Zoe John Donal Lunny Martin OConnor
Fiddle player Zoë Conway is an awesome talent equally at home playing and singing with Rodrigo y Gabriella, Lisa Hannigan, as a guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, performing with Lou Reed and Nick Cave, or touring the world with Riverdance. However, traditional Irish music remains close to her heart, witnessed in her highly-acclaimed solo albums.
Guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny needs no introduction, having made his name as a member of the hugely influential groups Planxty, The Bothy Band, Altan and Moving Hearts. A gifted composer, arranger and producer, Lunny has also worked with rock and pop musicians such as Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.
The consummate button box player, Máirtín O’Connor was part of the original Riverdance phenomenon. Add to that his work with bands such as De Dannan, Midnight Well and Skylark, his reputation as a composer and solo artist, and recording sessions with Elvis Costello and Mark Knopfler, and it’s easy to see why O’Connor is regarded in the folk firmament as something of a national treasure.
Liam Ó Maonlaí
Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of the most talented, charismatic and soulful performers of Irish traditional music today. But his musical prowess goes beyond his own cultural roots as he blends an eclectic mix of folk, blues, gospel, soul, rock, and more with his amazing vocals and an array of instrumental mastery from piano to flute, harmonica to bodhran.
Since first bursting onto the scene in the 1980’s with his band Hothouse Flowers, Liam has captured the attention of audiences, critics and musicians alike. According to “Rolling Stone Magazine” Bono noted the ensemble were the “best unsigned band on the planet.” It is no wonder that Liam remains a “musician’s musician” and no surprise he has performed alongside the best of them. As a solo performer as well as frontman of Hothouse Flowers, Liam continues to wow audiences worldwide reinventing himself with each performance.
McEvoy has been playing music since she was four, and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with an Honours degree in music. The musician has long been an integral part of the Irish scene. Her song with Mary Black, ‘Only a Woman’s Heart,’ is part of one of the best-selling albums in Irish history (A Woman’s Heart). One year after its release, McEvoy shared her self-titled debut album, Eleanor McEvoy, in 1993.