Mark Butler Claddagh - D'Arcy Arms Hotel
Music, traditional or otherwise, lives in its musicians. And the music and songs evoke memories in those who listen to it and for it. This is especially true for Irish folk songs and music, a genre which has travelled the world with its emigrants and been passed from one generation to the next.
Mark has been playing to audiences in Ireland and Australia for over thirty years, as a member of Claddagh or as a solo artist. In more recent times he is often accompanied by his wife, Mary McEvilly Butler, an accomplished Irish traditional fiddler.
At festivals and concerts, Mark or Claddagh are equally adept at delivering a polished performance, but also take great delight in playing requested songs from the audience, which is a distinct change from playing a defined set list of songs and tunes. The premise is that the audience will likely have come to the festival in the hope of hearing a favorite or memorable song, and this is the one performance where their desired song can be asked for and played. It lends to a happy, satisfied audience and invariably a great sing-along with fun audience participation.