BBC Northern Ireland celebrates St Patrick’s Day with Daniel O’Donnell and guests

We had a wonderful time in Armagh recording the concert, and I loved the chance to join some of my guests for special performancesDaniel O'Donnell
Date: 13.03.2019     Last updated: 14.03.2019 at 15.41
On St Patrick’s Day, join Daniel O’Donnell as he hosts a special concert recorded at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh.

Ceiliúradh na Féile Pádraig (BBC Two Northern Ireland, Sunday 17 March, 9pm) will bring viewers a stellar cast of singers, dancers, musicians and musical traditions.

Daniel will be joined by Clancy, Holden and Dunphy, Seán Keane, The Armagh Pipers Club, Ríoghnach Connolly, Colin Foley, Fusion Trio, Extreme Rythmn, Lemoncello Celticanto, the Dundalk Institute of Technology Choir and Irish dancers from The Rooney, O’Malley, Maguire School, for an hour of music and chat.

The Donegal man will also join his guests for special performances of Mo Dhún na nGall, Grace and Fare Thee Well.

Produced by Big Mountain Productions, Ceiliúradh na Féile Pádraig is a BBC Northern Ireland co-commission with TG4, supported by Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund.

Daniel says: “We had a wonderful time in Armagh recording the concert, and I loved the chance to join some of my guests for special performances. I’ve met Seán Keane, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy and Finbarr Clancy before, so it was really nice to meet up with them again, and it was a real treat to get to know the other acts and see such an array of new talent.

“I really enjoyed meeting and watching the Irish dancers, but no, I didn’t join them for a number! My wife Majella and I will actually be abroad on St Patrick’s Day, but I’m looking forward to watching the concert on the iPlayer when we get home.”

About the Ceiliúradh na Féile Pádraig performers:

  • Seán Keane. Known for his distinctive sean-nós-style voice, the Irish singer and musician - together with Frances Black and others - was a founder member of the group Arcady. His musical voice is unique and his songs encompass a mixture of traditional Irish folk music, pop, blues, and country. Seán embarked on a solo career in 1993, and has since released 11 solo albums and collaborated on five others.
  • Clancy, Holden and Dunphy. Formerly known as The High Kings, this Irish folk group formed in Dublin in 2008. The group is famous for charting a new course for Irish ballad music, equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful.
  • Armagh Pipers Club has been teaching traditional music since 1966. The Club is unique in the sense that it doesn’t prepare learners for competitions, rather giving them the confidence and skills to empower them to do so themselves.
  • Ríoghnach Connolly. The Armagh-born singer and flautist, now based in Manchester, got her early musical education at The Armagh Pipers Club. Although strongly rooted in the trad sean-nós background, Ríoghnach Connolly also stirs elements of Appalachia, Blues and Jazz into the folk archive cooking pot.
  • Lemoncello. Laura Quirke (vocals, guitar) and Claire Kinsella (cello, vocals) started performing together while studying music and languages in Maynooth University. Harmonious vocal melodies simply accompanied by cello and guitar, lend a rootsy sound.
  • Celticanto. Formed in Brussels in 2013, Celticanto is a three-piece a capella group that specialises in unique arrangements of Irish music performed in the operatic bel canto style.
  • Colin Foley. The singer-songwriter is based in Cork.