“A seminal figure in Irish music”

-The Rough Guide to Irish Music

Scéala an Gheimhridh

Greetings! Even though it is now theoretically spring in Ireland, it is definitely still winter in Minnesota. I’m off in a few weeks with Altan for our regular North American tour — starting in Canada this time for a few concerts. Our new CD “The Gap of Dreams” will be out for the tour, and we’re very happy with it. We recorded it in November in Donegal and everything came together beautifully with great songs and tunes, old and new, and Mairéad’s daughter, Nia, and Mark’s son, Sam, playing compositions of theirs with us on a lively track. I particularly enjoyed doing some songs with Mairéad — she’s in fabulous form — and playing with Ciarán Curran on his featured selection. Another beloved group of mine, Trian (with Billy McComiskey and Liz Carroll), are playing three festivals sprinkled through the year — Baltimore Tradfest, Susquehanna Festival and Harvest Home in Saint Paul — you never know, there might be a few more! As always for the last ten years or so, I continue teaching lessons at the wonderful Center for Irish Music in Saint Paul. See you along the road! All the best, Dáithí