McDonnell Trio

Prix Charles Cros

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Prix Charles Cros

McDonnell Trio

Prix Charles Cros


McDonnell Trio

"It's a Long way To Tipperary" TVB Productions (2014) L'Autre Distribution

McDonnell Trio

"SongBox" TVB Productions (2018) L'Autre Distribution


McDonnell Trio travels the world with its dual Franco-Irish culture and a musical journey marked by beautiful adventures. Their repertoire is as much about Ireland as it is about bluegrass or universal songs telling us the story of peoples and migrations. With folk influences passed down through a rich family and musical lineage, it was only natural that the father and two sons would meet on stage today.

“We must open the roadmap of this exceptional vocal trio and first greet the father, Michael, a former sailor born in Kilkenny and bathed from his earliest childhood in the waters of a father’s accordion and in the melodies sung by his mother. From generation to generation, the story goes on and Michael’s two sons, Simon and Kevin, take their turn to sail with their father, to navigate three voices and two generations, and give life to Irish songs and folk-songs without borders…”
Françoise Cartade – Director of the Festival Les Temps Chauds

Upcoming concerts






    Le Printemps des Bretelles - ILLKIRCH (67)


In the press

« Michael McDonnell is one of the best Irish singers living in France. With his sons Simon and Kevin, he created a vocal trio... A small wonder. The precision of the voices, the setting and the emotion that emerge from it are exceptional. »

Trad Magazine

«With the McDonnell Trio we dive into authentic Irish folk to celebrate with grace a perfectly assimilated tradition. »

Rock & Folk

« Their songs mix stories, images, beautiful melodies and a good dose of humor. »



  • Michael McDonnell : vocal, mandoline, banjo, guitar
  • Kevin McDonnell : vocal, accordion
  • Simon McDonnell : vocal, guitar, bodhran, tin-whistle
  • Soazig Hamelin : violon, vocal (guest)
  • Jean-Félix Hautbois : batterie (guest)
  • Alexandre Sallet : bass (guest)

Stage references

Les Joutes Musicales de Printemps, Correns (83), Le Chainon Manquant, Laval (53), Festival Ca sonne à la porte, St-André-de-l’Eure (27), La Scène Bastille (PARIS), Maison de la Culture, Nevers (58), Le Casino, Ile d’yeu (85), Centre culturel Illiade, Illkirch-Graffenstaden (67), Espace Palumbo, Saint Jean l’Union (31), ALSM, Evreux (27), Couleurs d’Ailleurs, Montivilliers (76), Les Champs Libres, Rennes (35), Le Coquelicot, Fougères (35), MJC Epinal (88), Festival Les Temps Chauds, Bourg-en-Bresse (01) …