Archive: IMBOLC 2022

Alannah Thornburgh
County Mayo native, Alannah Thornburgh, is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer with a focus on traditional Irish harp. Alannah’s music explores her family’s musical heritage, reimagining ancient airs and tunes from the Irish harping and American Appalachian and Jazz traditions. This cross-genre interaction and juxtaposition of old melodies with contemporary harmonies and technique, carries through her original compositions, creating an innovative style described as ‘mind-blowing magic’ by The Bluegrass Situation.

Acclaimed Irish musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh have joined forces to create one of traditional music’s most impressive acts. The pair’s spirited music and dance is rooted in tradition; through fiddle, concertina and dance, Caitlín and Ciarán combine their arts masterfully, bringing chemistry and energy to performances that set the stage alight.
Caitlín and Ciarán have a connection as deep as the Irish folk traditions they hail from. Their music is a joyful unleashing of talents learnt around the hearths of their parents, family and friends. Ciarán’s fiddle is complemented by Caitlín’s concertina and dance, her footsteps expertly tapping out the rhythms and elevating the duo’s musical excellence.
Their 2015 debut CD release Caitlín & Ciarán received a 4 star review in The Irish Times.