ONE of the most influential guiding hands of the Irish folk scene steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
Nearly everywhere you look in the development of Irish folk music in the last forty years you’ll find the hand of Declan Sinnott.
He was a founding member of both Horslips and Moving Hearts, spent 13 years guiding the career of Mary Black and played guitar for folk luminaries including Mary Black, Sinead Lohan, John Spillane and the great Christy Moore.
Remarkably, at the age of 61, the release of ‘I Love The Noise It Makes’ this September marked his debut solo album.
“The record I’ve made is very much me. he idea that the person singing the song also wrote the song has always seemed to me to be the ideal.
“I could never see myself recording an album of cover versions and that may be one of the reasons I was so slow to make an album,” said Declan.
After a lifetime of shaping, nurturing and influencing the music of others the opportunity to see and hear a legend reveal his own personal sound is to be savoured.
Declan Sinnott plays The Balor, Ballybofey this Saturday, October 20, at 8.30pm. Support on the night comes from talented Strabane singer-songwriter Paul Tully.
Admission is €15 and tickets are available from the Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or online at www.balorartscentre.com.