Traditional Music and Song

august, 2022

sun14aug4:00 pmZoë Conway and John McIntyre with Louise MulcahyCarlingford Heritage Centre, Church Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth4:00 pm Carlingford Heritage Centre Summer Series

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Returning to their Summer Series artistic residency at the Carlingford Heritage Centre for the twelfth year, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre, will be joined by a different special guest artist each week. This week’s guest is award-winning uilleann piper and flute player, Louise Mulcahy, from Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick.

The husband and wife folk duo from Co. Louth have been acclaimed as virtuoso instrumentalists with remarkable versatility. They have two highly acclaimed duo albums to their name: Go Mairir I Bhfad (Long Life To You), a 2012 collection of twelve specially commissioned pieces composed by leading Irish musicians including the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabhán, Tommy Peoples, Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Peadar Ó Riada, Liz Carroll and Niall Vallely; and Live in Concert, released in spring 2017, featuring tracks recorded at live performances around Europe.

Apart from her mastery of the traditional genre – as a former all-Ireland senior fiddle champion – Zoë is also an accomplished classical musician which has enabled to appear comfortably as featured soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, thee BBC Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Germany; with a repertoire that includes her own compositions as well as works composed for her by Bill Whelan.

Growing up in the Cooley Mountains of north County Louth, John McIntyre has been playing guitar since the age of 8.  He began his professional career as an electric guitarist with the successful indie band, The Revs, playing many venues and festivals including Oxygen and Slane in Ireland, Reading and Leeds in Britain, and touring throughout North America, Australia and Europe. John studied classical guitar and piano for many years, and from early childhood was immersed in the language, songs and traditional dance music of south west Donegal – his father’s homeplace. Aside from live gigs, John is equally comfortable in the recording studio both as a performer and a producer.

At Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2001 – where Zoë won the senior fiddle title – another extremely talented woman achieved the unprecedented feat of winning four senior All-Ireland titles in one day – in the categories of uilleann pipes, uilleann pipes (slow airs), flute and tin whistle. Announcing herself in Listowel that day was Louise Mulcahy from nearby Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick. A member of one of Ireland’s major traditional music families – with her father, Mick, and sister, Michelle, on harp, concertina, piano, fiddle and whatever you are having yourself! As well as performing and recording with her family, Louise has released a solo album, Tuning the Road, in 2014. She was voted female musician of the year at the Live Ireland Awards in 2017. A keen researcher into the history of the pipes and pipers – especially of early women pipers – Louise recently presented the fruits of her labours in the excellent film documentary, Mná na bPíob, which was broadcast on TG4. She has also been invited by Na Píobairí Uilleann to become the custodian of a set of pipes previously owned by the late Liam O’Flynn and most, recently, she has become the latest recipient of the annual Liam O’Flynn Award, presented jointly by the National Concert Hall and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Tickets, each costing €16.24 (plus 0.81 handling charge), are available from



(Sunday) 4:00 pm


Carlingford Heritage Centre

Church Road, Carlingford, Co. Louth

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