Moondot music was established by Darren Mooney and Holly Lennon one year ago with many concepts in mind. Darren has all the technical expertise; building stringed instruments, speaker cabinets, wiring guitar electronics and cables and has an intuitive understanding of recording and performance equipment and methods. Being a musician himself and surrounded by music his entire life, growing up in Castleblayney and living in musical Galway, has led to the founding of this endeavour. Moondot have designed a range of high quality, while still affordable products for musicians: audio cables, tonewood picks, handwound magnetic pickups, as well as handcrafted guitars and basses. All carefully handmade in their workshop in Annyalla. Their aim is to provide a more ethical, higher quality alternative to large corporate guitar makers who outsource all their production and cut costs at every opportunity. The materials are selected with care and consideration for people and the planet, using local suppliers and ethically sourced materials where possible. They also do repair work for stringed instruments to counteract this throw away society. All the cables and instruments they make are built to last forever, in contrast to the planned obsolescence built into many mass produced products. All sounds good to us and should be an interesting presentation for all Monaghan musicians!
Joan Mallon is an artist based in Glaslough, County Monaghan. Her artistic achhievements begin in 1979 with her BA ( hons ) in Fashion and Textiles. In 1980 Joan held her 1st Exhibition “ 8 Artists “, in Monaghan County Museum. The launch of her painting career. In 1984 she displayed her work in Solo Exhibitions in The Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast. In 1985 she exhibited in the prestigious Soloman Gallery, Dublin, who were to become her agents. Hosting a Solo Show, two man show, and many group shows. From 1985 to 2001, The Royal Hibernian and Royal Ulster Academies. In1994 one of Joan’s paintings was selected for the Thomas Haverty Trust. A trust awarded to artists whose work showed great potential. She was also invited to exhibit in the Hibernian Academy’s Banquet Exhibition. In 1985 her work was accepted at the Portall Gallery, in London. In 1995 she became a member of the Society of British Illustrators. She completed a series of 12 paintings depicting the “ Great Hunger “ by Patrick Kavanagh. Paintings commissioned by the Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen. She was also Artist in Residence at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. Joan has paintings in many public collections which are too numerous to mention and indeed has been showing work in Solo and Group Shows for many years, again there are so many gallaries and exhibitions that we would need several programmes to get them all in: Now that you have seen the starting point, come along and catch with her present work at the July Showcase!
Willie Steenson has been enjoying wood turning for 20 years. A Monaghan man all his life, Willie had a kitchen manufacturing business for 40 years in the town. His love of working with wood is very evident and is a huge part of his life. He enjoys demonstrating his skills at the Tydavnet show and other local shows in the county and has become a regular feature at the Monaghan Farmers’ Market where his expertly crafted wood turning products are available at his stall.
Willie is always there to answer any questions or queries people may have. He also trys to accommodate any special request for gifts or customised orders. Willie also provides courses in wood turning for the ETB and has enjoyed sharing his skills with both Monaghan and Clones Men’s Sheds.
DD Ritch is a musical collaboration between two old school friends – Damien Sherry and David Mc Aree. Both hail from Ballinode, Co Monaghan. After losing touch for 15 years, both men decided to meet up to play a few tunes in Mc Aree’s egg-box cladded loft one blustery Friday evening, just to see what would happen. It was worth it – the chemistry was electric and there was no looking back.
Both lads have big voices, an ear for melody and together create colourfulharmonies. They appreciate acoustic guitars, simple electro beats and the clever use of synth. With this eclectic combination they know they are onto something special. Sherry is a well established artist who has played countless gigs on the Irish musical circuit with some of the best musicians around. He has also appeared on online stations such as “Bandwagontv” and “Irishtv”, and is a recognised songwriting talent.
Mc Aree played in the renowned Monaghan rock band “Morello”, which reached number 20 in the Irish charts and toured the USA for two years. He brings the mature songwriting approach and the electro influence to the table. But DD Ritchs pure brilliance is their mish-mash of simplicity, great acoustic songwriting and unique harmonies. Influences include everything from Alt-J, Yoav, The XX, Lykke Li, Caribou, the Beatles to Johnny Cash.