NIALL HANNA | DAMIAN MCKEE

NIALL HANNA | DAMIAN MCKEE

Thursday, 25 July 2024, 6.00pm

Niall Hanna and Damian McKee are performing and releasing their upcoming solo albums for the very first time at Belfast TradFest this July. Joining Niall and Damian are some of Ulster’s finest musicians including Liam Bradley (keys), Ciaran Hanna (whistles/concertina), Rachel McGarrity (fiddle/vocals), Chris McGlone (bodhrán) and Kieron Leonard (percussion).

County Tyrone native Niall Hanna burst on to the folk scene in late 2017 with his critically acclaimed debut album 'Autumn Winds' produced by Dónal O’Connor. The Loughshore native has since performed on stages across Europe, Australia and beyond and has developed a fine reputation as one of Ireland’s finest young traditional singers, picking up a TG4 Gradam Ceoil (Amhránaí na Bliana / Singer of the Year) award along the way. Drawing from a strong musical lineage which includes the Hanna & O’Neill families, Niall sings both traditional and original songs, complemented by his unique style of guitar playing.

His new release ‘The Roving Journeyman’ features five new self-penned songs, alongside six traditional songs. Alongside Niall's nylon string guitar-led arrangements, the songs are embellished with music from Ciaran Hanna, Rachel McGarrity and Damian McKee. Niall's newly composed songs are inspired by his home, also drawing on local history and stories of the land.

Hailing from Dunloy in rural Co. Antrim, Damian McKee has dedicated most of his life to playing and teaching Irish music. With a wealth of experience playing with Beoga for the past 22 years, and a desire to create new music, Damian is delighted to bring a collection of original material, Moyola Cottage, out into the world and performed for the first time at Belfast TradFest. Moyola Cottage is written from the heart and inspired by home, family and memories featuring tunes ranging from melodic slow pieces to moody marches and of course a plethora of reels, jigs and polkas, arranged with a bit of attitude.

Niall and Damian will come together for what is sure to be a wonderful evening of music and song.

Venue Information:

The Black Box is fully wheelchair accessible

Full bar available

All ages, U16’s to be accompanied by an adult

Venue Address:

18-22 Hill St,

Belfast

BT1 2LA

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Added by Belfast TradFest on 20 May 2024

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