Traditional Music and Song

march, 2022

sun27mar8:00 pmsun10:45 pmRónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O'ReillyWhelan's, Wexford Street, Dublin 28:00 pm - 10:45 pm

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Remembering to be grateful. “It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Sometimes life lands a really mean punch in the gut and it feels like there’s nothing to be grateful for. Guess what? It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts”. Rónán Ó Snodaigh recounts a valuable lesson learned in pandemic lockdown. “Gratefulness doesn’t just make you happy — it creates a positive feedback loop in your relationships. So express that gratitude to the people you care about.” It was in the soil of this powerful sentiment that Tá Go Maith, a collection of new solo works, began to propagate.

In a spur of the moment decision informed by another valuable lesson learned in lockdown, that isolation and a generosity of time can do much to fuel the creative mind, Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Myles O’Reilly filled a car with musical instruments and decamped to a remote cottage in Maynooth. Bringing with him a suite of new lyrics, inspired by grateful connections with time, place, family and friends, Rónán began to explore musical ideas with O’Reilly in order to develop fully formed songs.

The resulting album, Tá Go Maith, has an inner poise, depth and controlled meditation. O’Reilly has a talent for unearthing lush, organic sounds from his synthetic armoury so that the pair can develop a panorama of percussive guitars, zithers, strings, horns, spectral electronics and perfectly timed bodhran. The atmosphere is both inviting and startlingly vivid. Rónán’s lyrics and satin voice gently rip through the air like a soft breeze. Song after song has a powerful cumulative effect.

Tickets – each costing €17 plus 50c service charge ‚ is available online from Whelan’s at



(Sunday) 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm



Wexford Street, Dublin 2

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