Venture to The Dock for a night of traditional music

The Venture trio bring their style of music to Carrick-on-Shannon on February 13

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Venture to The Dock for a night of traditional music

The Venture trio bring their style of music to Carrick-on-Shannon on February 13

More great traditional music this week at The Dock is brought by Venture tonight, Wednesday, February 13.


The band started after a conversation between Dave Munnelly, Anne Brennan and Joseph McNulty about working on some new arrangements and ideas for the voice and accordion and fiddle.


The trio love making new arrangements for old music whilst composing new melodies keeping in mind the unique sound produced by voice accordion and fiddle keeping to non conventional new sounds in the process.
David Munnelly (accordion) from Mayo is widely regarded as one of the most influential Irish accordion players of his generation: he has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains, and for 15 years fronted The David Munnelly Band. In recent years, his skills as a composer and arranger have come to the fore and David now works on a wide variety of music projects.


Anne Brennan (vocals) is from Maam in north Connemara. Anne is a member of the well known and distinguished group The Brennan Sisters. Anne comes from a family steeped in traditional music and song and has toured throughout Ireland and Europe as a solo artist. Anne has shared the stage over the years with some of Ireland's most talented artists, including: Paul Brady, Sharon Shannon, Declan O’Rourke, Gerry O'Connor, Arty McGlynn, Steve Cooney, Mundy and Damien Dempsey to name but a few and continues to tour as a solo artist and with various bands throughout Ireland and Europe.


Joseph McNulty (fiddle) is an accomplished musician on both fiddle and bodhran. He credits a lot of his success to having spent years in the company of Peter Horan (RIP) who was regarded as one of Sligo’s finest musicians. He was almost 70 years Joseph’s senior and to Joseph he was more than a musician, he was also a mentor.
Joseph is devoted to Irish culture and when he was 15 left his native home in Mayo to immerse himself in Irish culture living in Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Arann Islands where he continued his education and became fluent in the Irish language.
Joseph began to play traditional Irish music at a competitive level at a young age and by the age of 14 had won five all-Ireland titles and four world titles.


Most recently Joseph has toured with Ragús in mainland Europe and has spent time working in the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. He also teaches both fiddle and bodhran and spends much of the summer teaching in summer schools passing on his love and understanding of Irish music.
Tickets for this gig are €16 and are available now on (071) 96 50828 or www.thedock.ie