Ergodos Musicians

Ergodos Musicians

Ergodos Musicians, a dynamic collective of some of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians, serve up dramatic and hauntingly beautiful interpretations of songs through the ages.

Tour Dates

3 Feb, 8pm, €18 / €15 Mill Theatre, Dundrum
4 Feb, 8:30pm, €15 / €12 The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon
5 Feb, 8pm, €15 / €12 Station House Theatre, Clifden
6 Feb, 8pm, €12 / €10 VISUAL Carlow, Carlow
9 Feb, 8pm, €16 / €14 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
10 Feb, 8pm, €16 / €13 Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
11 Feb, 8pm, €15 / €5 Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford

Season Ticket

Prepare to be utterly entranced as five of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians celebrate the undying power of song, the most constant of musical forms. The ensemble segues seamlessly from medieval hymns and Baroque arias to 70s folk-rock and contemporary pop, one beguiling meditation on love, longing and loss melting into the next.

Ergodos is the brainchild of composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice, their gossamer arrangements creating an ethereal world where the hushed awe of a cathedral meets the intimacy of a late-night jazz club. In this incarnation, the clear, haunting tones of Michelle O’Rourke’s voice float above an ensemble with the lightest of touches. Cellist Kate Ellis, Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, has performed alongside Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley and Dawn Upshaw, while reed maestro and fellow musical acrobat Seán Mac Erlaine has appeared with Bill Frisell, The Smith Quartet, Hayden Chisholm, Lisa Hannigan, Iarla Ó Lionáird and The Gloaming.


Michelle O’ Rourke, vocals 
Seán Mac Erlaine, alto saxophone, bass clarinet 
Kate Ellis, cello 
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, electric guitar, synthesiser 
Garrett Sholdice, presenter, synthesiser


Audience reaction, News, Workshops, Photos and Videos from this tour

3 Feb Mill Theatre, Dundrum 8pm, €18 / €15 01 2969340 Mill Theatre
4 Feb The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon 8:30pm, €15 / €12 071 9650828 The Dock
5 Feb Station House Theatre, Clifden 8pm, €15 / €12 095 21699 (info only - tickets on the door) Clifden Arts Society
6 Feb VISUAL Carlow, Carlow 8pm, €12 / €10 059 9172400 VISUAL Carlow
9 Feb Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm, €16 / €14 01 2724030 Mermaid Arts Centre
10 Feb Siamsa Tíre, Tralee 8pm, €16 / €13 066 7123055 Siamsa Tíre
11 Feb Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford 8pm, €15 / €5 051 855038 Waterford Music

Programme includes:

Beata viscera (c. 1220) – Perotin
With darkness deep (1750) – G.F. Händel
The white birds (2010) – Donnacha Dennehy
Beat the retreat (1975) – Richard Thompson
Goodbye (1995) – Steve Earle
I am weary of lying alone – Traditional
Turn hopeless lover – G.F. Händel
Angels (2012) – The xx
May (2008) – Andrew Hamilton
Flow my tears – John Dowland
Vedrò con mio diletto (1724) – Antonio Vivaldi
Go not to Lethe – Benedict Schlepper-Connolly (a setting of John Keats)
Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill (c. 1692 – 1738) – Turlough O’Carolan
Raise thou our hopes of endless light (1750) – G.F Händel

Ergodos discuss the Songs project

"Nothing could better exemplify the continued vitality of the song tradition"

- The Irish Times


- The Classical Ear