Dónal Lunny is popularly regarded as having being central to the renaissance of Irish Music over the last three decades. Since the seventies Dónal has had involvement with some of the most innovative bands to emerge from Ireland including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and more recently Mozaik. He has toured across the world, collaborating with musicians of many different cultures.
Dónal co-founded Mulligan Records and produced 17 albums for the label. Since then he has produced tracks for, and collaborated on albums with Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, Indigo Girls, Clannad, and Baaba Maal among others. He produced the internationally acclaimed album for EMI, ‘Common Ground’, featuring such artists as Bono, Neil and Tim Finn, and Elvis Costello. He also has appeared on the BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions alongside the likes of James Taylor, Eddi Reader, Diana Krall and others. Dónal was MD of the House Band on the “Céiliúradh” concert in the Royal Albert Hall, part of President Michael D. Higgins’ state visit to the UK.
Paddy Glackin, also a founding member of Bothy Band, is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading traditional fiddle players. A Dublin man proud of his strong links to County Donegal. His father, Tom Glackin was a notable fiddle player and instilled in Paddy a deep interest and love of the music of his native county-Donegal.
Paddy is also a noted commentator and lecturer on Irish music. He is in demand as a session player and a senior producer in RTÉ Radio. He has etched a reputation as one of our premier fiddlers, steely yet divinely delicate. He is Dublin born but adopted his father’s Donegal stylings and has taken a unique route from 1973 All-Ireland fiddle champion to the groundbreaking experimental-trad treasure Hidden Ground with Jolyon Jackson in 1980, not to mention performing with minimalist icon John Cage.