Frankie Gavin and the new De Dannan back in the Royal

After wowing fans back in August, Frankie Gavin and The New De Dannan return to Castlebar on Wednesday, December 30, for a special post Christmas show.

For many years traditional super group De Dannan were the forerunners in the Irish traditional music world, but after 33 years, 14 albums, and a number of changes in the line up, the group disbanded in 2003. Last August original founding member and world famous fiddle player Frankie Gavin came to the Royal Theatre and unleashed a new De Dannan which, in his own words, “will reflect a De Dannan of the 21st century”. The line up which also included appearances from Mary Black, Máirtín O’Connor, and Dolores Keane finished to a standing ovation at the Royal Theatre with all three female vocalists, including Michelle Lally, receiving bouquets of flowers.

“They took Castlebar by storm in August and we are delighted to have them return at Christmas, this is exactly the type of night out that people want at Christmas, good traditional show by great musicians,” said Pat Jennings, director of The Royal Theatre Castlebar.

The new De Dannan line up is led by original De Dannan member Frankie Gavin on fiddle, flutes, and whistles, with Michelle Lally on vocals, Damien Mullane on accordion, Mike Galvin on bouzouki and guitars, and Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes, and whistles.

Tickets are available from €30, on as well as from The Royal Box Office on 0818 300 000. For further information check The Royal Theatre and Event Centre website on: or


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