The Young Irelanders
Monday, October 19, 2015 – 7:00 pm
The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime.
The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime. Between them they have performed for heads of state – Presidents of Ireland, US Presidents, the Queen of England, the President of China, Prince Albert of Monaco, Empress Michiko of Japan; and have performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the US Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A .
The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, been soloists on PBS Special’s, shared the stage with Bono, and have recorded with Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) and been chosen by Sting to perform for his exclusive private parties.
The Young Irelanders are:
- Damien Mullane – Accordion & Melodeon
- Colin Farrell – Fiddle, Whistles & Vocals
- Kieran Munnelly – Flute, Whistles, Bodhrán, Snare & Vocals
- Stephen Markham – Keyboard, Piano, Percussion & Vocals
- Sean O’ Meara – Guitar & Vocals
- Lisa Canny – Lead Vocals, Harp & Banjo
- Siobhán Manson – Dancer
- Cathal Keaney – Dancer
“It sometimes disheartens me when audiences outside of Ireland don’t get a chance to see and hear what our Irish culture is really about but are instead fed a derivative of the real thing. When I put this group together I had a very clear objective; to find young performers who were evidently amongst the best exponents of Irish traditional music, song & dance in the world today. I am not exaggerating when I say I found them. I cannot imagine someone disputing this fact or hearing from someone who isn’t taken aback by the sheer talent inherent in this group. The task now will be to ensure as many people as possible are given the opportunity to witness the brilliance of these phenomenal performers.
– Eric Cunningham (Producer), “Ability in Abundance” Irish Independent
The Young Irelanders was formed not only to merge the significant creative ideas and talents of a select group of young Irish performers who are unique amongst their peers but also in the hope that given their combined youthfulness and ability, their existence in the music business would act as a catalyst in attracting more young people to the world of traditional Irish music at home in Ireland and throughout the world.