Traditional Music and Song

march, 2022

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fri18mar8:30 pmfri10:00 pmLaoise Kelly, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Stéphanie MakemStiúideo Cuan, An Spidéal, Co. na Gaillimhe8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Stiúideo Cuan SÉASÚR CEOIL AN EARRAIGH: SPRING CONCERT SERIES 2022

Event Details

Opening Stiúideo Cuan’s Spring Concert Series are frequent collaborators Laoise Kelly and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn who will be joined by Stéphanie Makem.

Harpist and composer, Laoise Kelly from Mayo, was recognised in 2020 as the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year. As well as three critically acclaimed solo albums Just Harp, Ceis and Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh to her name, Laoise has appeared on over 70 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists including Séamus Heaney, The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dónal Lunny, Tommy Makem, Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and Mary Black.

Laoise was a founding member of the Bumblebees with whom she recorded two albums and toured extensively. She is also a founding member of Fiddletree whose members include musicians from America, Cape Breton and Scotland playing eight instruments made from the same tree. Her latest album release is Ar Lorg na Laochra with Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn.

Laoise tours regularly with different collaborators inlcuding the Albiez Trio (with Cormac Breatnach and Tola Custy), singer and accordion player Breanndán Begley; Scots Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes; piper Allan MacDonald and fiddler Michelle O’Brien. She was also part of an acclaimed Music Network collaboration with Josephine Marsh (accordion), Tara Breen (fiddle and saxophone) and Nell Ní Chróinín (vocals and whistle).

An alumnus of the Armagh Pipers’ Club, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn from Monaghan, has been described as one of the most influential pipers of his generation. He has won four All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann, two Oireachtas titles and the Seán O Riada Bonn Oir.

Performing professionally since 1995 as a member of various ensembles (including Fintan Vallely’s Companach group anf the Glen Road Trio) and as a solo performer, his music has taken him around the world. He has appeared on many recordings including a solo album, Reggish Paddy; two albums, Two Horizons and Whisper to the Wild Water with singer, Máire Ní Bhraonáin (Clannad); and one, Ceol is Piob, with his wife, the singer, Stéphanie Makem.

An alumna of the Armagh Pipers Club and previously Tiarnán’s bandmate in Dorsa, Stéphanie Makem comes from a long line of singers, stretching back to her great grandmother, the celebrated Ulster traditional singer, Sarah Makem, and to her granduncle, Tommy Makem. Stéphanie is currently working on a major project to collate Sarah’s work with a view to publication in the near future. Stéphanie sings a lot of Sarah’s songs together with songs from southeast Ulster in both Irish and English. She has appeared on many relevision programmes, including Flosc (TG4), Abair Amhran (TG4), Geantraí (RTE), and Blas Ceoil (BBC). Stephanie has appeared on the Armagh Piper’s Club’s  40 Years and Blúiríní Blasta albums.

As the venue seats 65 people, tickets are limited. So early booking is advised. Tickets, each costing  €25/€22.50/€10 (plus booking fee), are available from Eventbrite at or 091-553838.

The concert will also be streamed live online.


(Friday) 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Stiúideo Cuan

An Spidéal, Co. na Gaillimhe

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