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NCH announces trad & folk series Tradition Now for June with Fire Draw Near, Iona Zajac, Anna Mieke, Daragh Lynch and more

NCH announces trad & folk series Tradition Now for June with Fire Draw Near, Iona Zajac, Anna Mieke, Daragh Lynch and more

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The National Concert Hall has announced a new series of Ireland’s flourishing traditional music and folk scene which will take place from June 15th to 19th this year.

Alongside shows for Iona Zajac and Lankum’s Daragh Lynch who have previously collaborated, there will be a live podcast from Fire Draw Near, Ian Lynch‘s excellent folk podcast which delves into the tradition of a particular song and hears how it changed as history took its course.

There will be a debut NCH show from Rufous Nightjar, who are Anna-Mieke, Branwen Kavanagh, and Zoe Basha, while the ollam, a collaboration between Belfast piper John McSherry of Lunasa, and three Detroit based musicians; piper, whistler, Grammy-nominated producer Tyler Duncan (Theo Katzman), drummer Michael Shimmin (May Erlewine, Millish), and bassist Joe Dart (Vulfpeck) is on the cards.

Eimear Bradley and Natalia Beylis, who began creating together in 2020 for an arboreal music and research project titled ‘Whose Woods These Are’, continue that collaboration and will perform new music for keyboard instruments, cello and electronics.


Here’s the rundown.

The Olllam with special guest Harry Bradley, Dónal O’Connor & Libby McCrohan ,Saturday 18th June 8pm – Main Stage.

Eimear Reidy and Natalia Beylis, Wednesday 15th June 8.30pm (The Studio).

Iona Zajac and Daragh Lynch, Thursday 16th June 8.30pm (The Studio).

Rufous Nightjar, Saturday 18th June 6pm (The Studio).

Notify with Padraig Rynne,  Sunday 19th June 3pm (The Studio).

Fire Draw Near Sunday 19th June 8.30pm (The Studio).

Rufous Nightjar photo: Myriam Riand

Another series of Tradition now takes place later in the year.