Donal Lunny talks about university life in Limerick …
By Mac Entee
The Bothy Band was a good idea waiting to happen. Around 1970, flute player Matt Molloy, fiddler Tommy Peoples, piper Peter Browne and singer Triona Ní Dhomhnaill had been performing in a group called 1691 along with singer Liam Weldon.
Piper Paddy Keenan had been playing around Dublin with singers Micheal and Triona Ni [...]
In the mid-1960s, Donal Lunny and Brian Bolger had been singing together in a group called The Emmet Folk Group with banjo player Mick Moloney.
The name Emmet Spiceland came about when they teamed up with Michael and Brian Byrne from Sheffield’s Spiceland Folk shortly before winning the Wexford Ballad contest in 1967. (In the previous [...]
Planxty could be described as Sweeneys Men with hindsight and uilleann pipes. In 1970 Christy Moore returned from the British folk circuit and assembled a group of musicians to record his second album Prosperous.They were an old schoolmate Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine who had been in Sweeneys Men, piper Liam Og O Floinn and [...]