An all-female supergroup of fiddlers from Donegal are in fine tune this summer with a number of exciting updates.
The SíFiddlers, comprised of 13 talented musicians from across the county, will celebrate their first TV broadcast this Saturday on TG4’s Fleadh2020.
The performance comes just weeks after the launch of the band’s first self-titled album, which was recorded in the hills of Donegal.
Fans of the fiddlers should set their reminders for Fleadh2020 on TG4 at 9.30pm on Saturday 8th August. The women will be taking to the stage in a show packed with top traditional Irish acts from across Ulster including young stars from Donegal.
The SíFiddlers first came together in 2018 to perform at the Earagail Arts Festival. The concert was a huge success and culminated in over 40 female fiddle players on stage for an epic finale.
The group brings together some of the finest fiddlers from Glencolumcille to Inishowen and everywhere in between to represent a huge tradition in Donegal. The SíFiddlers include: Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, Liz Doherty, Bríd Harper, Tara Connaghan, Clare Friel, Roisin McGrory (Harrigan), Aisling Drost-Byrne, Theresa Kavanagh, Denise Boyle, Claire Gallagher, Melanie Houton, Clodagh Warnock and Eimear McColgan.
Also in the show will be Donegal Town sisters Ailbhe Liu and Seoda Wang, who will be performing a live version of their viral collaboration with World Champion Dancer David Geaney from Dingle.
Odhran Woods from Buncrana will be performing with his teacher Brian Flannagan from Armagh. At the tender age of 10, the Fleadh show will be a major step for Odhran.
Fleadh2020 is set to be a gathering (socially distanced and virtual) of Irish traditional musicians from around the world who, under normal circumstances, would be coming together to celebrate the All-Ireland Fleadh – ‘The Homecoming’ – in Mullingar in August.
Over the 4 nights 6-9 August, Fleadh2020, will capture the essence of this annual event – the music, song and dance and the stories – and present a unique insight into the fleadh community, across Ireland and around the world.
Fleadh2020 airs every evening from 6th -9th August at 9.30pm on TG4.