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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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“The David Munnelly Band…very nearly blew the roof off…a truly astonishing performance…” —The Irish Herald 


David Munnelly (button accordion) brings new excitement and depth to traditional music while drawing for inspiration on past masters, including the Roaring 20s Flanagan Brothers. With their unique West Mayo style of playing — a style as wild, free and awe-inspiring as the rugged West Coast of Ireland — David Munnelly and his band are making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. David has toured and performed with The Chieftains, De Danaan, and other legendary Irish artists. David also composed and recorded the original soundtrack for the TG4 special Solas san Dorchadasm, for which he received the 2004 Composer of the Year Award. He was again given the award the following year. In 2001, David released his first CD, Swing, in an effort to craft a sound that was both unique, yet reminiscent of the free-spirited exuberance that typified the American Irish Dance Hall scene of the Roaring 20s. In 2003, he and his band joined the prestigious Irish Unplugged tour of Europe with Francis Black. One year later, David’s second CD, By Heck, was released to critical and popular acclaim in Ireland, Europe, Japan, and in North America. In 2005, the band made its highly successful U.S. debut tour, covering over 10,000 miles on the highways and byways of America, from Maine’s Atlantic coast to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Michigan’s North Woods to Kansas’ Great Plains. In 2006, David and the group were featured on BBC’s Destination Music: Ireland. In America, they were featured in a two-part concert on the NPR’s Celtic Connections, and in a PBS television special.

Kieran Munnelly (flute, bodhrán, snare, vocals), like his brother, has also been playing music since the age of seven and is an accomplished flute player and a dynamic bodhrán player. In 2003, Kieran was selected as a Composer of the Year. Since then, Kieran has played and toured with some of Ireland’s finest musicians, including Matt Molloy, Martin O’Connor, Kieran Goss, Francis Black, and many others. Kieran has toured extensively throughout America and Europe.

Fergal Scahill (fiddle, guitar), a native of Galway, is one of the most talented fiddle players on the Irish music scene. He is an All-Ireland Fleadh winner in the senior fiddle competition and holds two All-Ireland bodhrán titles. Fergal has toured and recorded with Frankie Gavin, Paul Brock, Manus McGuire, Teada, Ragus, and Celtic Legends. In the past few years, Fergal toured with the dance show Celtic Legends 2 and the musical _Ha’penny Bridge. _

Paul Kelly (fiddle/mandolin) has been at the heart of the music scene since the early eighties. He first came to prominence as the fiddler with The Sackville String Band, a five piece bluegrass outfit who brought American traditional music to a wider audience in Ireland and who had the legendary Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, and Mark O’Connor, among many others, as guest artists at their regular Dublin gigs. He returned to his roots in the early nineties as a member of The Sharon Shannon Band, playing fiddle and mandolin and touring the U.S., Europe, and the U.K. Paul currently plays regularly with former De Dannan singer Eleanor Shanley, former Fleadh Cowboys singer Frankie Lane, and is a regular guest with the very successful Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club.

Nic Gareiss (sean nos dancer) has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms, focusing primarily on the dance traditions associated with North American fiddle music. In his teens, Gareiss received dual scholarships from the Wheatland Music Organization and the Augusta Heritage Center to apprentice with the internationally recognized company, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Through high school, Gareiss performed with Footworks, including an ensemble role in The Crossing, their production with Grammy-winning songwriter Tim O’Brien. At age sixteen, he took second place at the 2003 Cliftop Flat-footing contest. Nic has danced at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Virginia’s Wolf Trap Farm Park, the Ann Arbor Ark, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and most recently at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Shauna Mullin (vocals) from Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, has been singing from an early age. In 1999, she won an All-Ireland title in the English language song category. Over the years, she has gained much experience performing with groups such as Na Casaidaigh and Begley and Cooney, and has recorded and performed with numerous groups who have incorporated various musical genres, including ethnic and world music. Her style of singing has been heavily influenced by artists such as the English folk singer, June Tabor, Dick Gaughan, Dolores Keane, and Iarla O’Lionard. Shauna has performed extensively on the Irish circuit, and has recently finished her debut album, One April Morning, with Waterford-based guitarist Alan Colfer.

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