Nano Nagle Chapel, 8pm, Sunday June 2nd, 2019
Tickets on Sale in May 2019
€15 from The Heritage Centre, Main Street Carrick-on-Suir, Tel: 051 640 200
Originally formed in 1976, Sionnach has returned with five of the South East’s finest traditional musicians coming together to perform a spellbinding concert of Irish traditional music in the beautiful Nano Nagle Chapel.
Featuring Martin Murray, (Fiddle, Mandola), Tommy Keane, (Uillean Pipes, Whistles), Gerry Madden, (Mandolin), Paul Grant, (Guitar), and Mick Forristal (Vocals, Bodhran).
Sionnach – A Brief History
A new South East based traditional group formed in late 1976 when five local musicians came together and called themselves ‘Sionnach’. Gerry Madden, Paul Grant, Mick Forristal, Martin Murray and Tommy Keane had been playing sessions together in the Waterford and South Kilkenny area for a few years. They were inspired by the many pioneering bands founded in the 1970s that had gained international acclaim for their interpretation of traditional music. The Chieftans, Planxty, Clannad and The Bothy Band had inspired a whole new generation of listeners to appreciate the treasures of Irish folk music.
Sionnach were formed and played regularly in Waterford City and County and South Kilkenny, and in 1977 they qualified for the All Ireland Folk and Ballad Competition in Dublin. Sionnach came second in the traditional group category, and Mick Forristal carried off the laurels in the solo singing category to great acclaim from the adjudicators.