Traditional Music and Song

february, 2022

sat05feb6:30 pmArdánSéamus Ennis Arts Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin6:30 pm Sorcha Costello, Kate McHugh & Elaine Reilly

Event Details

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre welcomes Sorcha Costello, Catherine (Kate) McHugh and Elaine Reilly for the first 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 will feature 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.

Sorcha Costello is a traditional Irish fiddle player from Tulla Co. Clare and hails from a family emerged in traditional Irish music. Sorcha was named Gradam Ceoil TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2021 which took place in Belfast last October. She performs mainly as a solo artist but is also part of other musical collaborations which includes a duet with her mother, Mary MacNamara (pictured below). Sorcha is also a member of The Provenance – the fiddle group led by Frankie Gavin.

From Annaghdown, County Galway, Catherine (Kate) McHugh is one of the most outstanding young accompanists in Irish traditional music today. Growing up in an area steeped in legends of Irish traditional music, she grew up listening to and playing with many of the outstanding East Galway musicians including Joe Burke, Conor Tully, John Joe Forde, Eddie Moloney, Paddy Carty and the legendary Keane Family of Caherlistrane. Her approach to piano accompaniment is heavily influenced by legends of the piano such as Charlie Lennon, Carl Hession, Fr Séamus Quinn, Brian McGrath and Kevin Brehony.

From Granard, Co Longford, Elaine Reilly is one of the foremost tenor banjo players of her generation. She is in high demand as an accomplished and much sought after performer and tutor. She has taught at many events including The Willie Clancy Summer School and Scoil Eigse and has toured extensively in Ireland, Britain and North America. In 2020, Elaine was chosen as one of twenty musicians for Trad Ireland’s 20/20 visionaries project and most recently has recorded with fellow Longford banjo player and Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year, Angelina Carberry.

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.

Mary MacNamara (left) and Sorcha Costello


(Saturday) 6:30 pm


Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

The Naul, Co. Dublin

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