2017 Programme / Rita Gallagher, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Friends


Rita Gallagher, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Friends

A special night of traditional song and music


Date: Thursday October 05
Venue: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey
Time: 8pm / Cost: €10/€8

A special night of traditional song and music, celebrating Donegal’s fabulous double win at this year’s Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Music Awards, with longtime Crossroads resident and Frosses native Rita Gallagher who received the Amhránaí na Bliana/ Traditional Singer of the Year award and Gaoth Dobhair singer, musician and Altan founding member, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, who won the overall Gradam Ceoil/Traditional Musician of the Year award.

Rita Gallagher got involved in traditional singing in English in the late 1970’s, when she competed at Fleadhanna for several years. She toured Britian and the USA with Comhaltas in the early 1980’s. She cites one of her main influences as the late, great, Paddy Tunney, and is a huge fan of Dolores Keane. She has recorded three albums, Easter Snow in 1997, The May Morning Dew in 2010, and most recently, The Heathery Hills in 2016. Rita was awarded the Gradam na Fleidhe Nua in May, and most recently the honour of Ceannródaí (Bardic Award) from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, in Ennis, in August.

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is hugely respected a traditional singer and musician from Gaoth Dobhair and a founding member of Ireland’s foremost traditional band, Altan. She has a great store of songs as Gaeilge from the Donegal Gaeltacht and her fiddle playing owes much to the influence of her late father Prionsias Ó Maonaigh as well as to that of many others among the greats of Donegal fiddle playing, including John Doherty, Con Cassidy, the Campbells, Neilidh Boyle, James Byrne and Danny Meehan.

Mairéad has also established a strong solo career in recent years, releasing a debut CD, Imeall, in 2009 Last year she formed a very successful family band, Na Mooney’s, with her brother Gearóid, sister Anna, daughter Nia and nephew Ciarán.

Booking Details

Tickets for this event are available from The Balor Arts Centre, Balybofey.

Tel: 074 91 31840

For all Festival events, tickets will be available for purchase at the venue on the evening of the performance. To avoid disappointment, however, please plan arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the advertised showtime.

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