Siobhan O’Donnell was born in Co. Sligo in the West of Ireland, an area steeped in traditional Irish music and song. She grew up at the foothills of the Ox Mountains alongside the border of Co. Mayo.
From an early age she was exposed to the finest music and song, coming from a family steeped in tradition with her Father Colm being widely recognised as being one of Ireland’s greatest exponents of traditional singing.
Siobhan played music from the age of nine, learning tunes on the whistle and fiddle. She was greatly influenced by the South Sligo style of traditional music and song and has had lots of success, winning All- Ireland titles in Singing, Lilting and was crowned Senior All-Ireland Bodhran Champion in 2005.
Siobhan joined the group The Border Collies, with her Father Colm and had great success in performing at music festivals across Ireland and Europe. As well as being a seasoned performer, Siobhan has taught workshops at music schools and festivals across the world, such as South Sligo Summer School (Tubbercurry), Joe Mooney Summer School (Drumshanbo), Craiceann (Bodhran School, Aran Islands), Ceol Aneas (NZ), National Folk Festival (Australia) to name but a few.
In 2010, Siobhan emigrated to Australia when she was commissioned by the Irish National Association in Sydney to promote Irish music, song and culture in the region. She set up a music school for adults and children and performed at folk festivals across the country with her band, The Shamrock Sheilas. In 2013, Siobhan moved to London to pursue her teaching career and continued to perform in duo acts on the London folk scene.
Siobhan remarks on how she has now ‘happily’, returned home to Ireland and lives in Dublin. When not on tour she can be found performing at gigs across the capital.