This Is How We Fly

"The exciting sound of new music taking shape, of four fearless musicians spreading their wings. "

Cormac Larkin, Irish Times

"This is what the future sounds like. Elegant and fresh sounds crossing international datelines between trad, folk and jazz sources."

Jim Carroll, Irish Times

"A white-hot creative crucible uniting four pyrotechnic young talents."

Celtic Connections

Initially brought together through a commission from the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2010 to play a one-off show, This Is How We Fly received an unexpectedly rapturous response. Their music sees Swedish folk music rhythms meet the texture of traditional Irish fiddle, percussive dance from America & improvised jazz and electronics. 

Best known for his work with the critically-acclaimed Irish super-group The Gloaming, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has deservedly gained an enviable profile as an innovative solo artist with his imaginative compositions and thrilling performance style. Seán Mac Erlaine's music draws on an education as a jazz musician, a track record as one of Ireland's most dynamic performers and a frequent cross-platform collaborator in theatre and dance projects.  Nic Gareiss has performed as a featured soloist with The Chieftains, Solas, Darol Anger, Dervish and Martin Hayes. Nic draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a technique in service of his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary and musical collaboration. Petter Berndalen is a ground-breaking percussionist deeply rooted in the Swedish folk music tradition. He frequently appears both as a solo artist as well as with different bands and projects, both in Sweden and worldwide.

This Is How We Fly’s eponymous debut album was released in September 2013 to rapturous reviews and can be purchased at


This is How we Fly perform What What What on RTÉ Television's The View presented by John Kelly.

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This Is How We Fly

Tour Dates

Friday 9 May, CORK