David MUNNELLY

David Munnelly is form the most westerly town of Belmullet in County Mayo and born into a musical family growing up listening to the singing and accordion playing of his Grandmother and the lilting of his grandfather he was surrounded by music from very early on.  

At the age of 7 David picked up the accordion from listening to the playing of an Uncle and from there continued to show great interest in Traditional music.  

After going to college in Dublin for a few years David was fortunate to be asked to join a band with Niamh Parsons whom he toured with for six years and after a few years playing and touring with such notaries as Gerry O Connor, Garry o Brian, Dedannan and the Chieftains in 1999 he set up the David Munnelly band with the recording of his debut Cd titled Swing. 

Over the years and recording three other band CDs David and the band have toured extensively in North America, Europe and Japan and with some changes to the line up to the band they continue to tour and promote the unique sound of Irish music that they started with over 10 years ago.

 

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Originaire de Belmullet, à l’Ouest de l’Irlande (Mayo) et d’une famille de musiciens, David Munnelly joue de l’accordéon depuis l’âge de sept ans. Particulièrement influencé par l’énergie de la musique irlandaise des années 1920 à 1930 ainsi que par les chansons traditionnelles, il collabore avec de multiples artistes irlandais légendaires tels que The Chieftains, De Danaan, ou encore avec Philippe Masure, l’un des guitaristes les plus prisés de la scène celtique. Il enregistre son premier album "Swing" en 2001 avec son propre groupe DMB (David Munelly Band), puis "By Heck" en 2004 et fait des tournées en Europe, Amérique du Nord, Japon, Canada. Il a reçu l’Award du compositeur de l’année pour la bande originale de TG4 (Irish language television) en 2004 ainsi qu’en 2005. Son quatrième album s’est vu décerner le titre de "Instrumental and vocal recording of the decade".