Trad music highlights of the week

An ensemble with a difference, a tasty teatime session and sublimely subtle harping

Laoise Kelly resumes a highly creative partnership with piper Tiernán Ó Duinnchinn

Saturday Jan 13

Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly and John Doyle

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm €16/€14 Also Sun, Wexford; Tues, Cork; Wed, Dún Laoghaire; Thurs, Castlebar; Fri, Drogheda

Now that they’ve had a brace of dates under their belt, this tour is heating up as it closes in on its midway point. Singer Niamh Parsons can anchor any session, such is her on stage gravitas and ability to take complete possession of a song. Her fellow travellers on this tour have whetted their appetites in the company of Lúnasa, Dervish and Solas, but this is an ensemble with a difference: with enough space between the musicians to let the music and songs shine through.

Thursday Jan 18



Powerscourt Town House Theatre 5.45pm €12 087-2547574

Gael Linn host this Galwegian ensemble to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their monthly musical series, Siamsaíocht@6!. Members include brother and sister duo, Maureen Browne on fiddle and Brendan Browne on accordion, with percussionist and dancer, Peter Vickers and singer, guitarist and whistle player, PJ McDonald. An auspicious start to what has become a tasty monthly teatime session.

Friday Jan 19


Laoise Kelly & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn

St. John's Theatre, Listowel 8pm €16/€14

The sublimely subtle harping of Laoise Kelly has seen her collaborate with many diverse musicians and this evening she resumes a highly creative partnership with piper, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, following the release of their duet album last year, Ar Lorg Na Laochra (On The Shoulders of Giants). Both musicians tend to eschew the limelight but together they bring a vigour to tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Europe. A treat for listeners who relish the balance between silence and the notes themselves.