If Celtic music were to have superstars, Michael McGoldrick might be one. Tønder Festival audiences know him well, since he has played here many times, most recently at a sell-out concert in Schweizerhalle / Tønder Culture Centre in August 2021 with John Doyle and John McCusker. Michael McGoldrick is now coming back with a special concept concert, celebrating that twenty years have passed since the release of his album Fused from 2000. The album was exceptionally finely reviewed when it appeared twenty years ago. They called it a masterpiece, Michael McGoldrick mixing with supreme confidence traditional folk music with trance, jazz and world music.
The band at this anniversary concert, besides Michael McGoldrick himself, is Donald Shaw, accordion; Dezi Donelly, violin; James Mackintosh, drums; Ewen Vernal, bass; Ed Boyd, guitar; Karen Matheson, vocal; Alan Kelly, guitar and vocal and Neil Yates, trumpet and tin whistle. Michael McGoldrick is a multi-instrumentalist, virtuoso on flute, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, bodhrán, guitar and cittern, as well as composing and producing. He was born in Manchester in 1971, helped start Flook and has played in Lúnasa, Capercaillie, Kate Rusby, Afro Celt Sound System and with Mark Knopfler. Their only Danish festival concert in 2022.