Mánus Lunny

Tá Mánus ina chónaí i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGall agus as ó theaghlach é atá sáite i dtraidisiún ceoil na hÉireann.

 

‘Co-producer Mánus Lunny set out with Mairéad to create a sound that would be different to Altan's... both vibrantly contemporary in its colourings and yet deeply rooted in the tradition. ... The production is exemplary. ... This is Mairéad's masterpiece… This is music made for the sake of the art, for the magic of being in the moment making an unforgettable noise or for the sheer pleasure of telling a story eloquently through song’ Niall Stokes, Hot Press

 

‘lovingly produced by Mairéad and Mánus Lunny’ Siobhán Long, The Irish Times

 

Mánus Lunny lives in the Donegal Gaeltacht and comes from a family steeped in the musical tradition of Ireland. Mánus is a gifted instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer and has earned a reputation as one of the most significant performers from the Irish tradition, adding a contemporary vein to the heritage of traditional music and song.

 

For 28 years Mánus has been a prominent member of Scottish supergroup Capercaillie who are still regarded as one of the most exciting live acts on the festival circuit. Capercaillie made their mark internationally working with composer Carter Burwell on the Hollywood blockbuster Rob Roy.

 

Outwith his work in Capercaillie, Mánus is in great demand as a musician, recording and performing internationally with a range of leading Irish and Scottish musicians. This has taken him to Brazil, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Egypt, Russia, Macedonia, USA, Canada, UK and throughout the European Continent.

 

As a composer for both album and screen, he has had commissions from BBC, RTE and STV for television scores. He has worked on several TV series including Tacsi and Togaidh Sinn Fonn, produced in Scotland and featuring musicians from not only the Scottish and Irish traditions, but from all over the world. In collaboration with Phil Cunningham he has co-written pieces for the American record label 'Windham Hill', performed at the prestigious Cité de La Musique in Paris and written the score for the renowned New York Theatre company 'Mabou Mines' production of Finn in 2010.

 

Mánus was honoured with the position of Artist in Residence at The Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny County Donegal for 2009. In July of 2016 Mánus received a commission from the Earagail Arts Festival to compose a suite of music in honour of the great playwright and dramatist Brian Friel. This was performed with Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh, Theresa Kavanagh, Micheal Mc Goldrick, Donald Shaw, Fraser Fifield and Ewen Vernal, with the strings of the Donegal Music Education Partnership Youth Orchestra, conducted and arranged by Vincent Kennedy.

 

In more recent years, Mánus established Studio na Mara in the Rosses in the Donegal Gaeltacht. There, he is sought out by such world-renowned musicians Moya Brennan, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Daniel O Donnell and many others as well as the equally treasured but less well-known local artists. Supporting young and emerging local artists is also a priority and in this, Mánus has collaborated with Tionscamh Lugh, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and The Eargail Arts Festival in enhancing the traditional arts in the county and beyond.

 

In early 2017 Mánus was delighted to win the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht commission to compose music for 5 videos promoting the stunning Glenveagh National Park in county Donegal.

 

Film & Television Drama Credits

Rob Roy, United Artists, feature film – incidental music/performer (with Capercaillie)Wood from the Trees, RTE, series - composer
Eire is Alba, RTE/BBC, series - composer
Celtic States, RTE/BBC/HTV, series - composer
The State We’re In, RTE, series - composer
Wild Scotland, BBC, series - composer
Rebellion, BBC, series - composer

 

Theatre

The Midnight Court (Cuirt An Mhean Oiche), The Abbey Theatre, directed by Siobhan McKenna – sole music performer 1984

Finn, Mabou Mines, New York – co-composer (with Phil Cunningham) 2009

 

Album & Producer Credits with Capercaillie
• • At the Heart of It All (2013)
• Roses and Tears (2008)
• Choice Language (2003)
• Live in Concert (2002)
• Nàdurra (2000)
• Beautiful Wasteland (1997)
• To the Moon (1995)
• Secret People (1993)
• Delirium (1991)

 

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Selected Others
• 2016 - The Mooneys, The Mooneys (musician & producer)
• 2015 - The Last Bell, The Alan Kelly Gang featuring Eddie Reader (musician and producer)
• 2011 - Le Ciudiú Dé, Various incl. Moya Brennan, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Daniel O Donnell (producer)
• 2009 - T with the Maggies, T with the Maggies (musician and producer)
• 2009 - Ceol Cheann Dubhrann, Various (musician and producer, mixed, recorded and engineered)
• 2008 - Imeall, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (musician and co-producer)
• 2007 - Seventh Veil, Theresa Kavanagh (producer)
• 2006 - Loinneog Cheoil, Aoife Ni Fhearraigh (musician and producer)
• 2006 - Wired, Michael McGoldrick
• 2006 - Raining Up, Mairéad Nesbitt (musician and producer)
• 2006 - Draíocht Dave Flynn (engineered and played bodhrán)
• 2005 - Earthsongs, Secret Garden
• 2002 - At First Light, Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry
• 2001 - Journey: The Best Of, Dónal Lunny
• 2000 - Fused, Michael McGoldrick
• 1999 - Myriad, Gerry O'Connor
• 1997 - The Dreaming Sea, Karen Matheson
• 1996 - Morning Rory, Michael McGoldrick (producer)
• 1991 - Time to Time, Gerry O'Connor
• 1990 - At It Again, Manus Lunny & Andy M. Stewart
• 1990 - The Celts Rise Again, Karen Matheson
• 1987 - Dublin Lady, Mánus Lunny & Andy M. Stewart
• 1986 - Fire In The Glen, Mánus Lunny, Phil Cunningham & Andy M. Stewart (co-producer)

 

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