On the second night of a nationwide tour to launch her new album, Thar Toinn, the country went into lockdown and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh had to cancel the remainder of her gigs. We spoke to Muireann about her special concert, A West Kerry Christmas.

Home-school, home concerts, home recording and home music lessons became the new norm for the remainder of the year. But for one night (and one night only…) Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and friends will share a special concert from the garden shed in West Kerry. Dónal O' Connor, Gerry O'Beirne, Séamus Begley and Muireann’s daughters, Sadhbh and Líse, will join Muireann for a Christmas gig which will stream online at a private ticketed event on December 27th.

Deir Muireann gur oíche speisialta a bheidh ann ní hamháin dóibh siúd a bheidh i láthair ar líne ach do na ceoltóirí chomh maith atá ag iarraidh an bhliain a chríochnú ar nóta dóchais

"Theastaigh uaimse agus na ceoltóirí eile sa choirm deireadh dearfach, dóchasach a chur le drochbhliain. Bhí sé tábhachtach ceiliúradh de shórt éigin a thabhairt do dhaoine, de ghnáth bíonn neart coirmeacha agus seisiúin Nollag ag tarlúint timpeall an ama seo. Is dúinne chomh maith an coirm seo, mar go bhfaighimid oireadh maitheasa ó bheith ag seimint. Ba mhór an phléisiúr dom é a chur le chéile."

Gerry O' Beirne, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh agus Dónal O' Connor

This year has challenged those in the arts sector more than many with the entire live gig industry effectively shutting down since March. Facing those challenges throughout the year, Muireann says she has learned to focus on what is important in her life, more than ever.

"D'fhoghlamaíos gan a bheith buartha fé rudaí beaga suaracha, cé hiad na daoine is tábhachtaí i mo shaol agus cé mhéid grá atá agam dóibh, agus tábhacht an cheoil is na healaín don domhan uile'

You can find out more about A West Kerry Christmas here