An incredible night in Leghowney Hall

SLIDE SHOW: Musicians Dònal Lunny, Zoe Conway and Màirtìn O'Connor captivated a sold out audience for well over two hours

Michael Daly


Michael Daly

Last night the legendary Leghowney Hall played host to three of Ireland's most prestigious traditional musicians - Dònal Lunny, Màirtìn O'Connor and Zoe Conway who captivated a sold out audience for well over two hours.

Dónal Lunny needs no introduction, having made his name as a member of the hugely influential groups Planxty, Altan and Moving Hearts as well as working with the likes of  Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.

Máirtín O'Connor was one of the driving forces behind the Riverdance phenomenon as well as his work with De Dannan, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Mark Knopflers.

Fiddle player and singer Zoë Conway who has strong Malinbeg and Glencolmncille connections is an amazing talent equally at home playing Latin jazz with Rodrigo y Gabriella or touring the world with Riverdance

The band were supported on the night by the Donegal Town/Bundoran Bluegrass Band Erdini who also put in a storming performance - no doubt we will be seeing and hearing much more of them.

After the show and recounting various shared memories of the early days in Dublin and some of the great local characters at Newbridge College, Donal told the Democrat, “This has been a totally great night - you wouldn’t get it in Carnegie Hall - good strong tea, fresh scones and jam and the best treacle and ginger bread in the country. Sure where would you get it?

This morning Donal went back to school for a while when he dropped up to Geraldine Diver at the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal to meet with some of the students.

See Monday's Donegal Democrat/Donegal People's Press.