Mick Hanly to perform at ‘Festival Folk’ this Easter Thursday

After a very successful and sold-out inaugural event last December, ‘Festival Folk’ is returning to the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon Town, this Easter Thursday, March 28th, to celebrate Irish folk music with some of the biggest names in the business.

Among the talented musicians set to perform is accomplished singer-songwriter Mick Hanly. Born in Limerick, Hanly was inspired by mid-1950s rock ‘n’ roll and the Liverpool beat group scene of the 1960s. He soon turned his attention to American folk singers such as Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and emerging singer-songwriters Paul Simon, James Taylor, and the legendary Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell.

However, on first hearing Planxty, he immediately fell in love with this fresh take on Irish traditional music. Together with Michael O’Domhnaill (ex Skara Brae), he formed Monroe, and supported Planxty on several tours during 72/73, subsequently releasing Celtic Folkweave before O’Domhnaill left to form the Bothy Band in 1975.

Hanly went to France for two years, and on his return to Ireland recorded two acclaimed solo albums for the Mulligan label with Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, and Declan Sinnott.

In 1983, Hanly joined Moving Hearts as a vocalist, and contributed his own songs to the album Live Hearts. He left the band after fourteen months, again to pursue his solo songwriting career, and recorded three more contemporary albums with Ringsend Road Records.

His album ‘All I Remember’ spawned the song ‘Past the Point of Rescue’, which was a huge hit in the US for country singer Hal Ketchum. The song recently received the BMI award for two million radio plays in the US.

His songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Delbert McClinton, etc, and he continues to write with a freshness and vitality that few can match.

In April 2016, he released Homeland, featuring ten new songs. His latest album, titled ‘Marathon’, is due in August.

Mick Hanly will be performing at ‘Festival Folk’ along with an impressive list of talented musicians, including Eleanor Shanley, Charlie McGettigan, and Leo Logan.

Tickets, priced at €30, are now on sale via the Abbey Hotel Box Office (09066 26240) or through Eventbrite (eventbrite.com/e/festival-folk-roscommon-tickets-819265734867).