Expect sparks to fly when West Kerry accordionist and singer Séamus Begley joins forces with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada and California dancer/pianist Samantha Harvey. This trio might be a recent collaboration, but each have a distinguished past within Irish traditional music. Begley is the quintessential Irish musician, displaying a frisky spontaneity in his accordion-playing. Fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, founder of noted group Téada, is one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today. Providing masterful accompaniment on piano, Samantha Harvey originally from Ventura, California now living in Sligo, is also an award-winning step dancer.
The critics have been forming an orderly queue to heap praise on Brona McVittie’s shoulders since the release of her debut album We Are the Wildlife. Lauren Laverne named it among her best-of-2018 picks, while The Guardian decided that this outwardly delicate record “has a bite behind it, showing you the stuff under the skin”. If music that occupies a broad triangle between Virginia Astley, Joanna Newsom and The Unthanks appeals to your ears and heart, then County Down native Brona is your new favourite artist. This show sees her launch brand new single, The Green Man, live with Myles Cochran (steel and acoustic guitars) and Anne Garner (flute, harmony vocals).