Donal Lunny and Mick Hanly
Two giants of the Irish traditional music scene will play together at the atmospheric St David's Church in Naas this Friday night, November 18.
The careers of songwriter Mick Hanly and multi-instrumentalist Donal Lunny have intertwined many times over the last 45 years, and now the two are performing as a musical duo.
Both have honed their musical skills to perfection and play with a freshness and enthusiasm that belies their years on the road.
In the 70s Lunny produced Hanly’s two folk albums, the much loved Kiss In The Morning Early and As I Went Over Blackwater. After his departure from the ground breaking Planxty, Lunny went on to found and front the hugely influential Bothy Band.
After some years on the continent with Andy Irvine, Hanly decided to go it alone and explore a more contemporary song writing style.
However, their paths crossed again when Hanly took over from Christy Moore as vocalist in Moving Hearts. After 14months with the band he quit to concentrate on song writing. The Hearts went on to record the magnificent instrumental album The Storm, which contained Lunny’s beautiful composition tribute to Peadair O’Donnell.
Lunny also founded Coolfin and continued to produce and play on a variety projects too numerous to mention.
Meanwhile, Hanly clocked a huge success in the US with Past The Point Of Rescue. Recorded by Hal Ketchum, it picked up a third BMI award in 2002 for two million plays on American radio.
His songs were also recorded by the likes of Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Ronnie Drew, Delbert McClinton, etc.
When recording his latest album, Homeland, Hanly again called on Lunny to add his unique sound to four of the tracks.
The duo perform this Friday, November 18, at 8pm in St David's Church.
Tickets at €20 are available at www.collectivesounds.ie.