First listen to the new Dónal Clancy album 'On the Lonesome Plain'

This is a first listen to a track from the new release by Dónal Clancy, an acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer. On the Lonesome Plain features a mix of seven vocal tracks and six guitar instrumentals, including two of his own compositions A Strike for Victory commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and an instrumental piece entitled Máirseáil na Conrach, inspired by the dramatic beauty of West Kerry.

Donál co-founded the group Danú, spent a period in New York where he contributed to a number of albums and tours for a number of high-profile artists, was guest guitarist with The Chieftains and played with Solas. In 2003 he re-joined Danú and now lives back in Ireland.

“After the death of his father (the last remaining member of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem) he began to focus his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with his solo performances. In 2014, to much critical acclaim, he released an album dedicated to The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem entitled Songs of a Roving Blade.”

Check out the album on

Track listing

1. The Lowlands of Holland (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 3.56

2. The Green Fields of Canada (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) Máirseáil na Conrach (Dónal Clancy IMRO/MCPSI) 5.13

3. Drill, Ye Tarriers (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 3.57

4. Open the Door Softly (trad. with additional words by Archie Fisher, MCPS/PRS) 4.30

5. The Honorable Thomas Burke (Turlough O’Carolan) (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 3.16

6. The Waterford Waltz (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 3.43

7. Reynardine (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 3.55

8. Fling (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 2.23

9. Blackwater Side (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 4.18

10. Whiskey, You’re the Divil (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 2.35

11. Miss McDermott (Turlough O’Carolan) (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 4.45

12. Strike for Victory (Dónal Clancy, IMRO/MCPSI) 2.54

13. Idir Áird Mhór is Eochaill (trad.arr. Dónal Clancy) 3.04

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