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Diarmaid & Donncha Moynihan

The two brothers from Cork are widely acknowledged as two of Ireland’s finest musicians. They first teamed up in 1996 when they founded, Calico, a ground breaking traditional band, who released two award-winning albums, Celanova Square and Songdogs. The band were one of the most influential ensembles to come out of Ireland and they toured throughout Europe and the USA appearing at many of the major folk festivals. Diarmaid Moynihan is regarded as one of Ireland’s most creative uilleann pipers and composers. His music has been recorded by some of traditional music’s greatest musicians including: Lúnasa, Flook, Michael McGoldrick, Spiritu 986, Gráda, Kathryn Tickell and Kris Drever. He has appeared in concert and recorded with Bristol based jazz quintet Carmina, Donal Lunny, Breton legend, Alain Stivell and many others.

Donncha Moynihan is a Cork based guitarist and recording engineer. He has toured extensively with various traditional Irish bands worldwide including Lunasa, At The Racket, Bavan, Alan Kelly and The Red Hat Band. His guitar playing has featured on many traditional recordings and he has engineered and mixed a wide range of both traditional and contemporary albums.

Their new album, The Lights of Ranzanico, is a collection of original pieces fused with Irish and European melodies and features Galician gaita maestro Anxo Lorenzo, British jazz drumming legend Nic France and top class Irish traditional musicians. It is due for release in late 2009.

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