Deirdre and Ella McGrory are sisters from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. Coming from a musical family, the girls have been involved in Irish Traditional Music from a young age. Deirdre sings and plays the whistle. Ella plays the fiddle and piano. Both Deirdre and Ella are students of the Irish World Academy of University of Limerick, from which Deirdre has recently graduated. They have been involved in musical groups for years and have extensive performance experience throughout Ireland and GB. 

'Loinnir'  is the first studio recording from the sister duo and is a collection of songs that they love. This record has a mixture of traditional and folk songs and a blend of contemporary accompaniment. 'Loinnir' encapsulates their favourite aspects of music from their childhood. 



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Loinnir; meaning brightness, brilliance, radiance or sparkle. All of these words aptly describe the beautiful music of Deirdre and Ella McGrory. From the opening notes of Ella’s eloquent piano playing to Deirdre’s captivating voice, these young women show a depth of maturity in their performances and approach. Yet, they are more than that. They make the music their own, bringing a contemporary sound which breathes new life into the old, just as the tradition should evolve, and develop making it meaningful and alive for every new generation. Mo cheol sibh!” - Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh