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NCH announces programme for Tradition Now Series June 10th & 11th

May 8, 2023

Tradition Now returns this June 10 and 11 with performances by a lazarus soul, Steve Cooney, Maija Sofia, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Landless and more, an Initiative of the Arts Council and National Concert Hall

  • Tradition Now with a lazarus soul, Steve Cooney, Maija Sofia, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Landless and more      
  • National Concert Hall – Main Stage, John Field Room, Kevin Barry Room, Studio   
  • Saturday 10 June and Sunday 11 June 2023 from 7.30pm    
  • Tickets €25    
  • On Sale Thursday 27 April  
  • NCH Box Office 01 4170000 /  

On June 10 and 11, the National Concert Hall, together with the Arts Council, present the 11th instalment of the Tradition Now Series. This summer’s edition features main stage performances by Dublin folk act a lazarus soul on June 10 and a special one-off concert on June 11 Reflecting Migrations, in association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive, celebrating the living tradition, with Steve Cooney, Nava, Moxie, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, John Blake, Brían MacGloinn & Jesse Smith, Kseniya Rusnak, Esosa Ighodoro and more.

The series, which has garnered a growing audience, has evolved into an increasingly popular bi-annual event celebrating innovation in traditional music while staying true to its roots.

Following a sold-out tour of Ireland in 2022, a lazarus soul return from a 15-month live hiatus for their sole headline show of 2023. The band’s seminal fifth album, The D They Put Between The R & L, saw their reputation soar as one of Ireland’s most singular groups. The stellar line-up of Julie Bienvenu, Joe Chester, Anton Hegarty and Brian Brannigan has endured for over a decade.

The other main stage show, Reflecting Migrations, presented in association with ITMA, which celebrates the living tradition, includes performances by RTÉ Folk Award Best Folk Group nominees Navá, legendary guitar player Steve Cooney, exceptional flautist John Blake with American fiddler Jesse Smith and Brían MacGloinn of Ye Vagabonds, traveling musician Thomas McCarthy – one of the most important singers of his generation, alternative folk act Moxie and Irish speaker, poet and sean nós dancer, Cuthbert Tura Arutura from Zimbabwe. 

June 10’s iteration also sees concerts by celebrated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, UK folklore collective Hack-Poets Guild (Marry Waterson, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann) and acclaimed four-part harmony act Landless.  

June 11’s programme also includes performances by acclaimed songwriter Maija Sofia whose 2019 debut album Bath Time was nominated for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, gifted violinist Aoife Ní Bhríain and award-winning Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, West Kerry singer, songwriter and accordion player Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich and more.  

Tradition Now is an initiative of the Arts Council and National Concert Hall and is supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.  

Reflecting Migrations is presented in association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive.


Saturday 10 June    

Main Stage    

7.30pm a lazarus soul    

John Field Room   

8.30pm John Field Room Sessions  

(Informal traditional music sessions in the John Field Room)  

The Studio   

8.30pm Hack-Poets Guild  

9.30pm Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin  

Kevin Barry Recital Room   

8.30pm Landless  

Sunday 11 June  

Main Stage   

7.30pm Reflecting Migrations   (in association with ITMA) 

Nava, Moxie, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, John Blake & Brían MacGloinn & Jesse Smith, Steve Cooney, Thomas McCarthy, Paul Dooley & Kseniya Rusnak, Esosa Ighodoro, Jackie, Bernadatte, Marianne and Tommy  McCarthy, Eimear McGeown & Libby McCrohan, Órlaith McAuliffe, Cuthbert Tura Arutura. 

John Field Room   

8.30pm John Field Room Sessions   

(Informal traditional music sessions in the John Field Room)  

 The Studio   

8.30pm Maija Sofia  

9.30pm Aoife Ní Bhríain + Catrin Finch  

Kevin Barry Recital Room   

8.30pm Meabh Ni Bheaglaoich  

Tickets €25 On Sale Thursday 27 April  

Tickets include entry to all Tradition Now concerts for the date purchased.  

10% Discount for Friends of NCH   

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