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!

2018 Special Guests Seamus Gibson & Dermot Toland

We are delighted to announce that special guest for 2018 will be fiddle player Seamus Gibson and guitarist Dermot Toland.

Seamus and Dermot, will be the headline act for our 2018 Opening  Concert on Friday 12th of October in the Market House.

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Fiddle player Seamus Gibson

Seamus Gibson

Seamus Gibson was born into the rich musical tradition around St.Johnston, Co Donegal. The music of the area had strong links to the Scottish fiddle tradition and also had a great pipe band history which added to the style and repertoire of the area. Seamus would have heard the same tunes, styles and songs as his uncle Tommy Peoples, who sadly passed away in August this year. The music of his father and many others shaped Seamus in his playing, but the area also had a great tradition of composing new tunes. Seamus is a master of the tradition that was shared with Inishowen and it is clear to hear the style and tunes that Seamus Grant would have played in this guest for our 2018 weekend.

Dermot Toland

Dermot Toland has strong connections with Clonmany but now lives in Gortahork. He has accompanied Seamus Gibson on guitar for many years and has a distinct style which is rooted in understanding the tunes and the influences on the player he is backing. He will also give an advanced guitar class on accompaniment for traditional music and/or a method of learning and playing tunes on guitar.




Rab Cherry

Rab is one of Ireland’s foremost fiddle makers and restorers and he will be in the Market house, Clonmany on Saturday 14th October.

If you have an old fiddle lying around your house you can bring it along and Rab will assess it for you. He will also be giving a talk about fiddles so don’t miss this great opportunity which is all free on the day.

Fiddle assessment 3.30pm-4.30pm

Fiddle talk    4.30pm-5.30pm

Special guest 2017 Paddy McMenamin

We are delighted to announce that our guest musician for the 2017 Seamus Grant Weekend is renowned Glenfin fiddle player Paddy McMenamin.

The part-time farmer from the Glenfin Gaeltacht is a self taught fiddler who as a child picked up his tunes from musicians who called to his house and from his Father Paddy ‘Neil’ an accordion and fiddle player and his Mother Rose Anne, a singer who also played the Jew’s harp.

Paddy launched his debut album in 2016
‘Paddy McMenamin and Friends’.

This is a live CD which showcases the unique style of Paddy’s musical talent.