Donna Harkin – Button Accordion
Donna is recognised as an accomplished musician of the traditional Irish music genre, she has played with many of the greats from within the tradition and has recorded for a number of artistes as well as having performed for both television and radio. Donna has been playing on the national and international circuits for 22 years and among her many trips she has been to Europe a number of times, most recently as a coordinator and teacher at the George Caruthers music school in Elmstein, Germany. She has toured in Romania, Germany, Spain, Canada and Africa, and has trips pending in Canada, the Shetland Islands and USA.
Donna graduated From Magee University in June 2011 with an honours degree in Music (Bmus).Donna released her debut CD in the autumn of 2010 – ‘Tell it Like it is’ – an honest and worthy collection of musical favourites drawn from her years of performance and it includes a number of her own compositions as well as familiar stalwarts from the rich Irish tradition.
Edel comes from Burnfoot in Inishowen, Co. Donegal. She graduated with a first class honours in her BA/BMus degree at University College Cork and became immersed in the vibrant music scene there. Edel was successful at the Fleadh Cheoil many times in younger age groups, winning the Senior All Ireland titles in Piano Accordion and Tin Whistle Slow Airs in 2008, and later the Piano title in 2013 in Derry. She worked for a short time at the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. Her music has brought her to different parts of the world including the Shetland Islands, San Francisco, Norway, Spain, Lithuania and most recently to the renowned Milwaukee Irish Festival last year. She has recorded on albums with Edel Sullivan, Karl Nesbitt, Dinny Mc Laughlin, Josie Nugent and Brian Stafford. Edel enjoys composing her own tunes; a couple of these have been recorded by acclaimed all-female group, Líadan, with whom she toured Germany in 2015. Edel recently graduated with a MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick. She teaches Music at the Rosses Community School in Dungloe, Co. Donegal.