Dundalk musician in Christmas TV Special

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Dundalk fiddle player Zoë Conway is part of Geantraí na Nollag on TG4 on Christmas day.

Dundalk fiddle player Zoë Conway is part of Geantraí na Nollag on TG4 on Christmas day.

The programme, which was pre-recorded at the start of December, will be presented by Cork singer John Spillane and also features Oireachtas winners’ singer Máire Ní Chéilleachair and step dancer Proinsias Ó hIarnáin.

John Spillane will duet with Máire Ní Chéilleachair for ‘Cill Chais’ and then joins Mairtín O’Connor, Zoë Conway and Dónal Lunny for ‘Seamuisín’.

Zoë will also join fellow all Ireland fiddle champions Tara Breen and Lydia Warnock for a set of reels and before teaming up with Mairtín O’Connor and Dónal Lunny for Mairtín’s lively ‘Trip to Gort’.

The High Kings will perform the sea shanty ‘Johnny Leave her’, the classic ‘McAlpines Fusiliers’ and will be joined for the finale by most of the musicians and singers from the programme for ‘The Parting Glass’.

At First Light will also perform one of their own compositions as well as a macaronic version of the traditional song Ard Uí Chuain.

Zoë, who has been playing the violin since she was eight years old has come to be known as one of Ireland’s most gifted young musicians and has toured worldwide and appeared in many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York, The Kremlin Palace, Moscow and The National Concert Hall, Dublin.

The former Dun Lughaigh student is a versatile instrumentalist which has allowed her to perform across a broad range of genres, from guest soloist with world renowned orchestras, to touring with Riverdance and working with mainstream international acts such as Rodrigo y Gabriella, Damien Rice, Nick Cave and Lou Reed among others.

Zoë is from Dundalk but now lives in Carlingford with her husband and fellow local musician John McIntyre, with whom she tours regularly with.

The duo recently released their first studio album entitled Go Mairir I Bhfad (Long Life To You).

For this album, the musical couple commissioned twelve leading Irish composers including Liz Carroll, Steve Cooney, Frankie Gavin and Andy Irvine, who each composed a piece for fiddle and guitar with the aim of collectively presenting a snapshot of traditional Irish music alive today.

Don’t miss the chance to catch one of Dundalk’s most renowned musicians in action and tune into Geantraí na Nollag on TG4 on Christmas Day at 9.15pm.

For further information visit www.zoeconway.com.