Leading Traditional Arts Organisations Announce Exclusive Irish Tours

An Droichead and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, two of the country’s leading Irish language and arts organisations, have just announced an exciting new project, Turais Trad, comprising two exclusive tours by some of the most popular folk and traditional music acts on the scene.

The tours will feature Iarla Ó Lionáird, the revered sean-nós singer and vocalist with critically acclaimed band Irish/American band The Gloaming, as well as folk festival favourites and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning band, Flook.

Iarla Ó Lionaird’s unique singing style has carried him to stages and concert halls all over the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and beyond. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Nick Cave and Sinead O’Connor, and his film credits extend from The Gangs of New York to Hotel Rwanda, and most recently as a featured vocalist in the film Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan.

Flook are one of the most influential folk bands of the last twenty years. Since the release of their debut album Flatfish in 1997, they have been pushing the boundaries of traditional music and redefining the genre with fresh rhythms and original melodies that have embedded themselves in the DNA of contemporary folk music. Between the bands four members, Brian Finnegan, Sarah Allen, John Joe Kelly and Ed Boyd, they have collaborated with the biggest names in the industry, including Kate Rusby, Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis, Lúnasa and Karen Matheson.

Also featuring as part of the tours will be two hotly tipped acts emerging on the Scottish folk scene, Mischa Macpherson and Adam Holmes & the Embers.

Twenty-year-old harpist, Gaelic & Scots singer, Mischa Macpherson grew up in Sandwick on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She has a strong sense of connection and belonging to the Western Isles and the beautiful music its people have produced through the times. She was recently awarded Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scottish Trad Awards.

Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn’s strum and sting, laced with a slice of Paolo Nutini soul and a touch of traditional folk. In 2013 he recorded his debut album Heirs and Graces with legendary producer John Wood (responsible for seminal albums by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny amongst many others). In April 2014 the album was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and in December was also nominated for Best Album at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

The project, which is a brand new iniative for the traditional arts sector, is supported through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Music Touring Programme.

Maria McAlister, Traditional Arts Officer at Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, “The Northern Ireland Music Touring Programme aims to bring the best music, from a range of genres, to people across Northern Ireland.  Since its introduction, artists such as The Quercus Ensemble, Neil Cowley Trio, David Lyttle and Beoga, among others, have taken to stages across the region and I would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy these unmissable, internationally renowned, traditional musicians brought to you by An Droichead and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.”

Full details of the tours, which will take place in November and February, are available via www.androichead.com and www.culturlann-doire.ie.


Tour Details

Tickets for all dates are available online at www.culturlann-doire.ie.

Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney

+ Mischa Macpherson

FRI 27 NOV – Slieve Gullion Courtyard, ARMAGH

SAT 28 NOV – St. Canice’s Hall, DUNGIVEN

SUN 29 NOV – Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, OMAGH


+ Adam Holmes & the Embers

FRI 05 FEB – Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, OMAGH

SAT 06 FEB – The Glassworks, DERRY

SUN 07 FEB – Black Box, BELFAST

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