Sunflower Folk Club: Dàibhidh Stiùbhard and Miadhachlughain O'Donnell @ Belfast TradFest 2022

Sunflower Folk Club: Dàibhidh Stiùbhard and Miadhachlughain O'Donnell @ Belfast TradFest 2022

Thursday, 28 July 2022, 7.30pm

Dàibhidh Stiùbhard is a singer, hailing originally from “a place with no name” (where there’s not even a road sign!) – Tullywiggan in Co. Tyrone. He’s regarded as a traditional singer, but even this ready tag turns out to be something of a conundrum, if not a contradiction in terms, since, as he candidly admits on the liner notes of his debut album: “I was not born into or brought up with the tradition. I came from a Church Of Ireland background, yet traditional music did creep into my childhood. As I grew older, I slowly reclaimed the right to own my native culture and language… and yet at times, I feel like An Sionnach Dubh (The Black Fox). A strange little creature outside the norm, finding my way through the vast rich realm of songs native to these islands.”

Miadhachlughain O'Donnell is a brilliant young flute player and traditional singer from Castlewellan Co. Down. Growing up steeped in and surrounded by traditional music, it is no coincidence that she is blossoming into a consummate and charismatic performer. Her mother Tiona McSherry was the lead singer in the highly acclaimed 90’s band Tamalin and her uncle John McSherry is regarded as one of the finest Uilleann pipers of all time, and has variously been a member of Dónal Lunny’s Coolfin, Lúnasa, At First Light, Ulaid and The Olllam.

We’re excited to see what these two brilliant emerging artists have in store for us tonight.

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