Traditional Music and Song

march, 2022

tue15mar8:00 pm10:15 pmDrawing From The Well: The Liam O’Flynn Collection8:00 pm - 10:15 pm National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Event Details

An outstanding combination of esteemed soloists and masters of their art, many of country’s top musicians will come together to celebrate their connections with the late Liam O’Flynn (1945–2018) and his archive.

From world-renowned fiddle player and TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year recipient Seán Keane, to up-and coming teenage piping sensation Sorcha Ní Scolaí, this concert promises to give the audience a sensationnal live music experience following the protracted public health restrictions. Inspired by the Irish Traditional Music Archive’s remarkable Drawing from the Well series,the concert will showcase both long established and newly emerging talent.

Speaking about the event, ITMA Director Liam O’Connor said: “ITMA’s artistic programming is imbued with the philosophy of connecting artists with archival material to inspire new art. This specially curated concert sees a host of leading traditional musicians and singers connect with the master piper’s archive as their source of inspiration.”

Music on the evening will be interspersed with spoken word from the ITMA Liam O’Flynn Collection delivered by internationally acclaimed actor Stephen Rea. All the participants share connections with O’Flynn’s rich legacy. Seán Keane, who performed with Liam for over 40 years, will be joined by close friend and fellow piper, Pádraic Mac Mathúna, who plays Séamus Ennis’s own Coyne set of pipes which were bequeathed to Pádraic by Liam.

Louise Mulcahy, a musician at the vanguard of the exponential growth in the numbers of female uilleann pipers, will perform on the rich sound of the B-pitched pipes once played by Liam. Louise presented and curated a special documentary for ITMA titled “Drawing from the Well: The Liam O’Flynn Collection” and featured on the 2020 documentary on Liam O’Flynn entitled Píobaire.

Master musicians like Noel Hill, Paddy Glackin, Mary Bergin, Neil Martin and Tony Linnane were regular collaborators with O’Flynn during his long and distinguished musical life and will celebrate his legacy through performance on the night.

And to mark Liam’s anniversary, piper, composer and artist, Barry Kerr will reflect on the time he spent as recipient of the Liam O’Flynn Award from the Arts Council of Ireland/National Concert Hall in 2020. That time included investigating the Liam O’Flynn collection at ITMA where he found much inspiration.

A group of young emerging talented musicians will perform little-known works from the Liam O’Flynn Collection.


  • Mary Bergin, tin whistle
  • Colm Broderick, uilleann pipes
  • Mick Conneely, bouzouki
  • Síle Denvir, harp/vocals
  • Paddy Glackin, fiddle
  • Noel Hill, concertina
  • Seán Keane, fiddle
  • Tony Linnane, fiddle
  • Laoise Kelly, harp
  • Barry Kerr, flute/uilleann pipes
  • Pádraic Mac Mathúna, uilleann pipes
  • Neil Martin, cello
  • Matt Molloy, flute
  • Louise Mulcahy, uilleann pipes/flute
  • Sorcha Ní Scolaí, uilleann pipes
  • Noel O’Grady, bouzouki
  • Stephen Rea, spoken word


(Tuesday) 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm


National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required


Irish Traditional Music Archive

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