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Dónal Lunny: biographical information
- Dónal Lunny
- "Lunny has been at the forefront of the evolution of Irish traditional music for more than thirty-five years and has participated within the renaissance of that genre during that period." 
- Lunny was-born March 10, 1947 in Tullamore.
- His family moved to Newbridge, County Kildare.
- As a teenager, Lunny joined a band called Rakes of Kildare, with
Christy Moore — beginning their long association.
- I was at his house once …
- Circa 1965, Dónal plays in different bands, including the Parnell Folk Group and
the Emmet Folk Group, both with
- In February, the Emmet Folk Group (Dónal Lunny, Mick Moloney & Brian Bolger) comes in 2nd at the Wexford Ballad Competition.
- First place goes to the Johnstons — of which, Moloney will became a member.
- Mick Moloney leaves the Emmet Folk Group to join
- Dónal Lunny & Brian Bolger join forces with The Spicelanders, brothers Mick & Brian Byrne, to form
- Emmet Spiceland wins the Wexford Ballad contest, which leads to a recording deal.
- In December, Brian Bolger leaves the group.
- In February, Emmet Spiceland's debut single "Mary From Dunloe" tops the Irish singles chart.
- In May, the group's second single, "Baidin Fheidhlimi", also makes the top 10 in Ireland.
- The group releases their only album, The First … — produced by Phil Coulter.
- Emmet Spiceland releases 2 more singles:
- Dónal Lunny leaves the group. 
- Lunny, Irvine, O'Flynn and Moore form Plantxy, one of the most influential bands in Irish music.
- Planxty releases 2 singles:
- Planxty releases their first 2 albums:
- Dónal Lunny leaves Planxty in July.
- Planxty releases one more album, during this period,
Cold Blow and the Rainy Night.
- This is the only Planxty album without
Dónal as an official member.
- However, he does play on the album and contributes with the mixing.
- Johnny Moynihan replaces
- Lunny forms the Bothy Band, the second of his very influential Irish bands.
- The Bothy Band makes its debut on February 2nd at Trinity College, Dublin.
- The group releases their first self-title album, which receives critical acclaim and establishes their reputation as a significant musical force in Irish traditional music.
- The Bothy Band releases a live album,
After Hours (Live in Paris), and the groups disbands.
- The four original members, along with Matt Molly, reform Planxty.
- Planxty releases After The Break.
- Molloy leaves the group in the fall to join The Chieftains.
- Planxty releases The Woman I Loved So Well.
- Matt Molloy, Noel Hill, Tony Linnane & Bill Whelan also play on this album
- Dónal, along with Christy Moore, Matt Molly,
Mick Hanly and others, take part in the LP,
H-Block — an
album "to give support to the men and women on the Blanket in the H. Blocks and Armagh Jails". 
- Lunny and Moore also produce the album.
- Chirsty Moore and Dónal Lunny form Moving Hearts, playing their first gig in The Baggot Inn, Dublin in February.
- The Timedance EP is released.
- This was music — written by Dónal Lunny & Bill Whelan — specially commissioned for Eurovision (April) 1981, and features
- Bill Whelan and Nollalg Casey join Planxty on this release.
- Timedance was the genesis for what Whelan would later develop into Riverdance.
- Recorded in summer, Moving Hearts release their first
- For a period Lunny and Moore continue to record and perform with both
Planxty and Moving Hearts.
- The Gathering is released.
- "Recorded in 1977 as a favour for Diane Meek (née Hamilton)", the album features,
Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, etc. 
- Moving Hearts' 2nd album,
Dark End Of The Street, is released.
- The original 4-piece line up of Planxty play their last show together (at this time) on the 24th of August 1982, at the National Stadium in Dublin.
- Dónal leaves Planxty to concentrate on
- Christy leaves both groups to concentrate on solo career.
- Recorded in the fall of 1982, Words and Music is released, the last Planxty album for 21 years.
- Bill Whelan, James Kelly, Nollaig Casey & Eoghan O'Neill also play on this recording
- Mick Hanly joins as Moving Hearts' new vocalist, and the group releases their next album,
- Mick Hanly leaves Moving Hearts and is replaced on vocals by Flo McSweeney, then Anto Drennan.
- At some point (in 1984), Moving Hearts performs as an instrumental group, before the band ceases touring by the end of the year.
- Dónal accepts an invitation to join Andy Irvine's band "Mosaic" — "made up of musicians from various different European countries".
- The band plays a series on summer concerts, before breaking up. -ANDY IRVINE, January 2002 
- Moving Hearts releases the all instrumental album,
The Storm, more than likely recorded in 1984.
- Between the break up of Moving Hearts through
Planxty reunion in 2003 —
Donal Lunny is
involved some 200 plus recordings, as producer, writer, arranger and musician.
- Lunny records a self-titled solo album, which includes many guest musicians playing his music and arrangements.
- The album
Coolfin is released — a concept is similar to the 1987 LP, Dónal Lunny.
- In March, the RTÉ alternative-music TV show "No Disco" aired a one-hour
Planxty documentary, by Leagues O'Toole.
- On October 11th, Planxty play a one-off, unannounced gig in The Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, for about 200 people.
- The four original members Planxty tour again, playing shows in Dublin, Belfast and County Clare.
- Planxty Live 2004, from concerts at Vicar St., Dublin, is released on CD and DVD.
- Lunny joins Andy Irvine's second multi-cultural band, "Mozaik"
- Same name (as the 1985 band) — different spelling and group members.
- Mozaik releases the album,
Live from the Powerhouse.
- Planxty, featuring: Moore, O'Flynn, Irvine and
Lunny, play their last concerts to date.
- Mozaik release their 2nd (and last album to date),
- Moving Hearts reforms as an all instrumental band — playing their
first concerts in February at Vicar Street, Dublin
- Original members, Dónal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Eoghan O'Neill & Keith Donald, are joined by Matt Kellaghan, Noel Eccles, Anto Drennan and Graham Henderson
- The DVD, East Meets West With Dónal Lunny, is released.
- "This documentary celebrates the bringing together of two very different musical traditions: the drumming techniques of the Kodo Drummers of Sado Island, Japan, and the traditional Irish music performed by Dónal Lunny and Coolfin."
- Moving Hearts releases
Live in Dublin on CD and DVD.
- Dónal Lunny joins Liam O'Flynn, Andy Irvine & Paddy Glackin to form
- The group kicks off the year with concerts in Vicar St.
- LAPD also performs at Andy Irvine's 70th party in June, and at the