This concert will launch Ann Droney Kirrane’s second solo CD, Beyond Yon Mountain.
Ann will be joined on the on the night by many musicians including Ronan Greene on fiddle, Garry O’Briain on guitar, keyboard and mandocello, Eamon Cotter on flute and Dermot Byrne on accordion with special guests on the night, Chris Droney, Francis Droney and Áine McGrath
Ann Kirrane has been steeped in music all her life. Growing up in Bellharbour Co.Clare, on the shores of Galway Bay, in the shadow of the famed Burren region of north County Clare, her childhood revolved around the traditional music of the old Gaelic way of life.
Ann comes from a long musical tradition. Her father, Chris Droney, is one of the most respected concertina players in Ireland. Ann learned concertina from her father, and grandfather Jim, and won the All-Ireland Fleadh Ceóil three times.
Her teenage summers were spent in Lisdoonvarna playing music with her father Chris, Tommy Peoples, Kitty Linnane and Paddy Mullins of the Kilfenora Céili Band.
Ann moved to Tuam and it was there she began to sing, taking leading roles in stage productions with local musical societies.
It was in Tuam also, that Ann met and married Noël Kirrane, a musician, teacher, choirmaster and musical director who devoted his life to the promotion of music in young and old.
Ann’s transcendent voice brings us the beauty of the West of Ireland as she expresses all the emotions of a life well-lived.