ITMA in partnership with NCH presents Drawing from the Well: The Liam O’Flynn Collection

Time: 20:00 GMT Date: Dé Máirt 15 Márta 2022 Venue: National Concert Hall, Dublin Event Over

An outstanding combination of esteemed soloists and masters of their art, many of country’s top musicians will come together to celebrate their connections with the late Liam O’Flynn (1945–2018) and his archive.

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From world-renowned fiddle player and TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year recipient Seán Keane, to up-and coming teenage piping sensation Sorcha Ní Scolaí, this concert promises to give the audience a sensational live music experience following the protracted public health restrictions.

The concert will showcase established and emerging talent including Mary Bergin (tin whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Louise Mulcahy (uilleann pipes/flute), Noel Hill (concertina), Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Sorcha Ní Scolaí (uilleann pipes), Neil Martin (cello), Pádraic Mac Mathúna (uilleann pipes), Laoise Kelly (harp), Seán Keane (fiddle), Noel O’Grady (bouzouki), Colm Broderick (uilleann pipes), Tony Linnane (fiddle), Mick Conneely (bouzouki), Síle Denvir (harp, sean-nós) and Barry Kerr (flute, uilleann pipes).

Speaking about the forthcoming event, ITMA Director Liam O’Connor said:

“ITMA’s artistic programming is imbued with the philosophy of connecting artists with archival material to inspire new art. This specially curated concert sees a host of leading traditional musicians and singers connect with the master piper’s archive as their source of inspiration.”

Music on the evening will be interspersed with spoken word from the ITMA Liam O’Flynn Collection delivered by internationally acclaimed actor Stephen Rea.

All the participants share connections with O’Flynn’s rich legacy. Seán Keane, who performed with Liam for over 40 years, will be joined by close friend and fellow piper Pádraic Mac Mathúna who plays the Séamus Ennis set of pipes bequeathed to him by Liam.

Louise Mulcahy, a musician at the vanguard of the exponential growth in the numbers of female uilleann pipers, will perform on the rich sound of the B-pitched pipes once played by Liam. Louise presented and curated a special documentary for ITMA titled “Drawing from the Well: The Liam O’Flynn Collection” and featured on the 2020 documentary on master uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn titled ‘Píobaire’.

Legendary musicians like Noel Hill, Paddy Glackin, Mary Bergin, Neil Martin and Tony Linnane were regular collaborators with O’Flynn during his long and distinguished musical life and will celebrate his legacy through performance on the night.

And to mark Liam’s anniversary, piper, composer and artist, Barry Kerr will reflect on the time he spent as recipient of the Liam O'Flynn Award from the Arts Council of Ireland/National Concert Hall in 2020. That time included investigating the Liam O’Flynn collection at ITMA wherein he found much inspiration.

A group of young emerging talented female musicians will perform little-known works from the Liam O’Flynn Collection.