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Clann Mhic Ruairí

‘Clann Mhic Ruairí’ is an Irish folk/trad band. A family group, made up of siblings Tony (singer), Aodh (singer/guitar), Sean (singer), Dónall (singer/percussion) and Tony’s daughter Megan (piano and singer). As a family they were raised on the Gaelic songs and stories of the ‘Rann na Feirste Gaeltacht’ in County Donegal, (Gaelic speaking area) in the North West corner of Ireland. Hearing their music gives the listener an insight into this rich culture which they continue to preserve. This corner of Ireland is the birth place of internationally acclaimed artists who have moulded the Irish traditional music scene since the 1970s. Clannad, Altan, Dónall Lunny and Skara Brae, to name but a few, have all blossomed in this area and Clann Mhic Ruairí have now taken up the torch in the hope of conserving and promoting this rich musical culture which lies at the core of their being. The members of Clann Mhic Ruairí are individual artists in their own right, each member having performed over the years on solo projects and with other artists and groups. Three years ago (2013) they decide to formally come together as Clann Mhic Ruairí and the preservation of the song tradition of ‘Rann na Feirste’ is foremost in their mind. Much of their repertoire are songs which were composed and sung in their locality for hundreds of years. They perform these traditional songs with a contemporary, innovative and inspirational approach, retaining the traditional purity and integrity of the song. Their inaugural CD, Súile contains an array of traditional songs along with newly composed material. The album was produced by the multi-talented producer/musician Dónall O’Connor (At First Light/Ulaid). In her review of Súile, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, (Skara Brae) said of this album: “What else would you say? Wonderful songs, old and new, and voices so beautiful from the musical, Clann Mhic Ruairí. Special”!

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