Saturday 5th Feb 2022
  • Music

February 5, 2022 the Séamus Ennis Arts Centre welcomes Sorcha Costello, Catherine (Kate) McHugh and Elaine Reilly for the first in a series of concert performances featuring emerging female Irish Traditional musicians.

The concert will also be streamed live on our YouTube channel here and our Facebook page here.

Ardán is as an exciting series of concert performances featuring emerging female Irish Traditional musicians.
Curated and hosted by renowned Irish traditional musician, Louise Mulcahy,  the concert series will feature both solo and group performances to a live and streamed audience.
The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is committed to develop the newest generation of traditional artists. In line with this Louise will work closely with the artists to deliver a special concert programme.

Sorcha Costello is a traditional Irish fiddle player from Tulla Co. Clare and hails from a family emerged in traditional Irish music. Sorcha was named Gradam Ceoil TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2021 which took place in Belfast last October. She performs mainly as a solo artist but is also part of other musical collaborations which includes a duet with her mother, Mary MacNamara. Sorcha is also a member of ‘The Provenance’, which is a fiddle group led by Frankie Gavin.

From Annaghdown, County Galway, Catherine (Kate) McHugh is one of the most outstanding young accompanists in Irish traditional music today. Growing up in an area steeped in legends of Irish traditional music, she grew up listening to and playing with many of the outstanding East Galway musicians including Joe Burke, Conor Tully, John Joe Forde, Eddie Moloney, Paddy Carty and the legendary Keane Family of Caherlistrane. Her approach to piano accompaniment, heavily influenced by legends of the piano such as Charlie Lennon, Carl Hession, Fr Seamus Quinn, Brian McGrath and Kevin Brehony, is far beyond her years with a unique understanding of the music she performs.

From Granard, Co Longford, Elaine Reilly is one of the foremost tenor banjo players of her generation. She is in high demand as an accomplished and much sought after performer and tutor. She has taught at many events including The Willie Clancy Summer School and Scoil Eigse and has toured extensively in Ireland, Britain and North America. In 2020, Elaine was chosen as one of 20 musicians for Trad Ireland’s 20/20 visionaries project and most recently has recorded with fellow Longford banjo player, Angelina Carberry.

Louise Mulcahy is an internationally renowned performer on both uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. Louise is a member of the highly acclaimed Mulcahy Family and no musical family today is more impressive in upholding the best principles of the tradition than the Mulcahy’s of Abbeyfeale, West Limerick. Alongside four album releases with father, Mick, and sister Michelle, Louise also appeared a number of years ago on Na Píobairí Uilleann’s compilation of young uilleann pipers entitled ‘A New Dawn’. Louise released her highly acclaimed début solo album titled ‘Tuning the Road’ in 2014. ‘A complete wonder of an album from a truly brilliant musician’ – Bill Margeson. Louise has toured extensively throughout the world including performances in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, America and Canada. Most recently, Louise was presented with The Arts Council’s prestigious Markievicz Award by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD


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