Don Stiffe to play intimate gig in Liscannor

Don Stiffe to play intimate gig in Liscannor

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Don Stiffe

Music lovers in Clare are in for a treat this coming Sunday evening July 14th with Don Stiffe, who is one of Ireland’s most respected musicians and songwriters, set to perform an intimate gig.

The gig is part of the Anam Music series of concerts. Anam was founded by Ennistymon music lover Pat Ryan with musician and Clare FM presenter Eoin O’Neill, was created to offer a unique family-friendly listening experience for people who are passionate about good music. Previous Anam Music gigs with John Spillane and Declan Sinnott attracted rave reviews and listeners are sure to enjoy what looks set to be another great evening.

Don Stiffe is one of the greatest singer-songwriters to have emerged on the Irish Folk Scene in recent years, receiving critical acclaim and awards both at home and abroad. Don is a passionate and talented singer whose impressive performance style has moved audiences all over the world.

Stiffe’s version of the “Dimming of the Day”, by Richard Thompson won “Vocal Cut of the Year’ at the Live Ireland 2010 Awards.  This song featured on his debut solo album, “Start of a Dream, which was originally released in 2006, achieving much critical acclaim. The renowned Irish Music Magazine described the musical quality of the album as being “in the Premier League”. The array of talented musicians playing on the album are a testament to the respect that is held for Don in the Irish Music world, with guest performances from Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Arty McGlynn, Cathal Hayden and Carl Hession, to name but a few.

Musician and broadcaster Eoin O’Neill is a founding member of Anam Music

In 2011 Don was a finalist in one of Ireland’s most watched TV shows, The All Ireland Talent Show, with live audiences of up to 800,000 people. His profile was raised significantly by taking part in this show and was further raised when he won yet another award at the Live Ireland 2011 Awards, this time for his song, “Somebody Special”, sung by Matt Keane, which was crowned Song of the Year from the Live Ireland Awards.

Don Stiffe performs as part of the Anan Music series at the Cliffs of Moher Hotel in Liscannor at 7pm on Sunday May 19th at 7pm. Tickets are priced €15 + booking fee and are available online via Eventbrite.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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