FullSet are one of Ireland’s most accomplished and sought-after bands in Irish Traditional Music today. This young and exciting group creates a sound that is full of energy & innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots.
“FullSet was THE breakout band at the Irish Fair of Minnesota.Their energy was infectious and the crowd response was incredible. They were able to connect to all ages, from Mohawked teenagers, to their grandparents. I had heard good things about them, but the musicianship, and stage presence playing live exceeded every expectation I had.” – Mike Wiley, Vice Chair/Entertainment Director of Irish Fair of Minnesota 2013
FullSet garnered much critical acclaim in recent years, even being compared to super groups such as Danú & Altan by respected Irish Music Magazine. Their meteoric rise in the music world was given a massive boost in 2011 when they were honoured by being announced as the winners of the RTÉ/RAAP Breakthrough Annual Music Bursary Award. FullSet subsequently went on to receive the “Best New Group Award” from well-respected Irish American News and were also named “Best Newcomer” in Bill Margeson’s Live Ireland Awards in 2012.
Following the tremendous success of their debut album “Notes At Liberty”, the group’s profile was further raised with the release of their follow up title, “Notes After Dark” in 2013. Irish Music Magazine described it as having “so many good tracks, so much energy, a band in full control and having such fun yet well able to bring things down to a tearful pause”. “Notes After Dark” was also named Album of the Year in 2013 by US radio programme “Celtic Connections”. Most recently FullSet was awarded “Top Traditional Group” by the Irish Music Association.
Michael Harrison, on fiddle, creates a distinctive sound using original and colourful techniques. Martino Vacca is an exceptional uilleann piper and employs his mastery of this instrument in all pieces arranged by FullSet. Talented musician, Janine Redmond, on button accordion maintains a rich traditional style that is becoming ever so rare in traditional music today. Eamonn Moloney on bodhrán and Andy Meaney on guitar, effortlessly blend the music together with a sensitive yet driving accompaniment section. The emotive singing style of Marianne Knight completes the ensemble and is guaranteed to captivate audiences of every generation.
To date, FullSet have been featured on some of Ireland’s most prestigious TV and radio programmes including “The Late Late Show”, RTÉ’s Céilí House and TG4’s hugely popular Irish music series “Geantraí”. They have worked with Disney and have also performed at many of the biggest Celtic and World Music festivals across North America and Europe, some of which include the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Copenhagen Irish Festival, Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Germany’s Irish Folk Festival Tour, Guinness Christmas Austria Tour, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Dublin Irish Festival, Kansas City Irish Fest and North Texas Irish Festival. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in folk and world music including Moya Brennan, Declan O’Rourke, Lúnasa, Carlos Núnez, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Beoga.
FullSet’s ability to showcase Irish music, song and dance of the highest quality in an energetic and fun filled manner has proved immensely successful as they continue to thrill audiences around the world. Their latest release, “Notes Between the Lines”, is a further demonstration of why few bands are as in demand as FullSet and why they sit comfortably in the pantheon of traditional super groups.