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Moving on Music presents Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

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Here are three traditional musicians that surely need no introduction…we are delighted to be able to bring this trio to NI regional venues:

John Doyle, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick first crossed paths as teenagers. Quarter of a century later, the fired-up folk live-wires are set to celebrate their friendship, and musical kinship, with their first studio album, The Wishing Tree. A thrilling trip through traditional, contemporary and original jigs, reels, ballads and more, it sees them branch out musically, while tracing the roots of their tunes, and acquaintance. All three musicians have gone on to global acclaim and with a wide range of individual projects it is rare to get an opportunity for all three to make an appearance in Ireland.


John Doyle (Dublin – vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandola) is an Irish music linchpin and a founder member of acclaimed group Solas. With a Grammy nomination for his album with Liz Carroll it would perhaps be easier to list who John has not collaborated with. But for example: Eileen Ivers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez, Martin Hayes, and Usher’s Island.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner John McCusker (Glasgow – fiddle, whistles, harmonium) has played with The Battlefield Band, Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan, recorded with Paul Weller, and recently produced albums for Eddi Reader, Heidi Talbot and Kris Drever.

Mike McGoldrick (Manchester – flute, whistles, Uilleann pipes, bodhran, clarinet, congas) is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, founding member of Lúnasa, and current member of Capercaillie, who has worked with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, John Cale.

The trio were brought together as part of the BBC’s annual Transatlantic Sessions in 2007. “That felt like it was a real coming together of the three of us,” McCusker says. “It’s always been really natural to play together, and as pals, it always feels really natural to hang out. That’s how the idea of us doing this as a trio came about: after The Transatlantic Sessions, we didn’t want the fun and the music to stop. So we said, ‘Well, why don’t we just keep going?’”

And so they did. Doyle, McCusker and McGoldrick have performed as a trio since 2009. They released a live album in 2009, and continue to tour together regularly.

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