David Munnelly (accordion, piano), Philip Masure (guitar, cittern) and Helen Flaherty (vocals, bodhran) have been playing music together for over a decade.
They have toured intensively over Europe and the US.
As a trio they released the album Whenever.
(The Button Accordion and Piano from Munnelly and sensitive, driving Guitar and cittern from Masure with the voice of Helen Flaherty that was described by Celtic Beat Music Magazine as "musical poetry" fuses together to give a very unique dynamic, and harmonically rich sound.°
For this band they teamed up with Siard De Jong, an amazingly talented musician who adds fiddle, mandolin and whistle to the band, and Fons Vanhamel on double bass.
"Pure Irish magic!" Karsten Linde, Irish folk festival, Germany
Born into a musical family growing up listening to the singing and accordion playing of his Grandmother and the lilting of his grandfather he was surrounded by music from very early on. At the age of 7 David picked up the accordion from listening to the playing of an Uncle and from there continued to show great interest in Traditional music.
After going to college in Dublin for a few years David was fortunate to be asked to join a band with Niamh Parsons whom he toured with for six years and after a few years playing and touring with such notaries as Gerry O Connor, Garry o Brian, De Dannan and the Chieftains in 1999 he set up the David Munnelly band with the recording of his debut Cd titled Swing.
Over the years and recording three other band CDs David and the band have toured extensively in North America, Europe and Japan and with some changes to the line up to the band they continue to tour and promote the unique sound of Irish music that they started with over 10 years ago.
'superb guitarist, one of the best in Europe' Odense Folk Festival
'The mastery of Philip Masure on guitar is evident', The Irish Post
Although Philip plays a number of instruments, he is mostly known as a guitar player. He has specialised in open-tuning (DADGAD) and has played and recorded with numerous bands including Orion, Laïs, Carlene Anglim (winner BBC2 Young Tradition Award), Mugar, Floes, Garva, ….
He is also a member of Urban Trad (2nd in the Eurovision in 2003) and the international groep Comas.
Philip has been giving workshops all over the world, and has become 'one of the most sought-after guitarists on the Celtic scene' (Irish Post).
Philip is also in great demand as a studio musician (more than 100 albums) and producer (20 albums).
"Vocal Poetary" Celtic Beat, Folk Music Magazine, USA
Helen is a Scottish singer and bodhran player, living in Antwerp. Helen's repertoire consists of both traditional and recent compositions in the traditional vein.
She released a solo CD "Oft times I've been cheery" featuring all the band members and musicians like Daithi Rua, Sylvain Barou, Aidan Burke, Jackie Moran.
Helen is also a member of the Irish/Scottish Group Shantalla, has appeared as a guest vocalist with The Dave Munnelly Band on the Irish Unplugged Tour, has toured and recorded with Philip Masure and has recorded with the Sean nós singer, Mairtin Tom Sheainin.
SIARD DE JONG