Ómós do Billy Finn

Robbie Hannan, Shauna Mullin, Damien McGeehan, Dáire Gallagher and Caoimhín Mac Aoidh.
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Saturday, November 21 @ 8pm
Abbey Arts & Cultural Centre
Ballyshannon
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Book Now: Limited Seating. Pre-Booking is Essential. T: 071 9851375.

Ómós do Billy Finn

Robbie Hannan, Shauna Mullin, Damien McGeehan, Dáire Gallagher and Caoimhín Mac Aoidh.

The late Billy Finn was a native of Kilkenny who spent much of his adult life as a secondary school teacher in Ballyshannon, where he was a founding member of the local Phil Rooney Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. An accomplished uilleann piper and flute player, his various sets of pipes and chanters have been generously loaned by his family to the Billy Finn Trust, whereby many young Donegal uilleann pipers are now learning to play.

Robbie Hannan is a highly regarded uilleann piper from Hollywood, County Down. Though closely influenced by the playing of Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy and Leo Rowsome, what stands out clearly in his astonishing playing is the influence of Donegal fiddlers, John and Mickey Doherty.

Songs will be provided by the tremendous Shauna Mullin, accompanied by her husband Damian McGeehan. A gifted singer in both Irish and English, she has toured throughout Europe and North America with the Dave Munnelly Band, as well as in a solo capacity.

Damien McGeehan is one of the finest young fiddle players in the Donegal style of his generation, a category in which the bar is extraordinarily high. One third of the band Fidil, this evening he will showcase for the first time, a specially curated presentation of material from his innovative 2019 solo recording, The Tin Fiddle. It promises to be a unique experience of fiddle playing, echoing Donegal’s distant musical past.

Talented young Ballyshannon fiddler Dáire Gallagher performs traditional tunes with strong connections to the older generations of Donegal masters. His duet with Caoimhín Mac Aoidh promises to explore that element of the tradition which demands tight playing from two like-minded performers.

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Limited seating. Pre-booking essential on 071 9851375

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