Leonard Barry, Declan Folan and Shane McGowan

This Trio based in Sligo on the North West of Ireland represent all that is special about Irish music today. Uilleann pipes and fiddle have long been a fabled combination in the history of Irish music, along with the guitar this blend of intruments and these musicians bring a special blend of Irish music, from the rich tradition of Kerry, South Sligo and further afield , to newly composed pieces from themselves, their contemporaries, and musical heroes.

 

The origins of the trio can be traced back to Tubercurry and Bunnanaden in the heartland of the famed South Sligo tradition where both Declan Folan and Shane McGowan grew up playing music together from their early teens. Whereas Declan and Leonard Barry first met in London in the early 1990’s playing music together on the traditional music scene.

 

Between them this Trio have shared the stage and recorded with many of World Music greats including Zakeer Hussain, Lunasa, Dervish, Donal Lunny, Kevin Burke, Luka Bloom, Lisa O’Neill amongst many others. They have performed throughout the world at many of the leading festivals including Roskilde Festival, Celtic Connections, Tonder Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Hong Kong Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and countless others.

 

They have learned their music and have been influenced by many of the greats of Irish music including legends Michael Coleman, Fred Finn, Peter Horan, Tommy Peoples, Willie Clancy, Paddy Cronin, Bobby Casey, Liam O’Flynn but to name a few.