Irish Hooley at the Islington Assembly Hall

Date 30/06/2023 Total price, inc booking fee £25.60 Time 19:00

A quadruple bill concert of traditional Irish music, song and dance presented by Irish Music & Dance in London (IMDL).

· At the Racket

· Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Dónal O’Connor

· Eimear McGeown

· The Trad Gathering

At the Racket feature John Carty, Brian McGrath and Séamus O’Donnell. The band are well known for their uplifting banjo/saxophone lead sound which gives that divil-may-care-ness to all their tunes, be they jigs, reels, flings, waltzes or songs. At the Racket bring an interesting new sound to Irish music today, playing seriously joyous music, which will lift hearts and dare the feet to stop dancing.

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Dónal O’Connor is a multi-award winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne, West Kerry. She received the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award for Best Traditional track in 2018. A leading exponent of the sean nós style, her repertoire also includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources.

As the son of internationally renowned fiddler Gerry O’Connor and acclaimed vocalist Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Dónal O’Connor comes from a line of traditional musicians spanning back through countless generations. A native Irish speaker, Donal is a highly accomplished fiddle player as well as a tv producer and presenter. O’Connor has also served as a presenter for BBC Radio, and TG4 television.

Muireann’s latest recording with the Irish Chamber Orchestra was produced by Dónal O’Connor: Róisín Reimagined explores the connections between classical and traditional music and reimagines these timeless songs for a new era.

Eimear McGeown (concerto composed by Carl Hession)

Virtuoso flautist, Eimear McGeown, will perform the première of a Suite composed by Carl Hession for Classical and Irish flutes accompanied by string quartet. Eimear started Irish flute at a young age with the legendary Séamus Tansey and won two All Ireland titles. She moved to London to study Classical flute at Trinity College of Music. Two of her most notable performances have been as soloist on BBC’s Last Night of the Proms and in Carnegie Hall. Carl Hession is regarded as one of Traditional Irish music’s finest accompanists, composers and arrangers – together they have sculpted a unique new piece together that also includes a jig Eimear composed to finish the whole suite.

The Trad Gathering

IMDL’s youth project, The Trad Gathering, presents an ensemble of today’s great young London Irish musicians, together to perform music from the great Kerry fiddler, Julia Clifford. Led by Karen Ryan (fiddle) and Pete Quinn (piano).

Age guidance: family-friendly

This evening’s event is the annual fundraiser for the Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL) who promote Irish arts throughout the city.

By purchasing a ticket to this event you are agreeing to adhere to Islington Assembly Hall’s terms and conditions:

Stage times (subject to change)

19:00 Doors

19:45 The Trad Gathering

20:20 Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Dónal O’Connor

21:15 Eimear McGeown and String Quartet

21:45 At the Racket

All tickets to shows at Islington Assembly Hall are subject to a Venue Levy of £1 + VAT. As a Grade II listed building, this levy will be reinvested into Islington Assembly Hall and its services, meaning the customer experience can continue to be enhanced.

Accessible and carer ticketing information:

Presented by Irish Music and Dance in London.

This is a 9+ event and 9-15 y/o need to be accompanied by an adult all times – you may be asked to prove your age and if you are not able to show valid ID, you may be refused entry. Valid ID includes passports, driving licences, over 16+ zip oyster photocard and citizen cards. Photocopies will not be accepted.