B i o g r a p h y

Cliodhna (Cli) Donnellan, native of Mountshannon, Co. Clare  is an Irish traditional fliddle player , facilitator and producer.  She founded and ran the Mountshannon Trad Festival for ten years (2010-2019).  Cli hosts a weekly traditional Irish music radio show  "The Morning Dew"  for Scariff Baby Community Radio 88.3 FM 92.7 FM.

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. 


The album "comes highly recommended" by Irish Music Magazine stating that "In a time where we have witnessed so much post-production in the studio, its refreshing to hear an album that pares this back to the core." 


Siobhan Peoples describes "that steady pace, deep sound and atmosphere that can only be replicated by people who know it in their DNA.  This is a charming CD in many ways, wonderful versions of tunes and musicianship abound."

Cli concluded  ten years study, part-time lecturing and coordinating position with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with a Dr. of Philosophy in 2018.

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.   

Cli works with individuals and groups at her home at the foothills of Lough Derg in East Clare and online through Skype, WhatsApp or email on a range of topics from East Clare fiddle music, to connecting with legacy, to practical tools to enhance creative expression.

Cli also works with organizations/individuals on creative arts projects.  You can send any queries/bookings to cliopatricia@gmail.com