Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s In My Mind - a solo fiddle and film show

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s In My Mind - a solo fiddle and film show

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh sets off on a unique journey to the heart of Irish music. His mission: to boldly explore the beauty and humour of traditional music, aided and abetted by his 10-string fiddle, a film projector, and a host of “virtual” guests.

Tour Dates

11 Oct, 8pm, €12 / €10 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny
12 Oct, 6pm, €12 / €10 The Model, Sligo
13 Oct, 8pm, €16 / €14 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
14 Oct, 8pm, €18 / €13 Sugar Club, Dublin
15 Oct, 8pm, €16 / €14 Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
16 Oct, 8pm, €15 / €12 Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
17 Oct, 8pm, €16 / €14 Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
18 Oct, 8pm, €15 / €12 Triskel Christchurch, Cork
19 Oct, 8pm, €15 / €12 Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - hardanger d’amore, film projector, loops

Just how would you set about showing the beauty, depth and humour of traditional Irish music to someone who had never heard it? Armed with his trusty 10-string “Hardanger d’Amore” fiddle and a film projector, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh sets out to do exactly that in his unique and wonderful take on what makes Irish traditional music beautiful.

Inside the projector are “virtual guests”, friends whom he has filmed: musician, dancer, singer, poet and landscape, each of whom make the other half of a duet with a live Caoimhín. A better look at what goes on inside a musician’s head could not be had, not if you cut it in half and hinged it open.

In My Mind is a window into the world of music-making, from a musician equally at home playing traditional Irish slides and polkas as exploring contemporary musical landscapes. 

One of the most acclaimed (and prolific) traditional musicians of his generation, Ó Raghallaigh has performed in such venues as the Lincoln Centre in NYC, the Barbican in London, and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. In addition to being an established solo artist, he performs duos with accordion player Brendan Begley and Dublin uilleann piper Mick O'Brien, plays in a trio with Martin Hayes and Peadar Ó Riada, and is a member of two groups: The Gloaming and This Is How We Fly.

11 Oct Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny 8pm, €12 / €10 074 912 0777 Regional Cultural Centre
12 Oct The Model, Sligo 6pm, €12 / €10 071 914 1405 The Model
13 Oct Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8pm, €16 / €14 094 902 3733 Linenhall Arts Centre
14 Oct Sugar Club, Dublin 8pm, €18 / €13 01 475 0224 Music Network
15 Oct Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm, €16 / €14 01 272 4030 Mermaid Arts Centre
16 Oct Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge 8pm, €15 / €12 045 448 327 Riverbank Arts Centre
17 Oct Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm, €16 / €14 01 231 2929 Pavilion Theatre
18 Oct Triskel Christchurch, Cork 8pm, €15 / €12 021 427 2022 Triskel Arts Centre
19 Oct Tipperary Excel Centre, Tipperary 8pm, €15 / €12 062 80 520 Tipperary Excel Centre

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh with a virtual Enda Ó Catháin at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin in 2009.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh playing a solo set from 'The Back Loft' in Dublin. Filmed by musician/filmmaker Myles Ó Reilly, June 2009

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Mick O'Brien on The Highland Sessions.

"The most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad"

- Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo

"The missing link between Martin Hayes and Purple Haze"

- Nick Kelly, Irish Independent