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Origin County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Genres Celtic, Folk
Years active 1990 – 1997, 2008 – present
Labels Green Linnet Records
Members Mary Dillon
Deirdre Havlin
Rosie Mulholland
Eoghan O'Brien
Kate O'Brien
Clodagh Warnock
Past members Paul Mullan
Mairead Walls

Déanta is an Irish traditional music band from Northern Ireland. The name of the band is the Irish word for done or made. The band, formed in the late 1980s in County Antrim, played together until 1997 and regrouped in 2008. The band were noted members of the traditional music scene in Ireland.[1] They signed to Green Linnet[2] and released three albums which blended traditional tunes and songs with arrangements sometimes veering towards a contemporary setting.[3]

In 1990 and 1991 they were selected to represent Ireland at the Lorient Interceltic Festival, in Brittany, where they won the Trophée Loïc Raison for best band (1990).

In September 2007, the former members played at the 8th Gig 'n The Bann Festival.[4] Their first performance after regrouping took place in October 2008 for BBC Two Northern Ireland's Blas Ceoil series.

Déanta's line-up included Mairead Walls who was later replaced by Mary Dillon (vocals, keyboard, guitar, harp), Paul Mullan (flute, whistles), siblings Eoghan (guitar, harp) and Kate O'Brien (fiddle, viola), and Clodagh Warnock (bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, percussion). Mullan was later replaced by Deirdre Havlin and Rosie Mulholland (keyboard, fiddle) was added. [5] [6]

In 1995, Kate O'Brien married Paul McSherry of Tamalin. Mary Dillon, from Dungiven, is married to Paul McLaughlin of Óige. She is the second eldest of six (five sisters and a brother), her youngest sister being Cara Dillon.[7] Her parents are neighbours to X-Factor contestant Eoghan Quigg.[8]


Déanta (1993)[edit]

Track list

  1. The Flight Of The Termite
  2. The Green Fields Of Canada
  3. King Of The Blues
  4. Cold Grey Fairyland
  5. Willie Taylor
  6. Harp Airs
  7. Thousands Are Sailing
  8. Gravelly Groove
  9. Dark Iniseoghain

Ready For The Storm (1994)[edit]

Track list

  1. The Mighty Clansmen
  2. The Landsdowne Lass
  3. The Lakes Of Pontchartrain
  4. An Raibh Tú Ag An gCarraig
  5. Hammy's Jigs
  6. Culloden's Harvest
  7. Let The Hair Sit
  8. The Maid That Sold Her Barley
  9. Eleanor Plunkett
  10. The Party
  11. Ready For The Storm
  12. The Rocky Reels
  13. The Benedy Glen

See identifications of this album's contents at irishtune.info.

Whisper Of A Secret (1997)[edit]

In his album review, The Sun's Vincent O'Keeffe described the album superb, particularly noting the harp-driven instrumentals and intricate arrangements and unique voice of Dillon.[9]

Track list

  1. Two Days To Go
  2. Willie And Mary
  3. The Usual Suspects
  4. Paddy And The Bandit
  5. Lone Shanakyle
  6. Waltz Of The White Lilies
  7. At The Crossroads
  8. The Blacksmith
  9. Cogair Rúin (Title track) [5]
  10. The Druid's Mountain
  11. Where Are You
  12. Scarta Glen Road


  1. ^ Irish Times, Probing traditional views with words and live music, 29 February 1996
  2. ^ Irish Times; Fine Folk in Belfast 22 August 1996
  3. ^ Irish Times; Belfast Folk Festival, Elmwood Hall 4 September 1996
  4. ^ Belfast Telegraph, Invitation too good to refuse, 8 September 2007
  5. ^ a b Irish Times; Roots; 17 October 1997
  6. ^ About Déanta. Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
  7. ^ Leicester Mercury dazzling: Cara Dillon 22 February 2002
  8. ^ Belfast Telegraph When musician Cara Dillon returned to the recording 23 January 2009
  9. ^ The Sun (London); CD review; Vincent O Keeffe; 29 August 1997

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