Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly & John Doyle (Ireland)

Niamh Parsons, Ciarán Tourish, Liam Kelly & John Doyle (Ireland)

The season begins in epic form with a gathering of titans from trad super-groups Arcady, Altan, Dervish and Solas – vocalist Niamh Parsons, fiddler Ciarán Tourish, flautist Liam Kelly and guitar virtuoso John Doyle

Tour Dates

Tues 09 Jan, 8pm The Sugar Club, Dublin 2
Wed 10 Jan, 8pm Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo
Thurs 11 Jan, 8pm Station House Theatre, Clifden
Fri 12 Jan, 8pm Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr
Sat 13 Jan, 8pm Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Sun 14 Jan, 8pm National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford
Tues 16 Jan, 8pm Triskel Christchurch, Cork
Wed 17 Jan, 8pm Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
Thurs 18 Jan, 8pm Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Fri 19 Jan, 8pm Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Sat 20 Jan, 8pm Kinnegar Brewery, Letterkenny

Time to come in from the cold and gather round as four leading lights of Irish trad join forces in what promises to be an unforgettable tour. At the forefront of the Irish music scene for over 25 years, they’ve performed in every corner of the globe. Leading the charge is Arcady’s Niamh Parsons, a peerless balladeer with one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music.

Donegal fiddle maestro and long-time member of Altan, Ciarán Tourish is fêted for his incendiary improvisation and cascading arpeggios, providing the perfect foil for the invention and rhythmic drive of flautist Liam Kelly. A founder member of Dervish, Kelly is equally at home trading riffs with James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club or Sting. Add to the mix John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, heard on recordings by Solas, Joan Baez, Usher’s Island, Linda Thompson and Tim O’Brien among others, and you’ll find no finer musical company to carry you through January with a light heart and a skip in your step.


Niamh Parsons, voice

Ciarán Tourish, fiddle, whistle

Liam Kelly, flute, whistle

John Doyle, guitar, voice

Tues 09 Jan The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 8pm , €20 / €15 (OAPs/unwaged) / €10 (students) (Booking Fees Apply) (01) 475 0224 Music Network
Wed 10 Jan Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo 8pm , €18 / €16 / €9 (u18s) (071) 916 1518
Thurs 11 Jan Station House Theatre, Clifden 8pm , €15 (on the door) (095) 21699 (info only) Clifden Arts Society
Fri 12 Jan Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr 8pm , €16 / €14 / €8 (children u. 13) (057) 912 2911
Sat 13 Jan Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm , €16 / €14 (01) 272 4030
Sun 14 Jan National Opera House (Jerome Hynes Theatre), Wexford 8pm , €16 / €14 (053) 912 2400
Tues 16 Jan Triskel Christchurch, Cork 8pm , €15 / €12 (021) 427 2022
Wed 17 Jan Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire 8pm , €18 / €16 / €12 (01) 231 2929
Thurs 18 Jan Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar 8pm , €17 / €14 (094) 902 3733
Fri 19 Jan Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda 8pm , €16 / €14 (041) 983 3946
Sat 20 Jan Kinnegar Brewery, Letterkenny 8pm , €15 / €12 (074) 912 0777 (An Grianán) Regional Cultural Centre

Niamh Parsons - Where Are You Tonight I Wonder

Ciarán Tourish (Altan) - Molly Ban, Flowers Of Edinburgh & Famous Ballymote

Liam Kelly (Dervish) – The Swallow’s Tail

"Exquisite singing"

- The Guardian [on Parsons]

"Sligo has a reputation for its richly rhythmic flute style, and Dervish's Liam Kelly is one of its finest exponents"

- The Irish Times

"A tremendous musician"

- Hot Press [on Tourish]

"No one in traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now"

- The Wall Street Journal [on Doyle]