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Liam O'Maonlai Live in Castlebar
By Magno's Live
1, Jul 2009 - 12:48

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Liam Ó Maonlaí

Born in 1964 mount Carmel Hospital. His Mother Eithne Lydon was a trained pianist and Actor from Galway. Her Father was also a passionate piano player who bought his own piano at the age of 19. Liam grew up with this piano in the house. It was on this piano he discovered a deep sense of musical satisfaction. Liam’s father taught him to sing in his native tongue. 'He transmitted a love to me that no book or teacher could' the love was of humanity expressed through culture. Liam recognises the huge importance of culture in the development of the human species. 'We are connected. It has been said again and again and again. God knows the ecstasy that lies ahead. When the penny drops and we realise the wealth in music and culture the world over. The flowering of all life'

  Liam Ó Maonlaí

In 1981 he won the all Ireland final as bódhran player under 18. He has been a finalist on the tin whistle, piano and as a singer many years over. In Athlone he entered a group of dancers and led them to victory in a set dancing all Ireland. In Ennis in 1985 he and Fiachna Ó Braonain ,with the enchanting presence of Maria Doyle Kennedy won a music award called Gradam Shlogadh. They had put together a rhythm and blues group with all songs written in Irish. This was the seed beginning of Hothouse Flowers, which went on to be one of Ireland’s most successful rock bands and released seven albums.All through the Hothouse Flowers years, Liam remained faithful to his traditional roots. 'Traditional music does not belong to me. I belong to it. The same as the land.'

Liam recorded the album Rian with his close friend, renowned producer John Reynolds in 2002. It was  released in Ireland November 2005 and is also being released America, Canada, Japan, UK and Europe. He is releasing the album through Rian Records his own label.

Liam went to Mali in January 2006 where he played at the renowned Desert festival with Uillean Piper Paddy Keenan and participated in the making of a documentary. Himself and Paddy played with musicians from the greater region from very well known artists to local tribes people. It was an amazing experience of communication between distant people and races through the medium of music, and he learnt of the close relationship the Irish harp and the African Kora.

  Liam Ó Maonlaí

Liam has also travelled extensively in Australia, Japan, America, Europe, Scandinavia, Morocco and India and has played and continues to play with the traditional players of these places. 'I believe the style known as séan nos, carries a sense of the soul of the land and the people who are awake in that land. I feel, when in the company of other cultures, the singing of this style opens a window into what it is that connects us. Every country has it's own séan nos.'

'words particularly English words are not enough. They have been used to lie on a grand scale. They continue to be used to manipulate and confuse. Music has a purpose that remains to be seen. The potential is beyond imagination. '


Magno's Live is proud to announce that Liam O Maonlai performs for One Night Only in Castlebar on Friday 17th July 09.  


Venue: Magno's Live, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Date: Friday 17th July 2009

Doors: 8.30pm sharp!


Book Tickets now to avaoid disappointment!

Magno's Live, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

094 9038550


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