I loved the fiddle playing of Brendan Gunn, Andy Dixon and Deirdre Shannon all living in Belfast. At the same time I was singing rock and roll. With The TV Dinners, Belfast's benefit band of the 1980's, and bluegrass with the Black Mountain String Band. I eventually found my way back to myself and began to paddle the uncharted waters of writing and singing my own songs something I had often said I'd never do.' Martin is a powerful and experienced performer and has toured extensively in Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland , as well as in Holland and Norway.
The first of his two albums, 'Stone and Light', was released on the Round Tower label 1995. The second, 'Earthbound' (2002), is available through Outlet Distribution. Donnelly has also two CD singles, the first commissioned by the National Trust and named "Spirit of Place'. The second was for the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and is named 'Brentsong'.
The songs reflect his life-long connection with the land, sea and skies with the north of Ireland and yet the themes and the images created by the lyrics have a universal quality which transcends borders, islands, nations. The spirit of the music is such that it has moved the serious pagan and the devout Christian to write to him to thank him for his songs .'The Green Man' and 'Caolaidh's Song' are available in sheet music arranged for choirs from Earthsongs in Oregon USA. The artist may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org See also live performance of The Green Man on martindonnellymus channel on youtube Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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