Noticed this wasn’t postedNew Song up on

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all enjoying your fiddle lessons. I was busy recently composing for a special commission for An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny. I curated a night of my own music with the help of friends and family and the highlight of the night was new music under the title Ré an…

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Ré an tSolais

Hello everyone, I’ve been really busy composing music for An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. This will be part of this year’s Letterkenny Trad Week 2021. I love composing new music and this time I have also composed a song for the suite. Ré an tSolais means the Time of Light and I am optimistic…

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Nollaig Shona…..Happy Christmas

IMG_0178 A chairde, friends, Buíochas ó chroí ar son bhur gcomhluadar agus tacaíocht i mbliana, chuidigh sibh uilig go mór liom fríd an dianghlasú.   How can I thank you for helping me during this year on this new venture of fiddle classes. You do not know how it helped me through this strange time,…

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Happy November

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh le fidil

A Chairde, Fáilte roimhe na fidléirí úra! Welcome all the new fiddlers! Looking for some guidance for my next recording of lessons which I hope to record soon. What tunes, that I might  know, would you like to learn? Should I put some pointers up about tone/bowing etc? I really want to make these lessons…

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Cork Folk Festival (watch full concert)

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Manus Lunny and Nia Ní Bheirn at Cork Folk Festival

It has been a strange time. Altan were supposed to play last Friday September 25th in Áislann Chill Chartha but because the Covid 19 numbers were going up and Dublin and Donegal having the highest incidence of cases we and the committee decided to postpone this concert until it is safer to have it. Next…

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Masterclasses at Philadelphia Ceili Group Festival this weekend & Altan Live!

Altan Live - Áislann Chill Chartha

I have been kindly invited to teach two master-classes this Saturday, September 12th, for the wonderful Philadelphia Ceili Group Festival. I’ll be teaching songs in the Irish language, phonetically and also teaching a fiddle master-class. You can find more information or register at Please let your friends know! I’m also so excited that Altan…

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New lesson – ‘Cáilín na Gruaige Doinne’

Hello friends, As we are now getting into the Autumn months and back to school, I’ve decided to post a beautiful slow-air (fonn mall) for you to learn called Cáilín na Gruaige Doinne. The title translates as The Girl with the Brown Hair. This is one of my late father’s favourite pieces and also my…

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Na Mooneys and SíFiddlers – live and TV sessions

SíFiddlers - Donegal fiddle music

I’ve been busy busy busy with my family band. Na Mooneys’ new pieces for the Earagail Arts Festival 2020 premiered last Sunday July 19th on their An Srutháin (Small streams) channel on Youtube. The compositions include a new song, Siúl i Suain (Walk in Slumber), written by my brother Gearóid and sister Anna. The rest…

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