Traditional Music and Song

july, 2022

sun24jul5:00 pmLouise Mulcahy and FamilyTinteán Theatre, Hillview Close, Dromin, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry5:00 pm Ballybunion Arts Festival

Event Details

Louise Mulcahy from Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, made history in 2001 by winning four All-Ireland senior titles in one day at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Listowel. Louise won the championships in uilleann pipes, uilleann pipes (slow airs), flute and tin whistle. As well as recording with her family, she released a solo album, Tuning the Road, in 2014, she was voted female musician of the year at the Live Ireland Awards in 2017. A keen researcher into the history of the pipes and pipers – especially of early women pipers – Louise recently presented the fruits of her labours in the excellent film documentary, Mná na bPíob, which was broadcast on TG4. She has also been invited by Na Píobairí Uilleann to become the custodian of a set of pipes previously owned by the late Liam O’Flynn and most, recently, she has become the latest recipient of the annual Liam O’Flynn Award, presented jointly by the National Concert Hall and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Louise will be joined at the event by her father, Mick and sister, Michelle. Between them, the Mulcahy family play a dazzling array of instruments between them – both as soloists and as an ensemble. Mick Mulcahy is a living legend in Irish accordion playing, with a rare repertoire of old tunes. The Mulcahy family album, The Reel Note, was very well received and was awarded Trad Connect Album of the Year in 2017. Previous albums, Notes From The Heart and Reelin’ in Tradition recorded with Cló Iar-Chonnacht featured in the top five traditional albums in the United States. As a family they have toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Mick, Louise and Michelle have featured on many radio and television programmes both in Ireland and abroad

Michelle is a highly talented multi-instrumentalist playing harp, concertina, fiddle, accordion, piano, and melodeon. Her debut solo harp album Suaimhneas, in 2012 was acclaimed as one of the top harp albums. Michelle was awarded the TG4 Gradam as Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana in 2006, following her selection as female musician of the year at the Live Ireland Music Awards in 2005.

Tickets, each costing €12 (plus €1), are available from


(Sunday) 5:00 pm


Tinteán Theatre

Hillview Close, Dromin, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

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