Biography

Donegal musicians Melanie and Paula Houton are two find exponents of the Irish fiddle, flute and whistle playing traditions. As performers and teachers of their respective instruments they have played some of Ireland's biggest festivals and appeared on flagship television and radio programmes for national broadcasters RTÉ and BBC.

In 2019, Paula and Melanie released their first album, 'A Snapshot in Time' which they launched at Belfast's and Ennis' TradFests. Recorded by Dónal O'Connor at RedBox Recording in Belfast, Melanie and Paula bring together some of their favourite jigs, reels, mazurkas and barndances and newly-composed tunes to add to the tradition.

Paula and Melanie have recently played at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Ennis TradFest, Belfast TradFest, Gig 'n The Bann and Féile na hInse. Their television performances for TG4, RTÉ and BBC can also be viewed online.

Both Houton sisters also appear on a number of other recordings, including Marcas Ó Murchú's 'Turas Ceoil' and SíFiddlers' first recording (2020).

For further information about Paula and Melanie, please get in touch.

Donegal sisters Melanie and Paula Houton, are two of the finest musicians of their generation. They bring the traditional pairing of fiddle and flute/whistles to a contemporary audience. On listening to [their] wonderful debut album the words freshness, finesse, precision and integrity come to mind. They are both masters of their instruments with impeccable taste in their music.

— Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan