Saturday Concert

June 10, 2019

Saturday 3rd August – 8.30pm
Tickets £16 – book on Eventbrite
All under 12s free entry to all concerts over the weekend.


Probably the most exciting trad combinations of recent times, together Matt Molloy and John Carty explore the rich and varied tapestry of the fiddle and flute tradition of North Connaught. Matt Molloy is regarded as the greatest exponent of flute playing alive, a member of the Chieftains for more than two decades he was also a founder member of the legendary Bothy Band. John Carty’s musical prowess has grown steadily since his debut recording 20 years ago and he has since produced a plethora of solo recordings. A member of the bands At the Racket and Patrick Street John finds himself in constant demand as a musician. Both Matt and John are recipients of the prestigious TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year Award.

They are delighted to be joined by two of Ireland’s greatest accompanist: legendary guitarist Arty McGlynn and Brian McGrath on piano. Arty and Brian have performed, recorded and toured world wide playing with all the biggest names in Irish traditional music. Their subtle and creative approach is the perfect accompaniment to this unique duet.


Musical families are often the backbone of multi-generational continuity within that global community, and no musical family today is more impressive in upholding the best principles of the tradition than the Mulcahy’s of Abbeyfeale, West Limerick. Mick, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy play a vast array of instruments between them but it’s the sweetness and tunefulness of their ensemble playing that is most striking. Mick plays accordion, melodeon and concertina, whilst Louise plays flute, uilleann pipes and whistle. Michelle’s vast array of instruments include harp, concertina, accordion, fiddle, melodeon and piano.

They have an unmistakable, infectious sound and their skill and enthusiasm comes from a lifetime of playing together.

As a family they have recorded four family albums including, ‘The Mulcahy Family’ recorded with the American Label Shanachie, ‘Notes From The Heart’ and ‘Reelin’ in Tradition’ which were recorded with Cló Iar-Chonnacht. Their latest family album recorded in 2017 titled ‘The Reel Note’ has received worldwide acclaim and was awarded, ‘Album of the Year’ by Tradconnect in 2017. Mick, Louise and Michelle have also recorded individual solo albums. As a family they have toured extensively throughout Europe, America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, performing and teaching at festivals worldwide. Mick, Louise and Michelle have also featured on many television and radio programmes both in Ireland and around the world. They family have performed on many TG4 progammes and RTÉ programmes over the years. Mick perfomed on the well known TV programme titled ‘The Pure Drop’ for RTÉ on many occasions. Louise and Michelle have also featured on the award winning series Port for BBC Alba and TG4, where they collaborated with traditional Scottish musicians on the trip. Louise featured on Louise also featured on the Uilleann Pipes UNESCO Heritage Bid short film submitted by the Department of Arts and Culture in 2016. On this video Louise presented spoken material and performed on the Uilleann Pipes. Both Louise and Michell also ontributed to the TG4 series titled ‘Mná an Cheoil’ in 2016. This programme explored the role of women in Irish traditional music.

“If you like the ‘pure drop’, here it is – traditional Irish music at its natural, unadulterated and most seductive best”- The Irish Times

 “Theirs is a virtuosity that doesn’t need to be proved or worn on the sleeve but just pours out with all the naturalness of speaking” – Folk & Roots Magazine.

 “The Mulcahy family is universally acknowledged in traditional music circles as extraordinary musicians” – Mick O’ Connor.