Séamus Begley (accordion, voice), Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp)

Séamus Begley (accordion, voice), Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp)

Irish squeeze box maestro and raconteur Séamus Begley joins Scottish duo Catriona McKay and Chris Stout in a celebration of traditional Irish and Scots music. All three are blessed with the gift of spontaneity, so who knows what will happen!

Tour Dates

16 Sep, 8pm, €12 / €10 Methodist Church, Portlaoise
17 Sep, 8pm, €12 / €10 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
18 Sep, 8pm, €15 / €12 Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
19 Sep, 8:30pm, €15 / €12 Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
20 Sep, 8:30pm, €15 / €10 /€5 Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne
21 Sep, 3:00pm, €16 / €13.50 Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
23 Sep, 8pm, €18 / €13 Sugar Club, Dublin
24 Sep, 8pm, €15 / €12 St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel
25 Sep, 8pm, €18 / €16 Triskel Christchurch, Cork

For the past 20 years, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout have captivated audiences with their exhilarating and virtuosic live performances: the cascading rhythms of McKay’s harp dovetailing perfectly with Stout’s swooping, soulful violin. Their unique sound, a celebration of music from the Northern Isles, imbues everything from Shetland reels to Swedish waltzes with a wonderfully atmospheric, almost cinematic quality.

Regular visitors to Dingle over the years, the pair are long-standing admirers of Kerry legend Séamus Begley, who joins them for this tour. Winner of the TG4 Singer of the Year Award in 2013 – and a fine storyteller to boot – Begley is also renowned for his distinctive playing style, which remains firmly rooted in tradition while sharing the Scottish duo’s sense of adventure and spontaneity. Here are three mercurial musicians at the top of their game. Expect sparks to fly one minute, and to have your heartstrings tugged the next!

16 Sep Methodist Church, Portlaoise 8pm, €12 / €10 057 8663355 Laois County Council Arts Office
17 Sep Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny 8pm, €12 / €10 074 91 29186 Regional Cultural Centre
18 Sep Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge 8pm, €15 / €12 045 448 330 Riverbank Arts Centre
19 Sep Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda 8:30pm, €15 / €12 041 983 3946 Droichead Arts Centre
20 Sep Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne 8:30pm, €15 / €10 /€5 026 45 733 Ionad Cultúrtha
21 Sep Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford 3:00pm, €16 / €13.50 051 855038 Garter Lane Arts Centre
23 Sep Sugar Club, Dublin 8pm, €18 / €13 01 475 0224 Music Network
24 Sep St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel 8pm, €15 / €12 068 22 566 St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre
25 Sep Triskel Christchurch, Cork 8pm, €18 / €16 021 427 2022 Triskel Arts Centre

Chris Stout, Catriona McKay & Séamus Begley


"Sonically exquisite"

- The Guardian on Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

"The interplay between Stout’s fiddle and McKay’s harp was frequently dazzling and complemented by a palpable delight in the music, as Shetland tunes whizzed off into mercurial excursions…"

- The Scotsman

"This master of the squeeze box… The Cuas man’s voice is a joy."

- The Irish Times on Séamus Begley