Having grown up in a Kells home full of not only music but the Irish language  too, it’s perhaps unsurprising that sisters Tríona Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill should spend their lives singing in their native tongue.

Citing their late father’s childhood village of Ranafast in Donegal as their spiritual home, childhood holidays there singing songs and sharing stories helped sow the seed.

As their lives progressed to college, marriage and kids, Tríona ended up in The Bothy Band, alongside their brother, Michael, whilst  Maighread released solo albums on Gael Linn. By 1996, the sisters were performing together again, firstly with Michael, then later, as a duo, after, tragically, their brother passed.

With both T With The Maggies (with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Moya Brennan) and the Temple Bar Tradfest (with Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine) on their dance card this month, the sisters are, they say, particularly looking forward to make  their Greystones debut at The Whale. And sure, why wouldn’t they – aren’t we the closest thing to a warm fireside session this side of Ranafest…?


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