In Conversation With

Friday 25th June 2021

Join us for the first ‘In Conversation With’ as part of virtual Blas 2021 lecture series. Presenter Carl Corcoran will interview legendary musicians Dónal Lunny and Paddy Glackin about their lives in Irish music. More details to follow shortly!

Dónal Lunny & Paddy Glackin

Dónal Lunny is popularly regarded as having being central to the renaissance of Irish Music over the last three decades.  Since the seventies Dónal has had involvement with some of the most innovative bands to emerge from Ireland including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and more recently Mozaik. He has toured across the world, collaborating with musicians of many different cultures. Dónal co-founded Mulligan Records and produced 17 albums for the label. Since then he has produced tracks for, and collaborated on albums with Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, Indigo Girls, Clannad, and Baaba Maal among others. He produced the internationally acclaimed album for EMI, ‘Common Ground’, featuring such artists as Bono, Neil and Tim Finn, and Elvis Costello. He also has appeared on the BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions alongside the likes of James Taylor, Eddi Reader, Diana Krall and others.  Dónal was MD of the House Band on the “Céiliúradh” concert in the Royal Albert Hall, part of President Michael D. Higgins’ state visit to the UK. He continues his work in studio production, also occasionally composing music for theatre, television and film. 

Paddy Glackin, also a founding member of Bothy Band, is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading traditional fiddle players of his generation. Being reared in Dublin, Paddy was exposed to a wide variety of regional styles that influenced his music and was hugely encouraged by such players as Sligo flute player John Egan, and Clare fiddler John Kelly. Paddy is also a noted commentator and lecturer on Irish music. He has etched a reputation as one of our premier fiddlers, steely yet divinely delicate. He adopted his father’s Donegal stylings and has taken a unique route from 1973 All-Ireland fiddle champion to the groundbreaking experimental-trad treasure Hidden Ground with Jolyon Jackson in 1980.  He has also recorded extensively and collaborated with a range of musicians including avant-garde composer John Cage, Micheal O Suilleabhain, piper Liam O Flynn, and Dónal Lunny. He also played in groups such as Ceoltoiri Laighean and LAPD and is currently a member of Ushers Island.  Paddy spent many years as a radio producer with RTE Radio and recently retired as head of the Radio Sport department.

Carl Corcoran

Former presenter and curator of the critically acclaimed Blue of the Night on RTE lyric fm, Carl Corcoran is a skilled arts professional. Carl has worked across all sectors of the music industry – composition, performance, publishing, broadcasting, event management, production and promotion. Carl is a passionate advocate of the Arts in Ireland and is committed to supporting and promoting Irish artists at home and abroad.

Since September 2017 Carl has acted as Course Director of the Masters in Songwriting at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. In October 2019 he was invited to join the Board of Music Network, Ireland – a role he has embraced enthusiastically and one that gives him the opportunity to engage further with the Arts Community at home and abroad.