07 Oct 2022

Music legends set to play Leghowney Hall

Music legends set to play Leghowney Hall

Three of Ireland’s most prestigious traditional musicians have been confirmed to perform in concert in Leghowney Hall, in the Barnesmore Gap.

Dónal Lunny, Màirtìn O'Connor and Zoë Conway will perform at the hall "For One Night Only" on Wednesday, 5th October, at 8pm. 

The concert will mark the start of anniversary celebrations for the country hall, which first opened its doors in 1937 and marks its 80th year in 2017.

Guitar and bouzouki player Dónal Lunny needs no introduction, having made his name as a member of the hugely influential groups Planxty, The Bothy Band, Altan and Moving Hearts. A gifted composer, arranger and producer, Dónal has also worked with such internationally acclaimed rock and pop musicians, as Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Kate Bush.

Máirtín O'Connor was one of the driving forces behind the Riverdance phenomenon. Add to that his work with the bands De Dannan, Midnight Well and Skylark, his reputation as a composer and solo artist, and his recording sessions with Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and Mark Knopfler, and it’s easy to see why Máirtín is regarded in the folk firmament as something of a national treasure.

Fiddle player and singer Zoë Conway is an awesome talent, equally at home playing Latin jazz with Rodrigo y Gabriella, as a guest soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, performing with Lou Reed and Nick Cave, or touring the world with Riverdance. However, traditional Irish music remains close to Zoë’s heart, as witnessed in her acclaimed solo albums.

This dream team will be supported on the night by local Irish bluegrass band Erdinì. The evening promises a true feast of talents for all music lovers.

Leghowney Hall has been a focal point of the community since 1937, after the community agreed a dance hall would be built locally, and a committee was set up.

The dance hall was built in a field belonging to one Edward Murphy, and remains the site where the hall has stood all these years. As John Cassidy has written on the Leghowney web site,, “The site for the Hall cost 5 pounds and the structure of tin and timber cost 400 pounds, two melodians for 2 pounds and we are still dancing in Leghowney 71 years later, and after a major refurbishment it will accommodate and entertain for another 70 years.”

Among the great bands that played Leghowney in the early years were the Slieve Foy with Leo and Baba Brennan, the Haugheys, the Keynotes and many more.

That great tradition of live music continues with the famed trio of Dónal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor and Zoë Conway take to the stage of the Leghowney Hall in October.

Tickets are €20 and are now on sale at Paddy Wards Music Shop in Donegal town.

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