Maura O’Connell, Karan Casey, Martin Tourish & Ed Boyd

Maura O’Connell, Karan Casey, Martin Tourish & Ed Boyd

Our Spring season opens with a truly mouth-watering prospect as the legendary vocalist Maura O’Connell, the “songwriter’s singer”, teams up with the peerless Karan Casey, backed by the virtuoso pairing of Lúnasa’s Ed Boyd on guitar and piano accordionist Martin Tourish of Altan fame.

Tour Dates

14 Jan, 8pm, €18 / €13 The Sugar Club, Dublin 2
15 Jan, 8pm, €16 / €14 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
16 Jan, 8pm, €18 / €16 Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
17 Jan, 8pm, €12 / €10 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
18 Jan, 8pm, €20 / €18 / €16 glór, Ennis
20 Jan, 8pm, €16 / €14 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
21 Jan, 8pm, €18 / €15 Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo
22 Jan, 8pm, €18 / €16 Triskel Christchurch, Cork
23 Jan, 8pm, €15 / €12 Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
24 Jan, 8pm, €16 / €14 Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon
25 Jan, 8pm, €16 / €14 Station House Theatre, Clifden

Blending Irish and progressive American folk singing styles, Maura O’Connell burst onto the trad scene in the 1980s as vocalist with Celtic super group De Danann. The Ennis songbird’s singing career has brought her international acclaim, two Grammy nominations and collaborations with everyone from Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith and Dolly Parton to Alison Krauss, The Chieftains and Van Morrison.

Former lead singer with Solas and a highly-acclaimed solo artist, Karan Casey is one of the most influential and innovative vocalists in Irish or American folk music, performing with such luminaries as James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, Mick Moloney, The Dubliners and Imelda May. Her gorgeous, soulful voice has featured on over 50 albums.  

Martin Tourish is an accordionist from Co. Donegal whose reputation has grown rapidly since he was named Young Musician of the Year by TG4 in 2008. He is a member of the band Altan, has performed with Carlos Nunez and been a guest soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Ed Boyd is widely considered to be one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the European folk circuit. A founding member of BBC Folk Award-winning group ’Flook’, he is known for his technical brilliance, delicate ensemble playing and unique musical style.

14 Jan The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 8pm, €18 / €13 01 4750224 Music Network
15 Jan Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm, €16 / €14 01 2724030 Mermaid - County Wicklow Arts Centre
16 Jan Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm, €18 / €16 01 2312929 Pavilion Theatre
17 Jan Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny 8pm, €12 / €10 074 9120777 (An Grianán) Regional Cultural Centre
18 Jan glór, Ennis 8pm, €20 / €18 / €16 065 6843103 glór
20 Jan Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8pm, €16 / €14 094 9023733 Linenhall Arts Centre
21 Jan Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo 8pm, €18 / €15 071 9161518 Hawk's Well Theatre
22 Jan Triskel Christchurch, Cork 8pm, €18 / €16 021 4272022 Triskel Christchurch
23 Jan Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge 8pm, €15 / €12 045 448327 Riverbank Arts Centre
24 Jan Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon 8pm, €16 / €14 090 6625824 Roscommon Arts Centre
25 Jan Station House Theatre, Clifden 8pm, €16 / €14 095 21699 (information only) Clifden Arts Society

Maura O'Connell performing "Shades of Gloria"


Karan Casey in concert with Ed Boyd – “Ballad of Accounting”


"Emotionally compelling"

- The Washington Post on Maura O’Connell

"Casey’s voice is among the loveliest in folk music"

- Boston Globe on Karan Casey

"You may as well take your socks off before you listen to this… mine were blown off"

- The Living Tradition on Martin Tourish

"Stunning technique, impossibly agile rhythm work …"

- The Scotsman on Ed Boyd