Mick Hanly was born in Limerick, a singer-songwriter who was inspired by 50s rock ‘n’ roll & 60’s folk before turning to the Irish traditional music of his youth. Together with Mícheál O’Domhnaill, he formed Monroe, and supported Planxty on their 1973 tour, subsequently releasing the seminal album Folk Weave. Hanly then recorded two acclaimed solo albums with Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Declan Sinnott and toured Europe. In 1981, Hanly joined Moving Hearts as a vocalist, and contributed his own songs to Live Hearts. His songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Mary Black and country singer Hal Ketchum, who took Hanly’s ‘Past the Point of Rescue’ into the Top 10 of the US country chart in 1993.
Dónal Lunny Guitar and bouzouki player is one of the pioneers of the Irish folk music revival. He has been at the cutting edge of the evolution of Irish Music for thirty years and is generally regarded by musicians and those involved with music, to have been central to this movement. Dónal formed Emmet Spiceland in the late sixties. He went on to co-found Planxty (1971-1973) arguably the most innovative Irish band of its time. Planxty combined songs with dance tunes,which revolutionised the public’s attitude to traditional music. Its influence can be heard in many subsequent bands like The Chieftans and The Waterboys.
In 1973 he co-founded Mulligan Records and went on to produce 17 albums for the label over the years. His next involvement was with the Bothy Band (1975-1979). In 1979 Planxty reformed and Dónal produced their three resulting albums. Then, in 1982 along with Christy Moore, he formed one of the most successful trad-rock bands Moving Hearts and produced their three studio albums.