Dermot Byrne, Éamonn Coyne and John Doyle have recently completed an album called Liag (released 28/06/2019) of lesser known local traditional music and song of South West Donegal, relating how meeting there in the late 80’s at small village festivals has been a cornerstone of their disparate journeys in musically varied careers.
This music remains a basis of their musical journeys, from playing together at small village festivals in Carrick, Kilcar and Glencolmcille, to their present careers as professional musicians living in Ireland, Scotland and America respectively, but working worldwide. The music and song is that which is known in the area but with special emphasis on less common repertoire. The album showcases the special connection they have with the area and its music, and how it remains a source of inspiration to them.
On 20 Nov in glór, they share this heritage with music lovers in Clare.
Dermot Byrne (button accordion and melodeon) was born into the heart of the music of South West Donegal as his father is from Teileann, outside Carrick. He played from a very young age and consequently has an in-depth knowledge of the music of the area.
Éamonn Coyne (banjo, tenor guitar) originally from Roscommon but brought up in Dublin, and now living in Edinburgh for 22 years, spent many summer holidays in Mucross, just outside Kilcar. This was before he ever played the banjo. Being invited back to play at festivals in the area made him aware of a musical heritage he had never known existed.
John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) – originally from Dublin but now living in Ashville, North Carolina, USA, spent many holidays in Carrick, because of his late uncle, Donal Ward, a keen music enthusiast from the that area.