Traditional Music and Song

april, 2022

sat30apr8:30 pmArdánAlannah Thornburgh and
The Walls Sisters
8:30 pm Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin

Event Details

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre welcomes Alannah Thornburgh and the Wall Sisters for the second in a series of concert performances featuring emerging female Irish traditional musicians, under the title Ardán. Curated and hosted by renowned Irish traditional musician, Louise Mulcahy. The concert series features both solo and group performances to a live and streamed audience. The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is committed to develop the newest generation of traditional artists. In line with this Louise will work closely with the artists to deliver a special concert programme.

Alannah Thornburgh (pictured above) is an award-winning instrumentalist and composer from the west of Ireland with a focus on traditional Irish harp. Alannah’s music explores her family heritage, re-imagining ancient airs and tunes from the Irish harping, American Appalachian and jazz traditions. This cross-genre interaction and juxtaposition of old melodies with contemporary harmonies and technique is interwoven throughout her music, creating an innovative style described as ‘mind-blowing magic’ by The Bluegrass Situation (USA).

Alannah was nominated for two awards at the 2021 RTE Folk Awards – Best Emerging Artist and Best Folk Instrumentalist. Alannah is also a recipient of the Arts Council’s Next Generation Award 2021-22. She is a founding member of Alfi, a trio who combine traditional Irish and Appalachian music and song. She is currently working on her debut solo album, as well as an album with Alfi, both due for release in 2022.

The Walls Sisters hail from Toomebridge in County Antrim and are winners of many Antrim, Ulster and All-Ireland titles on fiddle, harp and uilleann pipes. They have performed all over Ireland in various venues including the National Concert Hall and and Vicar Street in Dublin and the Waterfront in Belfast. The Sisters have also featured on BBC Trad Ar Fad, Susan Calman’s Grand Days Out on Channel 5, TG4 Gradam Ceoil and Siar Chuig an bhFleadh.

Louise Mulcahy is an internationally renowned performer on uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. Louise is a member of the highly acclaimed Mulcahy family of Abbeyfeale, West Limerick. Alongside four album releases with father, Mick, and sister Michelle, Louise also appeared a number of years ago on Na Píobairí Uilleann’s compilation of young uilleann pipers entitled A New Dawn. Louise released her highly acclaimed début solo album titled Tuning the Road in 2014. Louise has toured extensively throughout the world including performances in Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America. Most recently, Louise was presented with the Arts Council’s prestigious Markievicz Award.


(Saturday) 8:30 pm


Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

The Naul, Co. Dublin

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