St Brigid’s Day Celebration
A Celtic music extravaganza of Ireland and the UK’s finest female musicians!
The London Lasses, The Friel Sisters, plus Speical Guests Mairéad Ni Mhoanaigh & Nia Byrne
To celebrate St Brigid’s Day The Irish Cultural Centre present some of the UK & Ireland’s finest female traditional musicians and vocalists. The London Lasses and the Friel Sisters will be joined by special guests Mairéad Ni Mhoanaigh and Nia Byrne for an evening for craic agus ceol!
More information on Mairéad & Nia:
Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is renowned as one of the leading exponents of Donegal fiddle music and likes to promote the music which she has inherited from her late father Francie, whenever possible. She is a founding member of Cairdeas na bhFidléirí, which was set up 25 years ago to preserve and facilitate the development of the Donegal fiddling tradition for future generations.
Nia Byrne, daughter of Mairéad, will make a rare appearance in the UK for the St Brigid’s Celebration.
More information on the Freil Sisters:
The Friel Sisters, Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born and brought up in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht. They play a mixture of music interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family repertoire. Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes.
More on information on The London Lasses:
Over the past nineteen years The London Lasses have brought their music to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Glastonbury, Dublin City Hall, Temple Bar Trad Festival, Cork Folk Festival, Philadelphia Irish Festival, Lord Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Festival at Trafalgar Square and the Royal Albert Hall, where they performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí as part of the 2008 season and supported The Chieftains on their 50th Anniversary tour. They have been included on the ‘Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk’ double CD, released by ARC Music. TV and Radio appearances have included TG4’s ‘Hup’ and ‘Geantraí’, BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, BBC Radio Oxford, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Clare FM and more.