The Mighty Doonans
FRIDAY 7TH APRIL
THE MIGHTY DOONANS
After sell out concerts in 2015 and 2016, The Mighty Doonans are back.
The band have a deserved reputation for their imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs.
Combining brass, keyboards, pipes, electric guitars, amazing vocals and Irish Dance, courtesy of Fran Doonan, they have the ability to blend different genres of music and the occasional joke into their act. As we well know this leads to a thoroughly entertaining evening that delights audiences across the folk world.
Let us introduce you to the Doonans:
Mick Doonan plays pipes, flute, whistle, sax, as well as crooning bluesy numbers with his soulful vocals. Mick is an ex member of the popular 70’s band Hedghog Pie and a number of other accomplished folk and rock bands.
Kevin Doolan, Mick’s brother, is a highly accomplished and respected traditional fiddler, who learned his craft from his father John and also from a host of world class musicians who visited the family home when he was growing up.
Phil Murray is a innovative bass player and another former member of Hedghog Pie and also Jack The Lad. He currently plays in the Tom McConville Band and is known to introduce a modicum of humour into the Doonan’s shows.
Rose Doonan, Mick’s daughter playe sax, piano and sings like an angel. She has recently completed tours with Peter Gabriel and Birdy. She is active as a solo artist, and as a member of Cry Baby Cry and Jacob Marley’s Ghost.
Stu Luckley. As well as vocals, Stu plays electric and acoustic guitar in the band and arranges the repertoire. He was one half of the acclaimed Fox – Luckley duo and was also a member of Hedghog Pie.
Ian ‘Walter’ Fairburn is a remarkable multi-instrumentalist. He also played in Hedghog Pie and the Lindisfarne spin off, Jack The Lad.
Jamie Luckley is the band’s drummer and Stu’s son. His upbringing in the folk world and his eclectic taste has brought new rhythms and inspiration to the band.
Fran Doonan is Mick’s eldest daughter, She plays sax and flute and dances like the champion dancer she is. No Doonan show would be complete without her Irish dancing. She lives in Andorra with her husband and young family.
Ben Murray, Phil’s son is an outstanding keyboard player and vocalist, and is a member of the acclaimed North East folk group Tarras. Ben performed as The Song Man in the hit West End musical ‘War Horse’.
So, there you have it, so many family and musical connections make The Mighty Doonans the UK’s biggest and best ‘family’ band. The band continue to deliver their traditions and influences, along with powerhouse arrangements and sensitive interpretations of a wide variety of material, whilst retaining their renowned rapport and relationship with their audience.
Be sure not to miss this magical evening. Advance Tickets are priced at £14 and can be obtained from the One Stop store in the town, from Brian on 01652 649230 0r fromwww.wegottickets.com.