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Iarla Ó Lionáird with Cormac McCarthy and Matthew Berrill. Saturday May 20th. Doors 7.30pm St. Mary's Church (Ticketed) - Sean Nós Style Trad and fusion


Iarla Ó Lionáird with Cormac McCarthy

A very special candlelit concert in the 19th Century Church at the gates of Howth Castle is just the perfect venue for Twice Grammy nominated artist Iarla Ó Lionáird. He is probably best know as the lead singer with Irish/America Supergroup The Gloaming but his groundbreaking work to date encompasses so much more, making him one of the truly great Irish artists of our time. From his groundbreaking recordings with Crash Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound and The Gloaming to performing with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, Robert Plant and Sinead O'Connor, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity.

Iarla will be joined onstage by Cormac McCarthy and Matthew Berrill. Cormac is a highly respected pianist, composer, arranger and conductor from Cork and member of Martin Hayes' most recent project, The Common Ground Ensemble. Noted for a diverse stylistic palette, and equally at home in a variety of genres, his music is said to "defy categorisation" (Lyric FM).

Matthew Berrill is a sought after musician and is a member of many ensembles in the jazz, improvised and traditional Irish worlds, including Ensemble Ériu and the Irish Memory Orchestra. In July '22, Matthew graduated with distinction following a two year Masters in Jazz Performance and Composition at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, London which was made possible by a scholarship offered by the Academy.

This will be a once in a lifetime experience.

“Magnificently expressive” - The New York Times
"One of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music" - The Guardian
"O'Lionaird's real triumph is his voice: as soft as a feather bed and as searingly sharp as a blade when the mood calls" - The Irish Times
"His voice will astound you. It soars - and it's as profound, simple and beautiful as wild horses... Genius is the operative word here.” - Time Out New York.


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