Atlantic Arc Orchestra

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Updated: August 15th, 2017

Atlantic Arc Orchestra


Lime Tree Theatre | Tue, 17th October | 8pm | €20/€18


Atlantic Arc Orchestra: Dónal Lunny (Planxty), Pauline Scanlon (Lumiere), Jarlath Henderson, Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), Padraig Rynne (Notify), Sylvain Barou, Ewen Vernal (Capercaillie), John Blease (Paulo Nutini), Graham Henderson (Moving Hearts).

Atlantic Arc Orchestra is a specially commissioned collaborative project that brings together some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians. In this debut series of shows the collective will feature musicians from Ireland (north and south), Scotland and England in a highly anticipated concert series supported by Beyond Borders.

Spearheading a new wave of traditional music Atlantic Arc Orchestra is dedicated to an entirely new, suspense-charged relationship between the traditional and the modern.  Through a programme of original, traditional, re-arranged and shared material,the seven members of the ensemble create a powerful fusion that pushes the tradition to the edge of its boundaries in an organic collaboration of Irish, Scottish and English musical ancestry.

Deconstructing barriers, while outwardly exploring questions of identity and environment, the seven members have cultivated a unique process of openness and curiosity towards new ‘traditional’ music.  The creative process is an improvisational journey of Celtic synergies, its rhythms, melodies and songs. Together these figure heads of the tradition form an extraordinary ensemble for a musically charged experience that redefines brilliance.

Donal Lunny                          Bouzouki & Musical Director
Pauline Scanlon                    Vocals
Padraig Rynne                      Concertina
Aidan O’Rourke                    Fiddle
Jarlath Henderson               Uileann Pipes
Ewen Vernal                          Bass
Sylvain Barou                       Uileann Pipes/Flute
John Blease                           Drums, Percussion

dónal lunny Ireland | bouzouki and musical director

A gifted guitar and bouzouki player, composer and producer, Dónal Lunny is the figurehead of Irish traditional music and a house-hold 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 recently Mozaik. Much sought after in studio, he has produced albums for artists such as Kate Bush, Baaba Maal, Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Rod Steward, Fairground Attraction, Indigo Girls and Clannad. ||

jarlath henderson Northern Ireland | uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, vocals
The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award, back in 2003, Tyrone-born multi-instrumentalist and singer Jarlath Henderson is popularly known for his firebrand duo with Scottish piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie. Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on uilleann pipes and whistles, while fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist, Henderson has performed and recorded in such illustrious company as Lau, Capercaillie, Paddy Keenan, Phil Cunningham and Michael McGoldrick. His hotly-anticipated solo debut, Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, was launched to critical acclaim at Celtic Connections 2016. ||

pauline scanlon Ireland | vocals
With a voice described as “a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength” (Irish Times), Pauline Scanlon is one of Ireland’s most cherished traditional singers and one half of the celebrated duo LUMIERE. Hailing from the Irish tradition yet equally versed in contemporary music, Scanlon has a gift of making the oldest ballads sound fresh while gracing a timeless resonance to newer material. 2016 saw the release of her fifth album Gossamer, produced by long time collaborator John Reynolds (Sinéad O’Connor, Seun Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Damien Dempsey). ||

pádraig rynne Ireland | concertina
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. Having studied music, media and performance technology and with a passion for experimenting with diverse genres Pádraig is recognized for his re- freshing explorations into the Irish tradition and for his ground-breaking band NOTIFY, described by the New York Echo as “cinematic in scope”. ||

aidan o’rourke Scotland | fiddles
Both as a fiddler and composer, Aidan O’Rourke ranks with the foremost Scottish musicians of his generation, deeply rooted in tradition while audaciously expanding its parameters. A founder member of top UK folk acts Lau and Blazin’ Fiddles, he has also released 3 outstanding solo albums, Sirius (’06), An Tobar (’08), Hotline (’13), as well as featuring on more than 80 recordings by other artists. His original compositions, including a string of high- profile commissions, have won widespread acclaim for their innovative synthesis of diverse musical styles. “Few contemporary musicians in any category can match either his artistic ambitions or his achievements in bringing them to fruition.” The Scotsman ||

sylvain barou Brittany | uilleann pipes, flutes
Brittany’s Sylvain Barou is considered the best traditional flute player of his generation. Having played mainly Irish and Breton traditional music, Sylvain has performed and recorded with foremost artists such as Guidewires, Altan, Guichen, Alain Genty, Jacques Pellen, Erik Marchand, Dan Ar Braz, Gilles Le Bigot, Andy Irvine and Mairtin O’Connor. A leading figure in the Breton “fest-noz” scene, Sylvain is also involved in several world music projects with artists such as tabla player Trilok Gurtu and Crete’s Stelios Petrakis. ||

ewen vernal Scotland | bass
Scotland’s Ewen Vernal has enjoyed an eclectic global music career. From world-wide success with Deacon Blue (4m album sales, 12 UK Top 40 singles, 2 No.1 albums) to joining ground-breaking folk band Capercaillie, with whom he remains an influential member. Ewen has worked with Scottish progressive-rock singer Fish to English folk star Kate Rusby and has appearanced with Lou Reed, Michael Brecker, Chris Rea, and many more. ||

john blease Scotland | drums
John Blease is one of the most diverse and in demand drummers in the UK who tours and records with many different bands, spanning a spectrum of genres including: Paolo Nutini, Jamie Cullum, Goldie, Ghostpoet, Anthony & The Johnsons, The Streets, Massive Attack, Ellie Goulding. He has also worked with Michael Bolton, Bette Midler, Georgie Fame, Mose Allison, Gilad Atzmon, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, to name just a few. ||


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