Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival
June 18th-21st 2020

Son of the celebrated fiddler Gerry O’Connor and revered singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin of Lá Lugh, multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor is establishing himself as one of Ireland’s leading producers.

As a musician and composer he has played and recorded with the likes of Grainne Holland, Moya Brennan, Steve Cooney, Mary Dillon, Cathal McConnell, Bob Brozman, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, John Spillane, Lumiere and Barry Kerr.

Dónal O’Connor at the Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival

Having inherited a musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing he has toured the world from a young age as both a lead and backing instrumentalist with a number of bands including Lá Lugh, more recently At First Light, and the Irish song super group A Stór Mo Chroí.

He has composed music for theatre, television and film and has presented music shows for BBC ALBA, BBC NI, TG4, BBC Radio Ulster and Raidio na Gaeltachta.

“O’Connor’s winning blend of pace and lyricism transmits his enthusiasm for the music directly to the listener with irresistible impact” – Herald Scotland

Dónal will be playing with Ulaid along with Ross Ainslie and Stephen Byrne on Saturday 20th June – Doors 7.30pm Concert 8.00pm. Not to be missed. Watch out for him taking part in sessions around the village where he will be belting out a few tunes.