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Cormac Breatnach


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The Donal Lunny Band
My first band which resulted in a recording was when I was a member of Donal Lunny’s Celtic Orchestra in 1985. We did one recording, that was for the PanCeltic TV (RTE) Programme. Out of this came The Donal Lunny Band in 1987.

This band was put together to take part in the O’Riada Retrospective in April, ’97 in the N.C.H. and it was also televised live. The album (22 mins.) was released under the Gael-Linn Label. Others who featured in the band were Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey (Coolfin), Manus Lunny (Capercaillie), Steve White, Sean Og Potts and Damien Quinn (Cian).

We took part in the Heffernan Brothers’; TV Series, The Session, that year when the Band was given a whole programme. Guests included singers Elvis Costello and Iarla O Lionaird, Matt Molly, Noel Eccles (Riverdance U.S.). The Band then disbanded.

I then set-up my own band in late ’87 to early ’90, called Méristem which featured Maire Breatnach, Niall O Callanain and Steve White. We issued one 4-Track recording. We were on various TV programmes of the time, The Late Late, Nighthawks, Live at 3, etc. We toured Finland twice and Estonia.

In 1983, another band was formed (with Niall O Callanain and Paul O’Driscoll) called, Deiseal (as in “special” !) which resulted in a two album deal with STARC Records. The band split-up after Alan Connaughton’s untimely death in May, ’96 (owner of STARC). Two albums were released: The Long Long Note (SCD 193) in June, ’93, launched by Minister for Arts, Culture & Gaeltacht, Michael D. Higgins, T.D.

“Deiseal’s debut CD, The Long Long Note is one of the most intriguing and innovative recordings to come out of Ireland in recent years…” (Irish Voice, U.S.)


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  • slap-jack

    Lyrical stuff simply blows my mind out! "Cotton Grass Flower", "Down by the Glenside"...

    9 May 2011 Reply

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