B i o g r a p h y
Cliodhna (Cli) Donnellan, native of Mountshannon, Co. Clare is an Irish traditional fliddle player, facilitator, producer and proprietor of Turas House/An Stábla. She founded and ran the Mountshannon Trad Festival for ten years (2010-2019). Cli produced and presented a live weekly Irish traditional music radio show "The Morning Dew" for Scariff Baby Community Radio 88.3 FM 92.7 FM from 2019-2021.
Cli is an exponent of East Clare style fiddle playing. She describes her music style as that of an older era and is deeply rooted and influenced by her native landscape. Cli produced and released her debut album "Beneath the Hedgerow" October 1st, 2020. In September 2019, she relaunched an archival CD production entitled "Songs my father sang" - a compilation of remastered songs from old tape recordings of the late Sean Donnellan.
In 2021, An Stábla renovation project began in conjunction with the development of work from Cli's place - Turas House. At An Stábla, a number music related activities take place in this rustic atmosphere, as in years gone by, with stunning views of the round tower of Iniscealtra (Holy Island). The property is situated in the Slieve Aughty Mountain protected area, boasting panoramic views of Lough Derg. A few steps away, at the main residence (Turas House), Cli facilitates a number of workshops with individuals and groups throughout the year.
Working with a deep passion for the ever evolving journey of 'self' Cli's Ph.D. in Philosophy (a self reflective Arts Practice Study) created a basic framework around concepts of engagement. However, it is through her own life experience and practices that Cli draws on while working with clients. She places emphasis on creative awareness, establishing perceptions about 'self', letting go negative patterns, offering tools specific to each individual.
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