Zodomo’s Concert is Sponsored by Kieran Mallon QC.
“The title tells it like it is: In Full Sail – Faoi Lán Seol is a magical snapshot of three musicians flying fast and
high on the momentum they have conjured with apparent effortless ease.
Zoë Conway, Dónal Lunny and Máirtín O’Connor achieve the near impossible: capturing the energy of a live
performance in studio, fuelled by a heady (and deliciously unpredictable) mix of traditional and spikily
original tunes, along with a smattering of covers.
Conway strikes a lonesome tone on their gorgeous reading of Coinleach Ghlas An Fhómhair, and it’s a delight
to hear Lunny (long admired for his percussive genius) give free rein to his subtle melodic sensibilities.
O’Connor’s playing is a joy, his original compositions offering an Einsteinian facility to surprise and delight. A
richly diverse collection.” Irish Times
“Virtuoso – one of Ireland’s most gifted musicians.” The Irish Independent
“A burnished tone and a commanding technique.” The Washington Post
“Zoë Conway – the budding genius.” The Irish Times
“A masterclass in musicianship.” Irish Music Magazine
Journey is not merely a trawl through the ubiquitous Donal Lunny’s back pages but a compulsory purchase
potted summary of three decades of Irish trad and the company it’s been keeping. It’s a timely reminder that
this remarkable musical genius was a pivotal member of three of modern Irish trad’s most important outfits,
Planxty, Bothy Band and Moving Hearts, and has also worked alongside such local heroes as The Edge,
Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, the Ni Dhomhnalls, Frank Harte, Paul Moran and Liam O Maonlai. Not to
mention his contributions to the tv series Bringing It All Back Home, River Of Sound and Sult (all of whom
and which are featured). HOTPRESS
On rare occasions, one sees a concert so excellent that it becomes genuinely hard to come up with the
words to describe it. NEWTOWNBEE
The combination of Máirtín O’Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle), and Séamie O’Dowd (guitar) is
something of a supergroup of the Irish tradition, with between them connections to Riverdance and
legendary bands such as De Danaan, Dervish and Four Men And A Dog. These are possibly some of the finest
players that we’ll see at Cambridge this weekend, and given the quality of the other acts that’s quite a