Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Dáithí Sproule, November 4
7pm, Advance tickets $12, $15 at the door
A rare opportunity for two good friends to take the stage together, Irish traditional singer Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and guitarist Dáithí Sproule.
Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill is renowned for her distinctive traditional style, which she has taken worldwide as an ambassador and champion of Irish tradition. Though Maighread was raised in Kells, County Meath, her father's family were native Irish-speakers from Rann na Feirste (Rannafast), Co. Donegal, where she retains deep roots. Her father was a well-known song collector and songwriter, and her aunt, Neilí Ní Dhomhnaill, was a collector of traditional songs. Maighread was a member of the ground-breaking group Skara Brae, along with her sister Tríona, brother Mícheál, and Dáithí Sproule. Besides her numerous collaborations, including those with sister Tríona and as a member of Dónal Lunny’s Coolfin, she has released a number of solo albums, including the pivotal No Dowry in 1991. Maighread received the Traditional Singer of the Year award from TG4 Gradam Ceoil in 2005 (TG4 is Ireland's Irish-language television station, established by Cathal Goan). In recent years she has recorded and performed with the West Ocean String Quartet, and is featured on their 2010 release Ae Fond Kiss. Along with her sister Tríona, Moya Brennan, and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, she formed T with the Maggies, who released their first CD in 2010.
Dáithí Sproule of Derry, whose first group was the legendary Skara Brae (with Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill), has lived for many years in Minnesota. He is one of Irish music's most respected guitar accompanists, and one of the first guitarists to develop DADGAD tuning for Irish music. He is also a fine singer in English and Irish. Dáithí has performed and recorded with two highly influential traditional music trios: Bowhand (with James Kelly and Paddy O’Brien) and Trian (with Liz Carroll and Billy McComiskey), as well as providing accompaniment for recordings by Tommy Peoples, Seamus and Manus McGuire, Liz Carroll, Paddy O’Brien and others. He has performed around the world with the Irish supergroup Altan, and continues to tour and record with Altan, Randal Bays and James Keane (under the name Fingal), Dermy and Tara Diamond, the Kane Sisters, Liz Carroll, Laura MacKenzie, Peter Ostroushko, Jode and Kate Dowling, Dean Magraw and others. Dáithí’s original compositions have been widely recorded, including by Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, Altan, Trian, Liz Carroll, Aoife Clancy, Loreena McKennitt, and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He is known for his innovative arrangements of traditional songs, and in 1995 he released his first solo album, A Heart Made of Glass, with songs in English and Irish. In 2008 he released an instrumental guitar album, The Crow In the Sun, featuring thirteen original compositions. Lost River, Vol. 1. followed in 2011, featuring songs in English and Irish, exquisitely arranged and accompanied on guitar, with a stellar line-up of guests. In addition to performing and recording, Dáithí is a sought-after teacher and lecturer in subjects ranging from guitar styles and song accompaniment to Irish traditional music, language and literature. He is a 2009 Bush Artist Fellow, awarded by the Minnesota-based Archibald Bush Foundation.