Dónal Clancy is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists. He is the son of the world renowned singer Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and has since the death of his father focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive. His father gave him a guitar when he was eight and he started playing professionally from his early teens. A founder member of the group Danú, Dónal left to join a trio with his father Liam and cousin Robbie O'Connell. Their debut tour in 1996 took them across the US. He toured and recorded with Riverdance fiddler, Eileen Ivers and was a guest with The Chieftains on their Tears of Stone Tours in Japan and the US. He has also been a member of the Irish American super group Solas.
His 2006 solo guitar album Close To Home was dubbed"a sweet masterpiece of melodic grace and riveting groove" by The Boston Globe. In 2009 Dónal returned to live in Ireland with his wife Mary and their three children and in 2014, to much critical acclaim, he released Songs of a Roving Blade. The Irish Post awarded the album 5* calling it “folk singing at its best” and “a smashing album that should help to ensure these songs will never be lost”
Róisín is the daughter of folksinger Bobby Clancy of The Clancy Brothers. She is a Best Actor Award winner from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pasadena, Cal, USA. She is also a multi-linguist with an honours BA degree from UCD. She has toured all over Europe and the United States and has performed in other languages including German, French, Irish and Welsh. From the age of 12, Róisín appeared on stage with her father and sister, singing folksongs and reciting poetry. Later, she received rave reviews from the Boston Globe for her role as Mary in the play ‘Away Alone’ at the Boston Centre for the Arts. Together with her sister Aoife, Róisín toured the US performing at Celtic festivals -senator Ted Kennedy proclaimed that their harmonies would “melt pack ice”. Róisín was dubbed the ”next Fionnuala Flannagan” following her performance as Molly Bloom in a production of Ulysses at the Irish Arts Centre, Hollywood. Róisín and husband, Welsh actor and singer/songwriter Ryland Teifi and their three daughters now reside in An Rinn, Co Waterford.
- From a very early age, Evan was surrounded by music and took up the guitar when he was ten years old and has been constantly playing music since! After taking an interest in traditional Irish music from his early teens, Evan took up banjo, mandolin and bouzouki. Evan has played traditional music all over the world. He is currently involved in a number of projects which span an array of musical genres and styles and also has a background in theatre education. In 2010, his album with act Mendocino,’ The Steep Ravine’ was critically acclaimed. Evan is also a the director of Newfoundland the Band, a a traditional/contemporary collective who play a number of festivals and corporate events each year, both in Ireland and abroad) Measca (a traditional cover band currently playing in a large number of venues around Ireland as well as regular tours in Norway). Evan resides in Mulinahone, Co Tipperary with partner Tracy and son Baylea, currently studying music at the University of Limerick. "One of the meanest banjo players I've ever heard and an all round powerhouse of a musician". Cnapan Festival Director.
Ryland Teifi is a Welsh BAFTA winning actor, songwriter of the year winner and national winner for ballad singing. He has performed in theatres all over the world including The Abbey, Vancouver & Seattle Opera Houses and The West End. He has starred in numerous series on the BBC, S4C, ITV and TG4 and presented music programmes on television and radio, covering festivals like Lorient and Celtic Connections. He has recorded three albums and two EP’s as a songwriter. His last album, Last of the Old Men was given album of the fortnight in Hotpress. He has performed and worked with numerous artists such as Bobby and Liam Clancy, Ray Thomas (Moody Blues), Steve Earle, Catrin Finch, Finbarr Clancy, Bryn Terfel and Rodrigo y Gabriela. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA honours in Welsh Literature and Welsh History. Ryland also recently appeared in the BBC series Hinterland (shown in Ireland Europe, Australia and on American Netflix). He resides in An Rinn, Co. Waterford with wife Róisín and their three daughters.“Ryland Teifi has one of the most extraordinary voices on the planet. He draws you in and before you know it you’re hooked.”
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