Renowned Irish Folk singer Elenore Shanley and Ireland's leading classical guitarist John Feely will perform in Leghowney Hall on Saturday 6th October - part of this year’s Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival.
Eleanor Shanley possesses a voice as pure and lyrical as the first day she stepped in front of a microphone with De Danann in 1990. Eleanor is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs. She recorded two critically acclaimed albums with De Danann 'A Jacket of Batteries' and 'Half Set in Harlem' and also toured with them throughout Europe, Australia, China, Japan and the USA as well as taking part in several Irish tours.
Eleanor has worked with many great musicians through the years and recorded with The Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny, U2 and too many. Herself and Ronnie Drew formed a great musical partnership with her sweet tones and his unmistakable gravelly voice. They recorded two albums together, “A Couple More Years”, and “El Amor De Mi Vida”, which was recorded shortly before Ronnie died, Eleanor and Ronnie performed live together on many occasions, also.
John Feeley from Ballinasloe Co. Galway has appeared at such festivals as the Guitar Festival of Ireland, Bath International Guitar Festival, the Dundee International Guitar Festival, and the Wirral International Guitar Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with The American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Contempo Quartet. He performs regularly in duet with the flautist William Dowdall.
Feeley is an enthusiastic champion of contemporary Irish music and in this capacity has commissioned works from many of Ireland's leading composers including Seoirse Bodley, John Buckley, Jerome de Bromhead, Jane O'Leary, Brent Parker and Eric Sweeney. He also has a great interest in traditional Irish and Scottish music and in has recorded with The Chieftains and published his own arrangements of traditional melodies.
He has been described by The Washington Post as 'Ireland's leading classical guitarist' and by Michael Dervan in The Irish Times as "a trailblazer ... when it comes to the guitar and guitar-playing in Ireland".
This one- night- only show at Leghowney Hall will be the 3rd in an annual series following on from a hugely successful Donal Lunny, Zoe Conway and Màirtin O’Connor Concert in 2016 and wonderful Sean Keane Concert in 2017. Leghowney Autumn gig is one worth coming home for!
Doors open at 8pm with concert start at 8.30pm. Tickets priced at €20 will be available very soon at Paddy Wards Music Shop Donegal Town.
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