Eclectic new folk trio prepare for debut UK shows and release

"Three ace musicians pooling their talents to mint fresh and stimulating music.” -Simon Nicol, founding member of Fairport Convention

Three world travelled musicians, all originally from Manchester and sharing Irish origins, have come together to create a dynamic, musical melting pot with powerful songs and fiery Irish fiddle, all set in an exciting multi-layered dimension.

Tim O’Connor, a singer-songwriter based in France; Andy Dinan, twice All-Ireland Fiddle Champion; and Maartin Allcock, internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has played with the likes of Fairport Convention, Robert Plant, Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull, have joined forces to form MANCUNIA.

Their debut album – Turn Towards The Sun – has seen the members record in Liverpool, Snowdonia and Savoie in south east France, garnering interest from across the UK and Europe.

O'Connor recording for the Mancunia album in Savoie, France

Allcock, who is also guesting with Fairport Convention at this year’s Cropredy Festival, is seriously excited about the potential of this new trio:

“Tim O’Connor is a great songwriter and Andy Dinan’s fiddle playing is awesome. I’m adding other off-the-wall textures through electric and bass guitars and keyboards. This is eclectic. We’re tackling some home-grown songs, some folk music, some self-penned instrumentals, and rescuing some great songs from their previous cage of a prog-rock heritage.”

The album will be on sale in time for the trio’s first ever live shows, which will see them playing their hometown of Manchester on 30th July, before heading to Cropredy’s Brasenose Arms, followed by a visit to Abingdon in Oxfordshire and an appearance at the Wickham Folk Festival.

Mancunia Website:

Upcoming Mancunia Shows

Sunday, July 30
Roots in Manchester @ Ukrainian Cultural Centre, M8 8XB

Tuesday, August 1
Brasenose Arms, Cropredy, OX17 1PW

Wednesday, August 2
ABINGDON – Music At The Unicorn
Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon, OX14 3JB


Thursday, August 3
WICKHAM Folk Festival, Wickham, PO17 5HD

Tim O’Connor is a well-known songwriter, now living in Savoie in the south east of France. Tim has already made many independent albums and written many songs, one of which, The Lizard, was just nominated in a French film festival. He has performed all over the world and is highly thought of by the likes of Mike Harding, Mike McGoldrick, and Arty McGlynn.

Andy Dinan is a force of nature, a master fiddler of great renown and very well known on the Manchester Irish scene, where he has been a regular collaborator with such luminaries as Mike McGoldrick, as well as touring for years with Ducie, among others. Andy lives in Manchester.

Maartin Allcock is a multi-instrumentalist, mostly known from his work in the folk-rock scene, but is also a session musician and record producer with around 350 albums in his discography. Maart lives on the west coast of Snowdonia.

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