Traditional Music and Song

january, 2022

fri28jan6:30 pmSaíochtPepper Canister Church, Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 26:30 pm

Event Details

A celebration of Ireland’s leading poets and Irish traditional musicians.

Renowned actor Stephen Rea, Ireland’s leading poets Natalya O’Flaherty and Sasha Terfous, together with acclaimed Irish traditional musicians, Louise Mulcahy, Michelle Mulcahy and Neil Martin will explore the fascinating artistic relationship between the Irish literary tradition and Irish traditional music. Key figures in Irish poetry have brought a rich history of contributions to verse in both the Irish and English language. Works by Heaney, Mahon, Muldoon, remarkable contemporary poets O’Flaherty and Terfous, among others, have achieved national and international acclaim. Together they will celebrate this rich legacy.

An internationally renowned actor, Belfast born Stephen Rea has appeared in films such as V for Vendetta, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire, Breakfast On Pluto and Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game – for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Rea helped establish the Field Day Theatre Company in 1980 with Tom Paulin, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney and Seamus Deane.

 Natalya O’Flaherty is one of the most exciting acts in Irish spoken word poetry today. Her words carry hard hitting notions and criticisms of modern Ireland, reflecting issues affecting young people across the country. Natalya’s achievements to date have been myriad – from countless festival appearances, reading the Democratic Programme as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Dáil’s first sitting, to commissions for RTE, Body & Soul and Proctor & Gamble’s Irish Tampax campaign.

Poet Laureate for Wexford, Sasha Terfous’s poetry draws attention to the voices that should be heard and societal issues of racism and homophobia that need to be addressed. Sasha has stacked an impressive list of achievements in including commissions for NUIG, speaking at the launch of the Centre for Environmental Justice alongside Mary Robinson, touring with Wooden Elephant and collaborating with the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation in New York and Poetry Ireland on a video interpretation of her piece ‘Identity’ – the audio of which was made a track of the week on RTE 2FM.

Belfast composer Neil Martin’s work has been performed across the world from Ground Zero to Royal Albert Hall, as well as being played on the International Space Station. ‘Knocknashee’, a song Neil co-wrote with Brendan Graham, topped the World Music charts in 2011. In 2013, the BBC produced and aired a documentary on Neil’s life and career. For U2’s Music Generation Programme, Neil directs workshops in composition and performance. Neil was also Choral Director for a children’s TV series in the USA for the Jim Henson company.

Dr. Michelle Mulcahy is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist and music academic from Co. Limerick. As well as releasing four of her own critically acclaimed albums, she has featured on recordings arranged by renowned composer Bill Whelan. Michelle has made appearances on radio and television in Ireland and abroad such as TG4 Geantraí, Gradaim Ceoil TG4, Hup, RTÉ Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, and BBC Port. Mulcahy lectures at the University of Limerick in in Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and her PhD research publication topic is the first of its kind, exploring the harp tradition of Burma and Ireland.

Louise Mulcahy is a multi-award-winning performer on both uilleann pipes and flute. Alongside four album releases with father, Mick, and sister Michelle, Louise also appeared on Na Píobairí Uilleann’s compilation of young uilleann pipers ‘A New Dawn’. Recently, Louise was presented with The Arts Council’s Markievicz Award. Louise was awarded the 2016 Doctoral Fellowship in Irish Music Studies at NUI Galway and her work on women in uilleann piping is due for release in a landmark documentary for TG4 titled, Mná na bPíób.


(Friday) 6:30 pm


Pepper Canister Church

Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2

Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required


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