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B i o g r a p h y

Cliodhna (Cli) Donnellan, native of Mountshannon, Co. Clare  is an Irish traditional musician, facilitator, producer and curator.  She founded and coordinated the Mountshannon Trad Festival for ten years (2010-2019).   Cli produced and presented  a weekly live Irish traditional music radio show  "The Morning Dew"  for Scariff Bay Community Radio from 2019-2021. With a Ph.D Philosophy (2018) from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick, Cli also coordinated the Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance program 2014-2018.    

Cli describes her music style as that of an older era and is deeply rooted and influenced by the surrounding landscape of East Clare. She produced and released her debut album "Beneath the Hedgerow" October 1st, 2020.  


How can we use our 'instrument' to excavate the depth of our creative possibility and be inspired to connect more deeply with our unique 'voice' or 'sound'?  Cli uses her instrument to guide and inform her work. Cli has devised programs that takes the individual on a journey of self discovery, looking at ways to enhance the performance experience, change limiting self-perceptions, develop healthy performance practices and create space for alternative project ideas and collaborations to emerge.   

Cli is currently on the peer panel of the Arts Council of Ireland and is a mentor with Minding Creative Minds (MCM).  She continues to promote and produce music events in East Clare through various funding opportunities presented by Clare County Council, in collaboration with Mountshannon Arts Festival. 

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