Cross Cultural Music, Song & Dance on the banks of the Bann.

Breaking Trad & Catherine Grimley

Dónal Murphy from Abbeyfeale, West Limerick, is a winner of numerous All-Ireland titles on both Button Accordion and Melodeon. He is one of the founder members of the renowned band ‘Four Men and a dog’, touring the world with them, playing at all the major festivals and releasing several highly successful albums along the way, as well as touring and recording with ‘Sliabh Notes’. He also had the opportunity to play alongside Michael Flatley for the premiere of ‘Feet of Flames’ in Hyde Park, London. He then released his long awaited debut solo album ‘Happy Hour’ in March 2009 which was also a big success. Dónal is one of the foremost and most dazzling exponents of the great style of music from Sliabh Luachra.

Niall Murphy from Camlough, South Armagh, plays both fiddle and piano. He won the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Competition in 2012 and has also achieved several silver medals at the All-Ireland. In addition he is the first person ever to have been awarded three back to back ‘Fiddler of Oriel’ titles (Junior 2009, Senior 2010/2011) and was also crowned ‘Fiddler Of Dooney’ in 2011. Niall has had the privilege of playing with such bands as The Chieftains, The Dubliners, The Mike McGoldrick Band, pianist Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, singer Maura O Connell, bluegrass legend Dan Tyminski, Alison Krauss and Union Station and has recorded and is currently touring with international folk starlet, Cara Dillon. He has also received a BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year Folk Award.

Killarney multi-instrumentalist, Mike Galvin has vast experience working in a wide range of musical styles. A former member of the New De Dannan, Mike has also worked with the Mike Mc Goldrick big band, Dolores Keane, Lumiere, Nuala Kennedy and Brian Kennedy among others. He is also involved in recording, production and music arrangement. His performing experience is extensive having been billed alongside The Rolling Stones at Slane Castle, performed for US Presidents and shared a stage with The Randy Travis Band in Nashville. He has toured worldwide attending all the major festivals. Mike’s innovatory approach to music and unique style of guitar playing has led to some very unorthodox and unique performances.


Hailing from Madden in County Armagh, Catherine Grimley is no stranger to Irish song and music having grown up with it from the tender age of eight. Over the years competing in Fleadhanna and Scór, Catherine has achieved numerous County and Ulster titles for her singing. Though a lover of all music genres Catherine's roots remain firmly in Folk Music, be it old or modern.
Catherine has been referred to by many as "The Madden Songbird" and more recently as "The Nightingale, the sweetest of all the singing birds" by MC John Makem at the Tommy Makem Festival of traditional song. It was on this night that Catherine received a ‘Scroll of Honour’ for her contribution to the promotion of the Irish Song Tradition. With a wonderful sweet and captivating tone that spellbinds her audience, there is no disputing that Catherine is a rare treasure to behold. 


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