Music was a way of life when Mary was growing up in East Clare. Born in the townland of Clondanagh between Tulla and Feakle, she was from an early age in the company of the great masters of Irish Traditional Music of the region such as John Naughton, Martin Rochford, P. Joe Hayes, Francie Donnellan, Joe Bane and Bill Malley.
And there was plenty of musical guidance and inheritance from her parents who were both from musical families. Mary learned much from her mother Ita whose discernment in music is unquestionable, with a musical pedigree reaching back many generations.
Mary’s musical style was further honed and perfected as a young girl sitting by the fireside in the homes of Mikey Donoghue in Ballinahinch and P. Joe Hayes of Maghera and then Sunday afternoon sessions with Joe Bane and Bill Malley in Lena’s Bar in Feakle. This unique musical nurturing has resulted in Mary being a highly respected musician performing at home and abroad and also one of the most sought after teachers of Irish Music today.
Sorcha Costello is MacNamara’s daughter and a beautiful player in her own right. She has played with her mother all over – from Shetland to Melbourne – but has had some great success in Fleadh competitions on her own in solo categories as well as in duets and céilí bands. She was also a featured performer on Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s 43rd annual “Echoes of Erin” tour of America in 2015.
Joining MacNamara and Costello for this performance is Mary’s brother Andrew MacNamara.
Andrew teamed up with the group Skylark touring Ireland, Europe and the USA regularly. In that time he recorded one album with them. In 1996 he formed his own band The Lahawns and recorded two highly acclaimed live albums. Andrew plays his own individual style of traditional Irish music and has the knack of electrifying audiences.