Clare musician Cliodhna Donnellan grew up in Mountshannon in a house that appreciated traditional music, song and dance. Her late father Sean Donnellan was a noted traditional singer, in 2004 in tribute to him she produced an archival CD of his singing titled “Songs My Father Sang”. Cliodhna teaches fiddle in Mountshannon and is a great believer in promoting music within the community. In 2010 she established the Mountshannon Traditional Music Festival, which this year celebrates its 6th anniversary. Through her work and studies at the Irish Academy of World Music and Dance she has collaborated and performed with a host of Irish traditional musicians. In 2014 she performed with the Kincora music group at Milwaukee Irish Festival.
Cliodhna graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with a Master of Arts in Irish Traditional Music Performance and a Master of Arts in Community Music. Cliodhna is currently engaged in her Arts Practice PhD study at the academy and is assistant Coordinator to Sandra Joyce on the Master of Arts in Irish Traditional Performance program 2014/15. The title of her study is “The phenomenology of performance anxiety in traditional Irish music formal performance settings”.