Traditional Music and Song

january, 2022

sun30jan8:00 pmOnsetMermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray8:00 pm

Event Details

Onset is an exciting new group formed by Pádraig Rynne, Graham Henderson and Davie Ryan and joined by Tara Breen on fiddle, Adam Taylor on bass and Niall McCabe on vocals/acoustic guitar.

The group was borne out of the success of Rynne’s 2019 release, Conscious, and their collective passion for a dynamic approach to traditional music. The music draws from their diverse musical backgrounds, and creates a deep and fascinating musical experience with flowing melodies and rhythmic character.

In November 2020 Onset were recipients of the MISP scheme, and over lockdown in 2021 the group set to remotely writing and recording a four track EP, which developed into a unique and fresh sound, ready to hit the road running in the latter half of 2021. Their first set of live gigs will provide an opportunity to demonstrate their extraordinary level of musicianship through a mix of brand new music, tunes from Padraig Rynne’s 2019 album, Conscious, and original songs from Niall McCabe.

Pádraig Rynne – concertina + electronics

Described as “one of the freshest sounds in Irish music” by fRoots magazine, Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician and prolific composer regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music. His band work includes, founder member of the ground-breaking bands Notify and Atlantic Arc Orchestra, led by Dónal Lunny.  Pádraig has featured on over thirty albums and has made many high profile TV appearances.  With a MA in Music Technology and a passion for experimenting with diverse genres, Pádraig has lent his music and creative soundscapes to many albums and productions.

Graham Henderson – keyboards
Graham is an experienced producer, composer and musician whose sensitivity and minimalist approach to Irish traditional music has afforded him a place playing, touring and recording with, as well as producing, some of the greatest Irish artists.He began his professional career playing the accordion, guitar, piano and mandolin with Fairground Attraction which brought international touring and two Brit Awards. Graham joined Dónal Lunny’s Coolfin in 1996 and since then has continued to work with a wide array of Irish artists such as Iarla Ó Lionáird, Paul Brady and Declan O’Rourke, as well as being a member of Moving Hearts. In 2019 Graham produced the album The Great Irish Songbook, by Dervish (recipients of the 2019 ‘lifetime achievement award’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) featuring guest vocalists David Gray, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Imelda May, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens. Graham is also a member of the Atlantic Arc Orchestra.

Davie Ryan – drums

Davie Ryan is a drummer with extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a touring and recording musician in a range of diverse genres including, pop, jazz, folk, rock, world and traditional music. Acts that he works with on a regular basis include Ariel Posen, Jack O’ Rourke, Marlene Enright, The Niall McCabe Band and Atlantic Arc. Davie is a graduate of both UCC and of Cork School of Music and is a Senior Drum Tutor at the CIT Academy of Popular Music.

Tara Breen – fiddle
A highly talented multi-instrumentalist from Co. Clare, Tara has achieved All-Ireland titles on fiddle in every age category over the years, culminating with the senior Oireachtas fiddle title in 2011 and the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Title in 2012. She achieved her Dip. ABRSM in 2007 in classical flute, and also qualified as a Traditional Irish Music teacher with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, achieving her TTCT in 2011. Tara’s live work started as an original member of Ciorras. She then went on to join the Galician piper Carlos Núñez and in 2014 she joined the Chieftains. One of the most in demand session musicians in music at the moment, Tara regularly tours as a member of the Chieftains and has recently toured with the well known dance show, Heartbeat of home. In 2011. A regular duo partner of fellow Clare native, Pádraig Rynne. In 2021 Tara released a duet album, Nasc, with Pádraig Rynne featuring Dónal Lunny, Jim Murray and Elaine Hogan. Tara is also a member of the current incarnation of Stockton’s Wing.

Adam Taylor – bass
An in-demand bass player from Dublin, Adam is a third-generation professional bassist. Academically, he holds a BMus degree and a Masters in Music Composition from the National University of Ireland Maynooth. His double bass training was provided by the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama under Waldemar Kozak of the National Symphony Orchestra. Adam’s experience ranges from recording/studio work with both original artists and for TV commercials, theatre work, national and international touring, arranging and music education. Adam is one of the founding members of the groove jazz collective, Creamy Goodness – a group made up of top session and jazz players from Dublin.

Niall McCabe – vocals + guitar
Niall McCabe was born on Clare Island off Ireland’s rugged west coast. First playing traditional Irish and folk music and later branching out into rock and soul, Niall’s current project sees him return in a small way to his roots. Having achieved national success with his folk/soul project The Niall McCabe Band, Niall has begun his first solo project by embracing elements of his traditional roots; accordions and mandolins now intertwine with synths and drums as he begins to search for a new space between his contrasting musical influences.

2018 saw Niall team up with Beoga, providing vocals for their live concerts. Niall has also featured as support for Ed Sheeran in Pairc Ui Caoimh. His recent  first solo release, Borders, was recorded by Seán Óg Graham (Beoga) in Bannview Studios in County Antrim.



(Sunday) 8:00 pm


Mermaid Arts Centre

Main Street, Bray

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