ATLANTICI/O: the olllam, michelle chamuel, pádraig rynne, jeremy kittel

ATLANTICI/O: the olllam, michelle chamuel, pádraig rynne, jeremy kittel

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 7.30pm


the olllam / michelle chamuel / pádraig rynne / jeremy kittel

Re-imagined traditional & newly composed music, performed & arranged by a unique line-up of top class Irish & American musicians

Concert series May 22nd Dublin | 23rd Limerick | 24th Galway | 25th Louth

ATLANTIC I/O is a high profile trans-atlantic collective that brings together master musicians from Ireland and America for a refreshing dive into the Irish Tradition, via jazz, funk, pop and electronica.  Featuring the olllam, Pádraig Rynne, Jeremy Kittel and US electro pop sensation & star of the American hit show The Voice Michelle Chamuel, this specially commissioned touring project, supported by the Arts Council’s Touring Scheme under Traditional Arts, is a 6 month writing collaboration which will culminate in a concert series in 4 venues around Ireland – THURS MAY 22ND SUGAR CLUB DUBLIN, FRI 23RD MAY DOLANS LIMERICK, SAT 24TH MAY MONROE’S GALWAY & SUN 25TH MAY DROICHEAD ARTS CENTRE, DROGHEDA – full booking details below. 

Atlantic I/O features a dazzling line-up including MICHELLE CHAMUEL from NBC’s multi-million viewing TV show The Voice.  With superstar Usher as her coach she became one of the show’s most popular contestants.  She may be currently hanging with Usher in Los Angeles but Michelle Chamuel is “looking forward to coming to Ireland for the first time and to working with such inspirational artists who push musical boundaries, to invite new audiences to experience the time honored Irish tradition.  I am excited to contribute my vocals to this dynamic Irish-American collaboration.”

The collective will rework popular tracks from each act involved as PADRAIG RYNNE explains “For example, we have chosen three popular tracks from my album NOTIFY and through the creative expression and vision of the artists these pieces will be re-imagined into new instrumentations - rather than using one melody we have the opportunity to use many. In one of the tracks the instruments will be used as textures to surround the melody itself, adding a new twist to the original in the hands of this masterful collection of musicians.  We will also be taking some traditional pieces and immersing them in jazz, electronica and rock –all the time pushing into genre busting realms.” 

Atlantic I/O is a writing and touring collaboration supported by the Arts Council’s Touring Award/Traditional Arts and has been funded for its ambition to contribute to the development of new, young and urban audiences for Traditional Irish Music.


the olllam Their eponymous debut, released last year, is lush with trance-like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and a magical marriage of tradition and technology, somewhere between Radiohead and Planxty. The band features Belfast-born uilleann piper John McSherry and Detroit natives Tyler Duncan (uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, Rhodes) Michael Shimmin (drums and percussion) with Joe Dart, Woody Goff and Theo Katzman. John McSherry, one of the finest uilleann pipers in the world and a member of Lúnasa & Dónal Lunny’s supergroup Coolfin, has been dubbed “a true master” by Irish Music Magazine. He has worked with everybody from Clannad, Sinéad O’Connor, Nancy Griffiths to Rod Stewart. As a teenager, Tyler Duncan won two All-Ireland Championships on the pipes, as well as one All-Ireland on the bodhrán - the first American to win an All-Ireland on both instruments.  He is a founding member of multi genre acts including 2-time International Acoustic Music Award-winning Irish Jazz-crossover band Millish, electronic duo “s/he” with Michelle Chamuel and the electronic dance-rock band Ella Riot who performed at Lollapalooza and shared stages with Lady Gaga.  Michael Shimmin is a drummer whose versatility spans jazz and American folk to Middle Eastern and Irish Traditional. In January 2013 he was invited to play with soul icon Aretha Franklin. 

Michelle Chamuel Michelle is the US electro-pop sensation who took the 2013 silver position on NBC’s multi-million viewing TV show The Voice. With R&B/Rap superstar Usher as her coach, she became the show’s most popular contestant for her charisma, indie roots and dazzling vocal range. Since then her profile has soared with an interview in Rolling Stone Magazine, a growing fan-base of 100,000 international Twitter followers and a consistent presence in the Top 10 iTunes chart. Regarded as The Voice’s ‘break-out’ star, Michelle has just released her single ‘Go Down Singing’.Prior to her rise to stardom Michelle was in electro act Ella Riot along with Tyler Duncan & Micheal Shimmin. Michelle is a multi-instrumentalist (piano, violin, guitar) with a voice that has been described as velvety, polished & soulful.  A prolific song-writer, programmer & recording artist she has released 5 albums, 3 EPs, 8 singles & 10 remixes with Ella Riot and independently under the moniker Reverb Junkie.

Pádraig Rynne Virtuoso musician and prolific composer, Co Clare native Pádraig Rynne has been described as “one of the freshest sounds in Irish music”. Recipient of 5 All Ireland and three prestigious Oireachtas titles, by the age of seventeen he had toured Ireland, U.S., Canada and Australia.  Pádraig has worked with caliber acts Arty McGlynn, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Pauline Scanlon, Flook and Dónal Lunny.  In 2005 Pádraig released his first solo album ‘Bye A While’, which became one of the fastest selling traditional albums in Ireland that year.  He is a founding member of Guidewires, whose album ‘ll’ The Irish Times praised as “one of the finest albums to emerge in Irish music in the last few  decades”.  He joined Dónal Lunny and Guidewires member Sylvain Barou as the Rynne|Barou|Lunny Trio, launching their debut album ‘Triad’ in 2012 while in 2013 Pádraig began developing a new live project Notify and recorded his second solo album  with  guest  musicians Tyler  Duncan & Michael  Shimmin  culminating with an album release in November.

Jeremy Kittel Michigan-born, Brooklyn-based fiddler Jeremy Kittel is a rising star of contemporary Celtic music and is at the forefront of a new breed of fiddlers and violinists who navigate between musical styles and traditions. Recently completing a five-year position as a full-time member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet, he has worked with Bela Fleck & My Morning Jacket  and many others. He has appeared on the NPR radio show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, been a guest performer with multiple symphony orchestras and performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.  Jeremy was the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from his alma mater, the University of Michigan. He is also a National US Scottish Fiddle champion as well as a multiple winner of Detroit Music Awards. He has arranged and recorded orchestral-style strings for several major-label releases: Abigail Washburn’s ‘City of Refuge’, My Morning Jacket’s ‘Circuital’ and an upcoming release by the Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning band Jars of Clay.


THUR 22 MAY - SUGAR CLUB DUBLIN €15 7.30pm Bookings: 01 6787188

FRI 23 MAYDOLANS WAREHOUSE, DOCK ROAD, LIMERICK €15 8pm Bookings: 061 314483

SAT 24 MAY - MONROES GALWAY €15 8.30pm Bookings/info: 087 9783245

SUN 25 MAY - DROICHEAD ARTS CENTRE, DROGHEDA, CO LOUTH €18/€15 8.30pm Bookings: 041 9833946


Published on 25 April 2014

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