Costa Del Folk, Ibiza 2017 sees the welcome return of our most regular guests, the Mighty Doonans. This multi-talented, multi-generational, musical powerhouse emerged from one of the Northeast’s most famous musical dynasties and comes with a sense of fun and a tangible panache, taking traditional material then applying the family penchant for rocking it up a bit.
If you’re not already a fan, imagine if you will a traditional Irish band with flute and pipes, add a solid drums and bass rhythm section, keyboards and lead guitar, and a brass section of three saxophones; not forgetting some fast and furious step-dancing.
The Mighty Doonans high-energy stage show mixes imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional Irish and Geordie songs, from Step It Out Mary to Ah Cud Hew, with an ability to introduce other genres of music and dance into their thoroughly entertaining performance.
The Doonan legacy stretches back to John Doonan’s fiddle playing father, which has subsequently filtered down the generations through John himself, the founder of the Doonan Family Band and master of the Irish piccolo, then on through sons Mick on pipes, piccolo and sax and Kevin on fiddle, then on to granddaughters Fran and Rosie. (saxophones)
The spirit of John Doonan’s Irish dance tunes are present throughout the Mighty Doonans along with Mick and Kevin’s 1970s folk-rock adventures with Hedgehog Pie, once again aided and abetted by Phil Murray, (bass) Stu Luckley, (guitar) and multi-instrumentalist Ian ‘Walter’ Fairburn. The band is completed by Phil’s son Ben Murray, (keyboards) and Jamie Luckley (drums).
“An astonishing assemblage of family talent” – the Sage Gateshad
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