A night of music with Tara Breen & Pádraig Rynne, with Jim Murray and Dónal Lunny

Wednesday 29th Sep 2021
  • Music

Join us for an odyssey of wonder, joyfulness and upbeat music as four incredibly talented and creative folk musicians shape melodies from past and present into something dynamic and irresistible. A quartet comprising of musicians at the fore of our tradition, expect a performance from the gentle to the rhythmical and all the in-betweens.

This concert will be filmed with a live audience at The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre on September 29th, and will be broadcast at a later date as part of a series of events in celebration of the SEAC’s 20th anniversary. 

Tara Breen has numerous All Ireland titles on the fiddle and tours regularly with The Chieftains, Stockton’s Wing and as a solo performer.

Pádraig Rynne is considered a leading figure in Irish music and is a founding member of well-known bands such as NOTIFY, Atlantic Arc and Guidewires. Both Tara and Pádraig have worked regularly with Dónal Lunny over the past decade while Jim Murray and Pádraig have been long-time friends, first meeting on the Galway scene when Jim began working with Sharon Shannon.

Described as “one of the freshest sounds in Irish music” by fRoots, Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as the finest concertina player in Irish music today. With an MA in Music Technology and with a passion for experimenting in diverse genres Pádraig is recognized for his refreshing explorations into the Irish tradition and for his ground-breaking band NOTIFY, described by the New York Echo as “cinematic in scope”.

A worthy description as “a musical wizard” by Music Network, Tara Breen is the fiddler with the legendary band, The Chieftains. She is an all-round extraordinary musician who has 11 solo All-Ireland titles. Tara is also the winner of both the coveted Fiddler of Dooney and Michael Coleman Fiddle competitions and was invited to perform at Dublin Castle for the Queen of England during her State visit to Ireland. Tara has numerous recording credits to her name and regularly guests with artists such as Carlos Nunez, Stockton’s wing and the Trí Tones.

A gifted guitar and bouzouki player, composer and producer, Dónal Lunny is a figurehead of Irish traditional music and a household name in the Celtic music scene. He has been at the forefront of the evolution of the tradition for more than 35 years and is popularly regarded as having spearheaded its renaissance over the last three decades. Since the seventies, Dónal has founded legendary seminal Irish bands Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin; and at present plays with Mozaik, Triad, ZoDoMo, and Atlantic Arc. Much sought after in studio, he has worked with artists such as Kate Bush, Baaba Maal, Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Indigo Girls and Clannad.

Jim Murray has been touring the world full time as a professional musician since the age of eighteen. Jim is considered Sharon Shannon’s “right hand man” having recorded and toured with her over five continents.  He also released two critically acclaimed albums with long term partner Seamus Begley in 2001 and 2008 which collectively scooped many prestigious awards such as The Irish Times and Hot Press Traditional Irish Music Album of the Year. Since Jim’s arrival on the world stage, he has gained the respect of both national and international musicians and has performed and recorded with artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Steve Earl, Shane McGowan, Altan and Mary Black to mention but a few.


This concert will be filmed with a live audience at The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, and will be broadcast at a later date as part of a series of events in celebration of the SEAC’s 20th anniversary. Please note that your image may be used on our social media platforms as part of the filmed event.

All ticket holders must hold a valid Covid-19 vaccine certificate to attend on the night.

Tickets are extremely limited, and must be booked in advance.

We cannot accommodate walk-ups at this time.

We respectfully request that you read our Covid-19 information here.

Due to the extremely limited capacity of our indoor venue, we ask that anyone booking a ticket only do so if they are certain they will be able to attend the event.
If for some reason you are unable to attend, be sure to let us know in advance, so we can allocate your spot to someone else. 

This event is generously supported by Creative Ireland, Fingal County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland Traditional Arts Funding.