Traditional Music and Song

june, 2022

sat18jun8:00 pmThe olllamTradition Now8:00 pm National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Event Details

Formed in 2012, the olllam is a collaboration between Belfast piper John McSherry  (Lunasa, Ulaid) and three Detroit based musicians; piper, whistler, Gammy-nominated producer Tyler Duncan (Theo Katzman, Scary Pockets), drummer Michael Shimmin (May Erlewine, Millish), and bassist Joe Dart (Vulfpeck, Fearless Flyers).  The resulting eponymous album, now considered a cult classic is lush with trance-like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and a magical marriage of tradition and modernity.  

The olllam’s inventive musical compositions and arrangements have earned them rave reviews and sold-out shows across Ireland and beyond. 

the olllam
John McSherry – Pipes and Low Whistles
Tyler Duncan – Pipes and Low Whistles
Michael Shimmin – Drums
Joe Dart – Bass
Sean O’Meara – Guitar
Joe Hettinga – Fender Rhodes

The olllam are supported at this concert by Harry Bradley, Dónal O’Connor and Libby McCrohan. Harry Bradley and Dónal O’Connor first met in the late 1990s on the vibrant Belfast traditional music session scene. Narrow entries, leading to dark and smoke-filled pubs, pouring with fiery flute and fiddle music, was the backdrop to this initial, musical coming together. A common grá for the music of South Ulster and North Connaught was the thread on which they shared interests. However, they ventured on their own unique musical journeys thereafter. Since Harry’s recent return to Belfast, they have rekindled a musical friendship and are mining the rich repository of northern music which has been left behind by the likes of Andy Dixon, Cathal McConnell, Ciaran Carson, Desi Wilkinson, Tara Bingham, Johnny and Seán Maguire, Gary Hastings and many more. Tonight’s performance is a new musical coming together with one of Dublin’s finest young musical accompanists. Libby McCrohan.

The National Concert Hall’s Tradition Now series returns with two editions in 2022 – the first in June. From electronica to dark folk balladry, to trance influenced innovations, the festival shines a light on the new in a flourishing traditional music and folk scene.

Tickets for this event in the Studio at the NCH, each costing €20, are available from


(Saturday) 8:00 pm


National Concert Hall

Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

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