Diane Cannon is from Meenlaragh, a small town outside the village of Gortahork steeped in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht. She has been actively involved in music since a very young age coming from a strong musical background, her granddad Manus Cannon an accomplished fiddle player from Meenacreeve and a member of the local flute band. Along with this Diane’s father was a member of a very popular band The Clubmen in the 90’s together with his brother, brother in law, and good friend and were well known throughout Donegal and Scotland for their Irish country music. Diane got involved in music and singing as a toddler and soon became familiar with guitar, bass guitar and exploring her vocals behind the mike and soon started playing at local gigs with her father’s band. Diane released her first CD in 1998 with a mixture of country and Gaelic songs which earned her a lot of recognition throughout the north.
She learnt fiddle with the famous and talented Francie Mooney and became involved in Fleadh’s and Feis’s, and got herself a name on the traditional stage as a gifted traditional singer and musician. She is part of Cór Thaobh a Leithid, and this year got the chance to perform in a private audience with the president at Áras an Uachtaran and also sang with the choir at the national concert hall with Donal Lunny and most recently in Belfast with Mairead Mooney of Altan and Manus Lunny of the Internationally renowned Capercaille.
Her influences include George Jones, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, John Prine, Ricky Skaggs and of course her father’s encouragement and love for the music.
After several years of gigging on the local Donegal scene Diane has taken time to record a brand new album of high calibre American Country music which was released in autumn 2010. Her aim is to expand her musical horizons and to turn her love of music into a full time profession.
Diane is currently promoting her new album " It'll Happen When It's Time" which is on all the country stations throughout Ireland and available for request, a taster of what’s to come.