Iarla Ó Lionáird will be joined by Cormac MacCarthy on piano, and Matthew Berrill on clarinet.

Legendary vocalist for Cloughjordan concert

Cloughjordan Amphitheatre proudly welcomes the most celebrated traditional vocalist of his generation, Iarla Ó Lionáird, for a very special concert, amuigh faoin spéir, on Saturday, July 13. This promises to be a very special evening of exceptional musicianship with accompaniment on then night by Cormac MacCarthy on piano, and Matthew Berrill on clarinet.

Iarla Ó Lionáird has carved a unique career in music both internationally and in Ireland. From his iconic early recordings as a young boy, to goundbreaking work with the Afro-Celt Soundsystem, and more recently as lead singer with The Gloaming, he has shown a breadth of artistic ambition that sets him apart in the Irish Music fraternity.

The Cloughjordan venue is located just off the Shinrone/Birr Road. Support on the night is from Maggie McEntee. Teas and coffees and soft drinks are available, and its BYOB otherwise. Under 16s are welcome and can go free if accompanied by a ticket holder. Tickets are priced €25 and available through Eventbrite, and on the door.

Ó Lionáird is twice Grammy-nominated, and has worked with a stellar cast of composers including Donnacha Dennehy, Dan Trueman, Kate Moore, Nico Muhly, Linda Buckley, Gavin Bryars and David Lang. He has performed and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, Robert Plant and Sinead O'Connor among many others.

From New York's Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House and beyond, he has performed as soloist with concert and symphony orchestras worldwide. As a broadcaster, his recent Radio Series ‘Vocal Chords’ for RTE Lyric FM, won international awards. His film credits include ‘Gangs of New York’, ‘Hotel Rwanda’, and as featured singer in the film ‘Brooklyn’ starring Saoirse Ronan.

Cormac McCarthy is a pianist, composer, arranger and conductor from Cork. Noted for a diverse stylistic palette, and equally at home in a variety of genres, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by artists including Phil Woods, Jeff Hamilton, Mick Flannery and The RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Berrill leads a diverse career as a performer, improvisor, composer, arranger and curator. An integral member of numerous ensembles in the jazz, improvised and traditional Irish music spheres, he also works in trio partnership with Cormac McCarthy and Iarla Ó Lionáird, and plays regularly with Mick Flannery, having recorded on the 2023 No 1 Irish Independent Album ‘Goodtime Charlie’. He has appeared at festivals including Masters of Tradition, New Music Dublin, Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Boyle Arts Festival and the Edmonton Folk Festival, Canada.


Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.ie