FIDIL at Dunamaise Arts Centre


11 March 2009
8:00 PM
Dunamaise Arts Centre
Church Street
Co. Laois
Lorraine O'Callaghan
(057) 866 3355
View FIDIL at Dunamaise Arts Centre Website

Dunamaise Arts Centre is delighted to present a very special offer for members of Laois Comhaltas for a magnificent show by the group FIDIL, presented by Music Network, which will take place on Wednesday, March 11th at 8pm. FIDIL are Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan who were awarded a place in 2008 on Young Musicwide, Music Network’s development programme for selected young professional musicians. The talents of this group are exceptional and the Dunamaise Arts Centre whole-heartedly recommends that music lovers and fiddle enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy this show.

Tickets are normally €14/€10 however, Dunamaise Arts Centre can offer Comhaltas members 2 tickets for the price of 1 for this show.

Groups are more than welcome and can avail of the concession price, as well at the 2 for 1 offer!

About Fidil

FIDIL are rapidly forging a reputation for exhilarating and challenging music that draws on the rich heritage of their native place. Their music making is marked by an intricate and intelligent approach that still manages to maintain the element of fiery exhuberance that is the hallmark of traditional fiddle music from Donegal. This is traditional music for the 21st century-mindful of its origins but breathtakingly exciting in its ambition and delivery. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh & Aidan O’Donnell’s album – “fidil’, which was the genesis of the group, was released in June 2008 to critical acclaim and was described as “One of the most challanging and beautifully austere albums of the last fifty years.’ (Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine). In that same month they had a full program of “The Full Set’ dedicated to them on RTÉ 1 television.

From Dunkineely, Co.Donegal, Aidan O’Donnell has been described as one of the finest young Irish musicians at present. He began his music making at the age of 12, and since then has performed with some of traditional music’s finest artists, including Donal Lunny, Micheal Ó’ Suilleabháin and the Chieftains. In 2007, he won the prestigious ‘Oireachtas na Geailge’ fiddle title, and has been a regular tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick for the past number of years. He released his critically acclaimed debut album in 2006, with Mayo flute player Kieran Munnelly, called ‘In Safe Hands’, which has been described as ‘a salute to the players who have gone before’ (Matt Molloy, The Chieftains). “Aidan’s incredible technical ability combined with his deep love of the music of his ancestors will see him become one of the most influential Donegal fiddle players of this generation.’ (Siobhán Peoples)

TG4 young musician of the Year 2003, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. He was heavily influenced by his extended family when growing up including his teacher Francie Mooney, Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Derry fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin as well as the Donegal fiddle legend John Doherty amongst others. Ciarán, a 3 time Oireachtas fiddle champion, released his first album Ceol a’Ghleanna/The Music of the Glen (SPINCD1008) on the Claddagh Records label in 2004 and he has also produced numerous music documentarys for Irish TV stations RTÉ & TG4.

Damien McGeehan began playing Irish traditional music at the age of seven. Citing the Donegal style of fiddling as his main influence, hé has toured Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, Australia and Scandanavia. He has made numerous appearances on national/international television and radio and has performed alongside acts such as The Chieftains, Niall Keegan, Michael O’ Suilleabháin, Frankie Gavin, Eileen Ivers and The World Youth Chamber Orchestra to name but a few. Damien has studied at the R.S.A.M.D. (Glasgow) and has recently achieved a BA in Irish Music at The Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick.

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