentary series charting the influence of Irish music throughout the world. He produced albums for Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O'Connor, Clannad, Maurice Lennon, Baaba Maal, and Five Guys Named Moe. He appeared on compilation albums - The Gathering (1981) and Common Ground (1996).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 37
    When Moving Hearts broke up in 1985, Lunny diversified and became a producer.
    More Details Hide Details He had already produced a 45-rpm single for Skid Row (featuring 17-year-old Gary Moore) and, in 1975, had produced the album A Silk Purse for electric folk band Spud, managed by Paul McGuinness. He was closely involved in the establishment of a new Irish record label: Mulligan Records (acquired in 2008 by Compass Records), and produced and played on many of its early releases, the first of which was from Pumpkinhead. He played on several Christy Moore albums, and was a producer & session musician on Kate Bush albums. He played bouzouki and bodhrán on Shaun Davey's Granuaile, and fiddle on Midnight Well's "Saw you running". He composed the soundtracks for a Turkish film, Teardrops, and the Irish film Eat the Peach. He also played on the soundtracks of the film This Is My Father and the TV program The River of Sound.
  • 1981
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following the example of the group Horslips, Moving Hearts combined Irish traditional music with rock and roll, and also added elements of jazz to their sound. The group disbanded in 1985. In February 2007, Moving Hearts reunited for a concert in Dublin. In 2008 and 2009, the group performed again in several concerts in Ireland and the United States. In 1987, Lunny recorded a solo album titled Dónal Lunny (Gael-Linn 1987), which included many guest musicians playing his music and arrangements. In 1998, he produced a similar group project album titled Coolfin. From 2002 onwards, Lunny and Andy Irvine founded a multicultural band called Mozaik, with Bruce Molsky, Nikola Parov, Rens van der Zalm. Mozaik have performed worldwide and recorded two albums to date.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 26
    Also in 1974, Lunny left Planxty to form The Bothy Band, playing guitar and bouzouki.
    More Details Hide Details The Bothy Band quickly became one of the prominent bands performing Irish traditional music. Their enthusiasm and musical virtuosity had a significant influence on the Irish traditional music movement that continued well after they disbanded in 1979.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hanly, Ó'Domhnaill, and Lunny were supported in the studio by O'Flynn on uilleann pipes and whistle, Matt Molloy on flute, Tommy Peoples on fiddle, and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill on harpsichord—players who would join Lunny in forming The Bothy Band.
  • 1971
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Their first professional performance took place in Slattery's, in early 1972. The band became a leading proponent of Irish traditional instrumental music.
  • 1970
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They also created their own club night, downstairs at Slattery's Pub in Capel Street, Dublin, which they called 'The Mug's Gig'. This featured Irvine and Lunny, and guest performers such as Ronnie Drew, Mellow Candle, and the group Supply, Demand & Curve. Clodagh Simonds, who co-founded Mellow Candle with Alison O'Donnell in 1963, recalls:
  • 1968
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a vocal harmony group, they had a number 1 hit in Ireland with the single "Mary from Dungloe", which had earlier been popularised in Dublin's folk clubs by Lunny and his Emmet Folk group partner Mick Moloney.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 17
    In 1965, Lunny had enrolled at Dublin's National College of Art & Design where he studied Basic Design and Graphic Design.
    More Details Hide Details He also developed an interest in metalwork leading him to become a skilled gold-and-silversmith, although he only practised the craft for a short time before devoting his energies fully to music. During his time in Dublin, he played in a band called The Parnell Folk, with Mick Mooloney, Sean Corcoran, Johnny Morrissey and Dan Maher. Later he formed the group Emmet Folk, which also included Mick Moloney and Brian Bolgor, and they started a club at 95 Harcourt Street called The 95 Club. "At that time, we'd reached the stage where we had our own repertoire and... developing our own identity rather than just singing everybody's songs. We were taken quite seriously."
  • 1963
    Age 15
    He attended secondary school at Newbridge College and, in 1963, joined the Patrician Brothers' school for the Intermediate Certificate year.
    More Details Hide Details As a teenager, Lunny joined an occasional trio called Rakes of Kildare, with his elder brother Frank and Christy Moore. They played mostly in pubs and were also booked for a couple of gigs, one at Hugh Neeson's pub in Newbridge for Easter Monday in 1966.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Dónal Lunny was born on 10 March 1947 in Tullamore.
    More Details Hide Details His father Frank was from Enniskillen and his mother, Mary Rogers, came from Ranafast in Donegal; they raised four boys and five girls. The family moved to Newbridge, County Kildare when Dónal was five years old.
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