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Noel Lenaghan in Concert
West Side Irish American Club
Olmsted Twp, OH
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Noel Lenaghan in Concert
Singer, songwriter, flute, tin whistle, mandolin and guitar player Noel Lenaghan is a musician whose work is steeped in the Irish tradition. Although he has a huge body of tunes and songs from the reservoir of Irish traditional music, his repertoire draws on a variety of sources including rarely performed songs from Galway, Mayo, Donegal, New Zealand, and his native town of Belfast.
Born and raised in Belfast, now living in Donegal, Noel was heavily influenced by the Irish traditional music renaissance that took place during the 60's and 70's and has recently released three solo albums, mostly of his own material, available on Waterbug records.
In the past, he has performed and recorded with such groups as The Different Drums of Ireland, Rakish Paddy, The Rambling Boys of Pleasure , A Moufthful of Tea Leaves, and the innovative Druid Soul Band.
Noel Lenaghan stands out from other traditional Irish musicians in that he plays traditional dance music in a style which is indigenous to a small area in the northwest of Ireland, East Donegal and West Fermanagh.
His repertoire includes songs from the 18th.century that have never been recorded by others and until recently have existed only in manuscript form. The studio recordings are produced without a high degree of gloss, emulating a live performance.
Noel is a teacher and accomplished performer on the Irish wooden flute.  He plays a hybrid of the Baroque inverse conical bore flute common in 18th.century Europe.  It is made of Rosewood and has three keys which makes it particularly suitable for Irish music especially the music indigenous to West Fermanagh and East Donegal.
Noel plays "A-model" 1917 Gibson mandolin in a style that he has developed to suit the intricacies of traditional Irish music.
Lengaghan's original material is in the unique ballad style of the northwest of Ireland and his compositions are in a form synonymous with this area.  Noel sings in a dialect of Irish which is peculiar to a very small area in Ireland.
Noel Lenaghan was educated at St. Malachy's College in Belfast.  An Irish speaker, Noel earned an Honors Degree in Irish Studies at University of Ulster, Coleraine, County Derry in 1997.  Noel teaches Irish language classes to teenage students in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
Lenaghan has performed at most of the major Irish music festivals including the Milwaukee Irish Fest; The Dublin (Ohio) Irish Fest; Celtic Connections Music Festival, Glasgow; West Belfast Community Festival; the Ardoyne Fleadh, the Boyle Arts Festival (Roscommon), the Ulster Fleadh Ceoil; the Connacht Fleadh Ceoil; and the 2013 All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil.  A Fleadh Ceoil is a festival and competition in celebration of Irish music and culture. ###


West Side Irish American Club (View)
8559 Jennings Road
Olmsted Twp, OH 44138
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Aug 25, 2013
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