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Seán has now commenced work on a new album for release in late summer / early autumn of 2014.
This will be Seán's seventh album and is a follow up to his hugely successful 'Cut A Long Story Short' album of 2012 which received extremely good reviews and was played extensively on American and Canadian Folk music radio shows



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latest album 'Cut A Long Story Short' is available

includes the song 'SAILING OFF TO YANKEE LAND'



Review - Cut A Long Story Short

The gentle intimacy and mesmerising charm of Seán's inimitable delivery have captivated discerning audiences over the course of at least five CDs thus far, 2011's The Winding Banks Of Erne forming my own belated introduction to the Co. Tyrone-born, now Co. Down resident's special artistry. Cut A Long Story Short effortlessly embodies all the same qualities as its predecessor and its 10 tracks together form an equally persuasive collection, one that engages from start to finish. Seán's voice and guitar or mandola/mandolin receive the ideal setting to complement his personal vision of the chosen songs: characteristically understated instrumental backing from Brendan Monaghan (whistles, uilleann pipes, bones, bodhrán) and James Patience (concertina).

This time round, Seán treats us to a well-balanced selection that imaginatively juxtaposes neglected gems of contemporary songwriting with just a couple of his own fine compositions and four songs of traditional origin. The latter category takes in the otherwise hackneyed Carrickfergus, here using the verses that Cathal McConnell collected from Arthur Kearney of Tyrone, while Seán also tackles the uncharacteristically jaunty emigration song Sailing Off To Yankee Land and gives us an enchanting version of The Lambs On The Green Hills (a kind of counterpart to I Once Loved A Lass) along the way. Particular triumphs among the more recent material include Mike Silver's beautiful Waiting In Your Heart and Robbie MacNeill's Evangeline (the latter, interestingly, learnt from the singing of Stan Rogers), while the unusual melody of the rather older Aura Lea (dating from the American Civil War) is all the more poignant in Seán's rendition. The pair of self-penned ditties (the wistful Last Year's Hiring Fair and the CD's genial title track) possess something of the air of Colum Sands.

To cut a long story short, then, this is an entirely unpretentious and absolutely lovely record.

David Kidman

 

Tracks on this album, click read more below for a full list of songs

1. Evangeline

Words and Music by Robbie MacNeil

Nova Scotian Robbie MacNeill wrote this lovely song sometime in the 1970s when he was feeling homesick for his homeland "The Land of Evangeline." I learned this song from the singing of the late Stan Rogers of Canada. read more


click here for two music samples and for more information on how to purchase Cut A Long Story Short

Cut A Long Story Short is also available for download by clicking on either of the following links








Keeper Of The Tradition award

Seán Donnelly receives the prestigious
''Keeper Of The Tradition''
award at the Tommy Makem Festival of Song on Friday 8th of October at the City Hotel, Armagh.

award

view photos and video of Seán performing live at the Keeper of the Tradition awards here in the new magazine section

"Keeper Of The Tradition" award

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Seán Donnelly and B.B.C. Radio and television presenter/ author Gerry Anderson performing their sell out show ''Tall Tales and Short Songs'' at The Belfast Festival at Queens University





new photos added of Seán at home



 

Upcoming Events

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Monday 17th March 2014
THE FRESH OIL MUSIC CENTRE

45 PRINCES STREET, DROMORE, CO. DOWN

AN EVENING OF SONGS, MUSIC AND STORYTELLING WITH SEÁN DONNELLY

at 8.00pm

for details phone Sheila on 07949418408



Further dates to be announced shortly ...




Past Events

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Saturday 19th October 2013
RANFURLY HOUSE, O'NEILL ARTS CENTRE

MARKET STREET, DUNGANNON, CO. TYRONE

SEÁN DONNELLY IN CONCERT WITH piper/whistle player BRENDAN MONAGHAN AND BROADCASTER GERRY KELLY WITH THE SHOW

at 8.00pm

Tickets from box office at Ranfurly House Tel. 028 8772 8600

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Thursday 19th September 2013
THE SUNFLOWER FOLK MUSIC CLUB

THE SUNFLOWER BAR, 65 UNION STREET BELFAST

SEÁN DONNELLY LIVE IN CONCERT ( SOLO )

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Saturday 27th April 2013
THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

5-7 ARTILLERY STREET, DERRY / LONDONDERRY

SEÁN DONNELLY LIVE IN CONCERT ( SOLO )

Doors open 7.30pm show starts 8.00pm

Tickets £10, Box office 028 7126 8027

E: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk

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Friday 12th April 2013
RANFURLY HOUSE, O'NEILL ARTS CENTRE

26 MARKET STREET, DUNGANNON, CO. TYRONE

SEÁN DONNELLY LIVE IN CONCERT ( SOLO )

Doors open 7.30pm show starts 8.00pm

Tickets £10, Box office 028 8772 8600

E: ranfurlyhousereception@dungannon.gov.uk

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Wednesday 3rd April 2013
THE BLACKBOX THEATRE, BELFAST

SEÁN DONNELLY LIVE IN CONCERT ( SOLO )

Doors open 7.30pm show starts 8pm

Tickets £10, Box office 028 9024 4400

tickets also available online at www.blackboxbelfast.com





BBC radio presenter Lynette Fay and singer/songwriter Sean Donnelly at the launch of Celtic Fusion. Sean will be appearing at the Celtic Fusion International Music Festival in Castlewellan on Friday 16th July


Sean Donnelly live in Concert at ''NO ALIBIS'' Belfast


" Sean Donnelly, the unmistakable voice of northern Irish Folk singing presents his fine collection of songs performed with love and gentle care. This is as real as it gets! "
... Andy Irvine

" There is a gentleness in the mans voice and a kindness in the guitar that unwrinkles the mind and body and you are glad you came along "
... Tommy Sands

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