Siobhán O' Donnell
Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Siobhan O’Donnell is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Co.Sligo.
She started learning music from the age of nine and was greatly influenced by the local South Sligo style of traditional music and song, learning tunes on the whistle and fiddle from her father Colm.
She picked up the Bodhrán (by accident) one Summer when she found one in her grandmother’s house belonging to her Auntie who had emigrated to Boston. She played along to her Dad’s album for hours on end listening to two old friends of his that played the bodhrán (hand style) on some tracks; once she was able to keep up, that was is it, she was ‘hooked’ for life!
Over the next few years she competed in the Fleadh Ceoil competitions winning multiple All- Ireland titles in Music, Singing, and won the coveted Senior All-Ireland Bodhran title in 2005.
Siobhan is a well respected Bodhran player and Teacher. She has been invited to teach the Bodhran at music workshops and festivals across the world, some include: South Sligo Summer School (Tubbercurry), Joe Mooney Summer School (Drumshanbo), Craiceann (Bodhran School, Aran Islands), Ceol Aneas (NZ), National Folk Festival (Australia), Brittany Winter School (France), Celtic C’imes (Italy), Belfast Tradfest, (Belfast) to name but a few.