Tuesday, 23 July 2024, 7.30pm

I gcomhpháirt le An Droichead featuring Neil Martin (Fear an Tí/MC), Tara Howley, Dàibhidh Stìubhard, Pádraig Rynne, Mirella Murray, Aimée Farrell Courtney & John McIntyre

Neil Martin from Belfast is a composer and musician with an international reputation, whose work has been performed across the world from Ground Zero to Mostar Bridge and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as being played on the International Space Station. A cellist and an uilleann piper, he has worked with many leading musicians and will be the host for this concert.

Tara Howley is native to County Clare and has a background in classical and traditional music. Her illustrious career is adorned with prestigious awards and notable performances, including 7 years leading Riverdance and featuring alongside legends such as Sir James Galway, Bill Whelan, Paddy Keenan, and Finbar Furey.

Dàibhidh Stiùbhard grew up in County Tyrone and he sings from that deep place within which the most meaningful and meant words are found. Dàibhidh is a senior traditional singing champion at the Tyrone and Ulster Fleadhs.

Pádraig Rynne from County Clare is best known for his virtuosic playing of the concertina and his significant contributions to contemporary traditional Irish music. He has founded several influential bands that have contributed to the modern landscape of Irish music, including Cian, Guidewires, Triad, Atlantic Arc, Breen l Rynne l Murray and the groundbreaking band Notify.

Mirella Murray hails from County Galway and learnt under the guidance of Mary Finn. Having performed nationally and internationally, artists such as Sharon Shannon, Lúnasa and the Bumblebees credit her as a source of uncommon melodies through her vast collection of tunes from her travels.

Aimée Farrell Courtney’s debut performance was at the age of 8 at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Her dynamic playing ranges from a renowned sensitive style of accompaniment to electrifying rhythmic solos and duets.

John McIntyre grew up immersed in the language, songs and traditional dance music of southwest Donegal. He has toured extensively worldwide, on many famous stages and festivals, has worked alongside many world-renowned producers and is now producing and recording in many genres.

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