Ye Vagabonds to headline 2019 Saturday Concert

We are delighted to announce that critically acclaimed Irish folk duo Ye Vagabonds will be joining us to headline the Saturday night Concert at the 2019 Seamus Grant Weekend.

Ye Vagabonds are brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn. They grew up in rural Carlow but moved to Dublin in 2012 and became known on the traditional Irish, blues and folk scenes in the city, playing folk songs as well as their own original material. Their blend of harmonic folk music is influenced by traditional Irish and European music, American old time, and the music of the 1960s folk revival.

But thats not all! The Saturday night concert will also feature a performance by  Maggie McGuire and friends.

Maggie Mcguire with her family and Ronan Warnock

Please check back closer to the event for exact times and locations.

Roisin McGrory and Clodagh Warnock to kick off 2019 Seamus Grant Weekend

Roisin McGrory Clodagh Warnock

We are excited to announce that the Official Opening of the 2019 Seamus Grant Weekend will feature special guests Rosin McGrory and Clodagh Warnock.

Roisin McGrory

Roisin Mc Grory (nee Harrigan) is from Inishowen Co.Donegal. Growing up in Inishowen, she was exposed to the rich culture of music and in particular to the great fiddle playing of Dinny Mc Laughlin. With her brothers Paul Harrigan (piano accordion and uilleann pipes) and Damien Harrigan (fiddle) Roisin has performed at festivals and events throughout Ireland, Europe and America.

Before his death in 2005, Roisin played extensively with Seamus Grant and was instrumental in preserving Seamus’s musical legacy by producing a CD collection of his music.

Roisin McGrory playing with Seamus Grant and Tom Byrne

In September 2016 Roisin released her own debut  album The Brae Road.

Roisin, accompanied by her brother Paul

Read more at Roisin’s website

Clodagh Warnock

Clodagh is originally from Maghera in South Derry where at the age of 7 she began fiddle lessons with her Aunt- Ann O’Brien, and then later with Dennis Sweeney.
She is a founder member of the highly acclaimed band Deanta, playing fiddle, bouzouki and bodhran. Deanta were subsequently signed to the American Record Company- Green Linnet and produced 3 albums- “Deanta”- 1990.“Ready for the Storm”- 1994. “Whisper of a Secret”- 1997.

Clodagh Warnock with Deanta

The concert will all so feature a performance from talented local fiddle player Caoilinn Diver.

Caoilinn is a member of the Seamus Mac Giolla Bride branch and first began learning the fiddle with Roisin McGory.  Caoilinn has won many county and Ulster titles on the fiddle in both dance tunes and slow airs categories, both at under 18 level and Senior.  A few weeks ago Caoilinn achieved 2nd place at the All Ireland Senior Trios competition at the Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann in Drogheda.

Caoilinn will be accompanied on guitar by her father Brendan.

The Official Opening will also include performances from various local talent. Expect music, dancing and craic!


Ciaran Tourish, Kevin Doherty and James Delaney headline 2018 Saturday Night Concert

We are delighted to welcome the amazing talented trio of Ciaran Tourish (fiddle), Kevin Doherty(guitar/singer) and James Delaney(piano/keyboards) to headline our Saturday night concert. The concert kicks off 8pm in the Ballyliffen hotel on Saturday the 13th of October. Definitely not to be missed!

Ciaran Tourish and Kevin Doherty

Admission is €10. 

Ciaran Tourish

Ciarán Tourish, is singled out amid the hotbed of great traditional musicians in Donegal and that is no small accomplishment. Tourish grew up surrounded by the very best Irish traditional musicians, including fiddler Dinny McLaughlin, who came from his hometown of Buncrana. Young Ciarán’s upbringing provided him with plenty of chances to steep himself in Ireland’s true music tradition. Dinny McLaughlin began teaching him the fiddle at a very young age, wooing his protégé away from an early start on the whistle, and grounding him in a mastery which led him to play on the International stages around the world today.

Tourish, who continues to play whistle as a second instrument, is now recognized as one of the premier contemporary Irish fiddlers and a former member of one of Ireland ‘s most beloved super-groups. His quick ear and a love of harmony has led to him collaborate on several non-Altan (and non-Irish) music projects, with a wide range of musicians and singer, including Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Martin O’Connor, Dolores Keane, De Danann, and American musicians Jerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien.

Kevin Doherty

Kevin has been playing on the international stage for fifteen years. He developed his craft in his hometown of Buncrana, in County Donegal – reading voraciously, listening avidly and getting to play sessions with some of the best traditional musicians in the country. As a member of the Super-Group ‘Four Men and A Dog’, Kevin has toured the world constantly and recorded four albums – two in Ireland (‘shifting gravel’ and ‘maybe tonight’) and two in Woodstock, New York, (‘Dr A’s and Long Roads’) in the home of music legend Levon Helm of ‘The Band’. It was in that same studio, with the expert help of ‘The Band’ and ‘Mercury Rev’ producer Aaron Hurwitz, that Doherty recorded his first solo record ‘Strange Weather’. Levon Helm guested on drums and so did the late Rick Danko, who Kevin joined for many gigs on the East Coast of the states.

More recently Kevin has joined with pianist James Delaney to form a strong musical friendship which led to his recent album ,’SweetWater’ The album also featured the great Late Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, from WINGS

James Delaney

Also joining will be James Delaney. James was the keyboard player of choice for most discerning musicians and bands in Dublin’s Rock N Roll scene in the seventies and eighties. Bands like ‘Stagalee’, ‘Rob Strong & the Rockets’ and the ‘Red Peters Blues Band’ were quick to snap up such a precocious and exciting young talent – and his career and reputation has not slowed down ever since. Delaney remains the ‘go-to keyboard player’ for his individuality, creative flair, his great groove and intimate acquaintance with a wide range of musical styles ..all delivered with real panache and character. He has been described as ‘eccentric’ by music critics but they also say he one of the most exciting and creative keyboard players ever!