Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Manus Lunny & Nia Ní Bheirn

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Manus Lunny & Nia Ní Bheirn

Saturday, 30 April 2022, 8.30pm

Stiúideo Cuan are delighted to open our new live music venue in An Spidéal, Co Galway with a season of fortnightly concerts by leading traditional musicians.

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s name is synonymous with what’s good in the music and culture of her native County Donegal, Ireland. Born in the Gaeltacht area of Gaoth Dobhair, where Gaeilge was her main language, she learned her songs and tunes from her family and neighbours.

Mairead was awarded the top recognition in traditional Irish music, by her fellow peers in 2018, when she was awarded TG4 Gradam Ceoil’s Traditional Musician of the Year.

In 2009 Mairéad released her first solo album, ‘Imeall” (Edge/Theshold) as a limited edition. After many years of playing with Altan and numerous requests for a solo recording she finally got time to record the album, after she parted from her second husband Dermot Byrne, with whom she had her daughter Nia. She toured the album, between Altan commitments with her co-producer and recording engineer, Manus Lunny.

The album prompted one reviewer, Paul O’Connor to remark “Her identified success as the leader of Altan, has dominated our sense of her to the point that we aren’t cognisant of how good she is as an artist , musician, composer in her own right.”

Starved of live music experiences for over 18 months, this exciting concert series provides a wonderful opportunity for local and national audiences to feed heart and soul with the best of traditional music, performed by some of the best musicians in the business in this wonderful new arts and music centre – Stiúideo Cuan. Our beautiful, architecturally-designed live room seats 65 so tickets are limited. Early booking advised. This concert series will be streamed live online.

Stiúideo Cuan is a flagship venue, recording studio & creative centre for the traditional and contemporary arts in An Spidéal, Conamara. Our newly-refurbished facility with full bar and intimate live room overlooking Galway Bay is set to restore the reputation of An Spidéal as a Mecca for traditional music.

Bígí linn don oíche speisialta ceoil agus amhránaíochta seo i seomra álainn ceoil Stiúideo Cuan.

Curtha i láthair le cúnamh ón gComhairle Ealaíon & Ealaín na Gaeltachta.

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Published by Journal of Music on 17 April 2022

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