The transatlantic folk band of Folk trio Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson and Josh Kaufman aka Bonny Light Horseman will perform together with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra this September.
The European premiere of Bonny Light Horseman’s orchestra-assisted show will be performed at the Cork Opera House on Friday September 8th for the Sounds From A Safe Harbour Festival and Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday September 14th, before it travels to and The Barbican in London.
Orchestral arrangements are by The National’s Bryce Dessner, and will be conducted by Robert Ames and performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
The band’s name Bonny Light Horseman comes from a Planxty song.
About Bonny Light Horseman
The timeless qualities of traditional tunes can carry us across oceans and eons, linking us not only to the past but to each other as well. It was under the banner of those eternal connections that the trio of Bonny Light Horseman came together. Comprised of Anaïs Mitchell (Hadestown), Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman— mixing the ancient, mystical medium of transatlantic traditional folk music with a contemporary, collective brush. The resulting album, Bonny Light Horseman, is an elusive kind of sonic event: a bottled blend of lightning and synergy that will excite fans of multiple genres, eras, and ages.
Folk trio Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson and Josh Kaufman began their musical experiment together in 2018, and were soon after invited to perform at the Eaux Claires festival by its co-founders, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National). Encouraged by the natural, intuitive bond they felt while writing together, the trio’s direction toward traditional songs from the British Isles emerged quickly, culminating in the self-titled Bonny Light Horseman followed by their 2022 album Rolling Golden Holy, described as ‘impeccably crafted’ by UNCUT.
Featuring new arrangements for orchestra by Bryce Dessner, this concert is presented by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in partnership with Sounds from a Safe Harbour.