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Trad Music Stars to Perform for the Philippines

Dónal Clancy, Donnchadh Gough, members of Caladh Nua and sean-nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín will take to the stage in St Mary’s Church of Ireland this Saturday, 21 December, in a showcase of Irish traditional music.

The cream of Ireland’s trad talent will perform in a special fund-raising concert for the people of the Philippines impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Tickets for Feis for Philippines are priced at €15 and are on sale from Jitterbeans and David Walsh School Books in Dungarvan, online from Eventbrite, and on the door.

Those attending the concert will have the opportunity to hear tracks from folk music royalty Dónal Clancy’s new album. While “Songs of a Roving Blade” won’t be officially released until the new year, the record has already been described by Irish Music Magazine as “the goose-bump album of 2014”. Dónal returns home this week after a US Christmas tour with Danú.

The rest of the line-up for Saturday night is equally no stranger to rave reviews. Derek Morrissey, Colm Ó Caoimh and Paddy Tutty of Caladh Nua have been described by “The Irish Times” as “highly proficient”. Donnchadh Gough’s “distinctive slap tone style” on the bodhrán has been widely praised, to say nothing of his abilities on the uileann pipes. Nell Ní Chróinín has won several awards, including the title of TG4 Singer of the Year 2012.

Concert organiser, Maria Lynch, says the response to the gig has been “fantastic”. “People are really excited about hearing all these great musicians and singers on one stage, and particularly in a gorgeous venue like St Mary’s Church of Ireland. It looks set to be a night to remember,” said that DCU nursing student, who’s originally from Lemybrien, Co Waterford.

The response on social media has been very positive as well, with musical luminaires Liam Ó Maonlaí and Fiachna Ó Braonáin of Hothouse Flowers fame amongst the hundreds of people who like the Feis for Philippines Facebook page.

Feis for Philippines starts at 8pm on Saturday 21 December. Further information about the concert is available online at and on Twitter @feis4philippine. Tickets can be purchased online at (handling charge applies).

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