Traditional Music and Song

september, 2022

fri02sep7:30 pmfri10:00 pmLumen - The music of Mícheál Ó SúilleabháinNational Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 27:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Event Details

The National Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the family of the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and in association with the University of Limerick, proudly pays tribute to Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin with Lumen: A Celebration of the Light in Dublin and Limerick in September. 

The third and final concert in a trilogy devised by Mícheál with the National Symphony Orchestra (Elver Gleams, 2017; Between Worlds, 2018), Lumen will feature some of Mícheál’s most significant and popular orchestral works conducted by David Brophy and performed by a host of leading names including sean-nós singers Iarla Ó Lionáird, Lillis Ó Laoire and Síle Denvir; flute player Mike McGoldrick; saxophonist Kenneth Edge; traditional percussionist Mel Mercier; uilleann piper Mark Redmond; fiddlers Liz Doherty, Zoë Conway, Aidan O’Donnell and Katie Boyle and cellist Neil Martin.  

Highlights will include orchestral pieces featuring the singing of Iarla Ó Lionáird (Port na bPúcaí and An Buachaill Caol Dubh) as well as Templum, the liturgical sonic meditation, and the passionate love song Bean Dubh an Ghleanna, both for soprano sax and orchestra; Termōn, for pipes and orchestra; Francesco Walks for fiddle quartet, pipes, harpsichord and string orchestra; Oileán/Island featuring flute soloist Mike McGoldrick, and Fill Arís, Mícheál’s orchestral sean-nós settings of the poetry of Seán Ó Riordáin which received its world premiere in Mícheál’s last performance with the orchestra in 2018. 

Mícheál’s frequent collaborator in music and Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy, Mel Mercier, will direct an ensemble of UL & UCC students, honouring Mícheál’s lasting legacy at both institutions: The Eklego Ensemble includes Karl Nesbitt on flute, Conor Arkins and Claire Egan on fiddles, Paul Clesham on concertina and Niamh O’Brien on harp.


Síle Denvir, Lillis Ó Laoire, Iarla Ó Lionáird, sean nós singers
Mike McGoldrick, traditional flute
Mark Redmond, uilleann pipes
Liz Doherty Fiddle Quartet (with Aidan O’Donnell, Katie Boyle and Zoë Conway)
Kenneth Edge, soprano sax
Neil Martin, cello
Eklego Ensemble with Mel Mercier, bodhrán (with Karl Nesbitt, flute; Conor Arkins and Claire Egan, fiddles; Paul Clesham, concertina; Niamh O’Brien, harp)

National Symphony Orchestra
David Brophy, conductor

Templum for soprano sax and orchestra 
Bean Dubh an Ghleanna for soprano sax and orchestra 
An Buachaill Caol Dubh for sean-nós singer and orchestra
Eklego: Sources for bodhrán, flute, fiddles, concertina and harp
Oileán/ Island for traditional flute and orchestra
Termōn for pipes and orchestra 
Port na bPúcaí for sean-nós singer and orchestra 
Francesco Walks for fiddle quartet, pipes, harpsichord and string orchestra
Athdheargú: Rekindling for fiddle and cello
Fill Arís for sean-nós singers, pipes and orchestra
Tickets, each costing €20/€28/€36/€44.50 (conc. €18/€25.20/€32.40/€40.05). are available from


(Friday) 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

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