Friday, November 14, 2008


I appreciate much your blog, I found good music there.
Here CD in thanks. so long, cordially

Donal Lunny (1987)

Dónal Lunny (born 10 March, 1947) is an Irish folk musician. Lunny has been at the cutting edge of the evolution of Irish music for more than thirty-five years and is generally regarded as having been central to the renaissance of traditional Irish music in that time period. Born in Tullamore, then moved to Newbridge, County Kildare, as a teenager he joined a band called Rakes of Kildare, with Christy Moore. Lunny's Emmet Folk Group and Michael and Brian Byrne's Spiceland Folk Group joined forces to form The Emmet Spiceland. Their debut album 'The First' was released in 1968. They were a vocal harmony group and reached number one in Ireland with the single "Mary From Dungloe". In 1971 he played on Prosperous, the first album by Christy Moore.

The musicians from Prosperous assembled in 1972 under the name Planxty. The band became a leading proponent of Irish traditional instrumental music for the next ten years. In 1975 Lunny left them to form The Bothy Band, playing guitar and bouzouki.

They disbanded in 1978. Lunny became a session musician on Davey and Morris, the first album to feature Shaun Davey. Lunny then got together with Christy Moore again in 1981, to form Moving Hearts. Another founding member was the young uilleann piper, Davy Spillane.

When Moving Hearts broke up in 1985, Lunny diversified. He learned keyboards and mandolin and became a producer. He played on several Christy Moore albums, and was a producer and session musician on Kate Bush albums. He played bouzouki and bodhrán on Shaun Davey's Granuaille. He played on the soundtrack of the film This Is My Father and the TV program "The River of Sound".

He was the producer of Bringing it all Back Home. He produced albums for Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O'Connor, Clannad and Baaba Maal. He appeared on compilation albums - Gathering (1981) and Common Ground (1996). He pushed new boundaries with the his band Coolfin (1998) which included uilleann piper John McSherry. He appeared at the 2000 Cambridge Folk Festival, and the album that commemorated it. In 2001 Lunny collaborated with Frank Harte on the album My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte.

As an arranger he has worked for The Waterboys, Fairground Attraction and Eddi Reader. Journey (2000) is a retrospective album. In 2004 Lunny was part of the reunited Planxty concert. Manus Lunny, also a musician, is Dónal's brother.

Dónal Lunny is producing the album Human Child (2007) by Faroese Eivør Pálsdóttir, which is published in two versions, one English, and one Faroese.

Dónal Lunny is married to Japanese musician Hideko Itami (伊丹英子), a member of the musical group Soul Flower Union. The couple now make their home in Okinawa, Japan.

He is the father of violinist, Cora Venus Lunny


Great choice. thank you!


Blogger gkapageridis said...

A great musician he is and this post is one too. Thank you very much once more. The gems keep coming in.

14 November, 2008 20:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody else having a problem downloading this?

14 November, 2008 23:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, Donal Lunny's name on any recording is a sign of quality, so I was thrilled to see this. After spending two hours downloading it, I was hugely disappointed to find that the FLAC files are not playable on my Mac. Any chance it could be re-posted in an Apple-compatible format?

17 November, 2008 22:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for mac OSX

18 November, 2008 02:02  
Anonymous Tom said...

Fantastic album - have it on vinyl & haven't listened to it in years. Thank you very much for making it available here.

18 November, 2008 02:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take that as a no then.............

18 November, 2008 20:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since it is necessary all to explain. this link leads to the software xACT which decompresses format FLAC in AIFF, then it is necessary to import files AIFF in iTunes then if need be to convert them into MP3 or AAC. capito ?

19 November, 2008 02:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FLAC files are read by VLC (Mac and PC), but (as I know), VLC cannot convert files.
On Mac OSX, the software Amadeus II and Amadeus Pro ( can read FLAC file and convert in any other file. ;-)

04 May, 2009 04:18  

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