King House concert held

Jigs and Reels continues at King House this weekend

with three more great performers


King House is set to come alive with the sound of music when Roscommon native, Maggie Carty is joined for a night of traditional music and song by Donal McCague and Francis Gaffney on Saturday evening, July 12th.

Maggie Carty hails from the musical Carty family of Ballinameen and is a singer and banjo player. She has performed alongside Donal Lunny and with the John Carty festival band as well as performing extensively throughout Ireland.

Joining Maggie is Monaghan man Dónal McCague, one of the rising stars of the fiddle. He was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year for 2013 and has performed on stage with Brian McGrath, Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples and Sharon Shannon, to name but a few. He is well known for his vibrant, lively and highly ornamented style, as well as his pulsating rhythm and solid technique. He has filled in for Oisín MacDiarmada with world-renowned trad band, Téada. In 2011 he released his début solo CD entitled Bits ’n Pieces. Oisín Mac Diarmada wrote in the sleevenotes “Dónal has developed into a fiddler of great expressivity, playing music adorned with an incredible amount of detail and thought”.

Completing the trio is Francis Gaffney, a renowned guitarist and singer, who has recently completed the Network Tour of Ireland with Dirk Powell, Mike McGoldrick and Brendan Gleeson. Francis has also toured and recorded with artists such as John Carty, Alec Finn and Arty McGlynn.

This Trio have performed together on numerous occasions, including a performance at Boyle Arts Festival a number of years ago and now they make a welcome return to King House as part of the House’s summer programme of events, run in conjunction with Roscommon County Council. Tickets are priced at just €12 and can now be purchased at the reception desk in King House or via Roscommon Arts Centre (0906 625824). Tickets can also be purchased online at



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