David Munnelly & Shane McGowan, Feat. Anne Brennan
Location: Westport Town Hall
Date: 29 - 29 Jul
Date: 29 - 29 Jul
Westport Town Hall Theatre are delighted to announce a live indoor seated music event with renowned traditional Irish musicians David Munnelly & Shane McGowan (Feat. Anne Brennan). Known on the music scene as "Duo McGowan-Munnelly" - the lads enjoy mixing traditional Irish music with their own influences and compositions and their concerts are nothing short of brilliant!
David Munnelly is from Belmullet, Co. Mayo, and was reared in a very musical home learning first hand from his grandmother who taught him a love of traditional music and in particular the love for accordion and melodeon music. Known for his colorful style, which inhales bold bass fingerings, complex arrangements and modern compositions; and exhales hints of the Roaring 20′s and the energy of a box of dynamite coupled with a masterful knack for letting a tune take its own time for a completely unmistakable and brilliant sound. This unique style led David into the world of professional musicianship where early in his career he became a full-time member of Niamh Parsons’ band and others including The Chieftains, De Danann to name but a few.
Shane McGowan, a gifted guitar player of multiple genres comes from an area in south Sligo known as Lavagh. He comes from a musical family and started at an early age, giving his first public performance at the age of 5. His father Harry is a well-known flute player from the area and was a big influence on him teaching him whistle and flute.
Shane started playing guitar in his teens and was very interested in playing Irish music as well as rock, swing and Jazz.
Some bands he has guested in are Slide, Geraldine McGowan and the John Carty Festival band to name a few and has played with the mighty Seán Keane on our stage here in Westport.
They will be joined on-stage by Anne Brennan. Anne comes from Maam Valley situated in the heart of Connemara. She is a member of the well known and distinguished group "The Brennan Sisters". Anne comes from a family steeped in traditional music and song and has toured throughout Ireland and Europe as a solo artist.
“Their musicianship and their longstanding ego-free approach to their craft, both together and through their long careers as musicians of the highest caliber, is already an established pretext with anyone listening to Irish music that is paying attention.Their work both as sidemen and producers as well as band members, session musicians and individual musicians in their own right requires little if any proof from me or anyone else in order to stand firmly on the strength of the merit of their work itself.” - Seamie O'Dowd 2019