TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2022

May 19, 2022

Skara Brae was awarded the first-ever TG4 Gradam Ceoil in the category of music group during the 2022 ceremony in Dublin. Their eponymous album was released on Gael Linn records 50 years ago, and a vinyl re-mastered release is due out in 2022. The 2022 Gradam Ceoil awardees were featured in a live concert broadcast on TG4 on April 17, 2022, where Skara Brae was joined by Tríona and Maighread’s brother Conal. A replay of the entire concert is available here.

Trian Reunion

April 23, 2017

Nothing tops playing great music with great friends, except maybe playing great music with those same great friends decades later.  Trian (Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, and Dáithí Sproule) reunited for concerts in Chicago and Milwaukee.  You can have a look and listen here.

Skara Brae US tour

October 31, 2013

Skara Brae (Tríona and Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Dáithí Sproule) reunited for its first-ever US tour in October of 2013, playing in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington.  While the music was rich and satisfying, it was poignant to work for the first time as a trio.  Mícheál, you were deeply missed.

Here’s a clip of Dónal Óg from the concert in Portland, OR.

Lost River CD Release Concert

August 15, 2011

lost-river-concert-posterLost River, Vol. 1 was launched at a very special concert on Monday, August 15, at The Celtic Junction in St. Paul, MN.

Guests who performed at the concert included:  Altan, Dean Magraw, Tom Schaefer, Danielle Enblom, Laura MacKenzie, Paddy O’Brien, and Peter Ostroushko.

Altan and the RTE Concert Orchestra

August 14, 2009

Altan & the RTE Concert Orchestra

Altan performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy, in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on August 14, 2009. The musical collaboration featured tunes and songs from the Altan repertoire, arranged for orchestra by Fiachra Trench. A few notables stopped by on stage to add to the excitement.

Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship

June 15, 2009

Archibald Bush Artist Fellowship Dinner

I am honored to have been awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Minnesota-based Archibald Bush Foundation in June, 2009. This remarkable foundation fosters the creativity of musicians, writers, storytellers, filmmakers and more, living in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. They certainly know how to celebrate, as well. These photos were taken at the reception for the 2009 Artist Fellows.

Sydney Opera House

January 14, 2006
Sydney Opera House

Photo by David Aronow

Altan came to the Sydney Festival for a single performance, playing to a packed crowd. Coincidentally, my old friend David Aronow had also travelled from Minnesota to Sydney, to visit his family. David captured the atmosphere before the concert. Many thanks to Fergus Linehan, and everyone at the festival, for inviting us out.

Gael Linn 50th Anniversary

April 26, 2004

Skara Brae at Gael Linn Anniversary

Skara Brae was invited to do a reunion set at this wonderful event honoring 50 years of Gael Linn. We were joined by Iarla Ó Lionaird, Peadar Ó Riada, Tony Mac Mahon, Steve Cooney, Josie Sheáin Jeaic MacDonnchadha, Altan, and Róisín Elsafty, Presenter of Féile Gael Linn. It was great to be a part of this celebratory line up at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

The Dolly Projects

July 10, 2000

Altan with DollyAltan had the privilege of working with Dolly Parton on several projects, including performing at Dollywood and recording with her on Little Sparrow (2001) and Heartsongs (1994).  Here’s a photo from the studio, while working on Little Sparrow.

Skara Brae Reunion Concert

December 27, 1997

In the late 1990s at Ionad Cois Locha, in Dunlewey, Co. Donegal, Dáithí and his old pal, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, exchange a hug backstage, while Maighread and Tríona look on, after the first Skara Brae concert in more than 25 years.

Skara Brae returned to the Ionad for another reunion, during the 2004/2005 Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy.  That reunion was filmed for a TG4 documentary.  Here’s a clip: