Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh is a fiddle player and sean-nós singer from the Gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair in County Donegal. She is passionate about preserving the traditional music from her area. She is also a composer and has been commissioned to compose music for various projects over the years. She is a founding member of the renowned traditional music group, Altan. For over thirty years she has toured the World with Altan, travelling all over Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe,Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA. She has played in venues as diverse as The Albert Hall,London,The Sydney Opera House and The Hollywood Bowl. Mairéad has made one solo album in 2009 called ‘Imeall’, and is also a member of other ensembles like ; String Sisters , comprising of female fiddle players from all over the world, SíFiddlers a Donegal based group of female fiddlers focusing on the rich Donegal tradition, her family band ,Na Mooneys and T with the Maggies along with Moya Brennan, Maighread and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill. Mairéad was awarded Donegal Person of the Year in 2009 by the Donegal Association in Dublin for her work in promoting the County and it’s rich culture worldwide and in 2017 was awarded TG4 Musician of the Year.