Clíodhna (Cli) Donnellan, native of Mountshannon, Co. Clare is an Irish traditional musician, creative arts facilitator, producer and broadcaster.
Clíodhna released her debut album “Beneath the Hedgerow” Irish traditional fiddle music, in October 1st, 2020. One of her compositions that feature on the album entitled ‘The Legacy’ (Air) has been published by Faber Music first publication of “Folk Tunes from the Women”, a book of music compositions by 100 female composers across Britain and Ireland. Clíodhna received the Arts Council Agility Award in 2021 to develop her artistic compositional skills. Since then, she has been building on new material as a contemporary traditional artist in response to her changing environment.
Having received a Ph.D. from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 2018, through Arts Practice, Clíodhna has been working as a creative consultant within the arts sector for the past 5 years. Her work focuses on the holistic approach to arts practice and how we can enhance our performance experience. Her native home, situated in the Slieve Aughty mountain protected area of East Clare continues to inspire her personal and creative journey.
Clíodhna is currently on the peer panel of the Arts Council of Ireland and is a mentor with Minding Creative Minds (MCM). She has produced and curated a number of themed music events in East Clare through various funding opportunities presented by Clare County Council.
She is currently researching and producing a commissioned radio documentary show for Scariff Bay Community Radio on the legacy of the longest running Thursday session in Ireland at Shortt’s, Feakle, Co. Clare. This feature radio documentary will be aired on Scariff Bay Community Radio on Sunday 18th February, 2024,with a longer podcast series to follow.