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Backwards To Go Forwards

Islander and Arbutus Yarns Presents came together and made this documentary to take a little snapshot of a very small portion of what special things are happening in Irish folk and traditional music right now.

The artists featured here are as follows:
This is How we Fly
Cormac Begley
Saileog and Muireann Ní Cheannabháin (Muireann of Mongoose[in]famy)
Radie Peat, Cormac Mac Diarmada & Brian Flanagan of Rue
Ye Vagabonds
Slow Moving Clouds
The Bonny Men
Zoe Conway + John Mc Intyre

Interviews thoughtfully conducted by Myles O Reilly, Martin Burns and Donal Dineen.

Thank you sincerely to all of the artists who gave their time to create this, and to Arts Council Ireland Traditional Arts department for believing in the project. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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to Oct 20

Islander Presents - Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

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The acclaimed fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is to embark on a select few dates around Ireland this Autumn to test out new material with his trademark hardangar d’amore fiddle and electronics.

Taking time away from his other groups The Gloaming & This is How we Fly, Caoimhín will play these intimate shows as a way to bring new and improvised material to some of his favourite spaces throughout the country.

This Summer has seen Caoimhín perform in the UK at festivals such as WOMAD and at unique events such as Nest Collective’s ‘Singing with Nightingales’ series. These shows will be a welcome addition as he begins the process of creating his third solo album.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fddle called the hardanger d'amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in various duos, and as a member of two bands, The Gloaming and This is How we Fly.

He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center. He has made fifteen recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate. 

Caoimhín is known as a collaborator, having worked with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Amiina and Vincent Moon. He has made music for theatre and film, including music for the Oscar-nominated movie Brooklyn and Volker Schlondorff's Return to Montauk.

8 Sept - Quiet Lights (tickets)
21 Sept - Solstice Arts Centre (tickets)
18 Oct - Connolly's of Leap
19 Oct - Aula Maxima, UCC
20 Oct - The Duncairn

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to Sep 9

Quiet Lights

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The first iteration of Quiet Lights is an exciting new small-scale festival with a big heart, which aims to shine a light on the new wave of Irish folk and traditional talent that are quietly forging new paths, recollecting old tales and making new stories.

From Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September, music from the heart and for the soul will fill the city's nooks, crannies, chapels, and bars. The line-up features established and up-and-coming names like Katie Kim and Radie Peat, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh, Slow Moving Clouds, Landless, Inni-K, Cormac Begley, Saint Caoilian, Dowry, Claudia Schwab, Elaine Malone, and more.

For full line-up details and tickets visit

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to Oct 23

Islander Presents: Landless Autumn Tour

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Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh (Quiet Lights) – Friday 7th September 2018 TICKETS

The MAC, Belfast – Saturday 15th September 2018 (promoted by Moving on Music) TICKETS

The Black Gate, Galway – Thursday 11th October 2018 TICKETS

The National Concert Hall (Tradition Now) –Wednesday 23rd October 2018 TICKETS

More dates TBA

Landless are a traditional Irish vocal group from Dublin and Belfast who sing unaccompanied traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America in four-part harmony. A glorious live act to behold, their repertoire features songs of love, death and lamentation, as well as work songs, shape-note hymns and more recently penned folk songs. They have been spellbinding audiences around Ireland, the UK and Europe since 2013 and have just formally announced their arrival with the release of their deeply impressive debut album Bleaching Bones.

The last five years have witnessed a new & potent wave of young Irish folk artists releasing some of the most arresting and meticulously crafted albums released on this island for many a year. With the release of their debut album Bleaching Bones, on new Irish label Humble Serpent, Landless are ready to join the likes of Lisa O’Neill, Lankum, Brigid Mae Power, Daoiri Farrell & many more at the vanguard of a new generation of musicians leaving their indelible mark on an already rich and bountiful Irish folk music landscape.

“..when Landless step onstage and open their mouths, the hush in the room is louder than any amplifier hum” - The Irish Times, Live Review

The Autumn shows will be a welcome addition as he begins the process of creating his third solo album. For tour details and tickets, visit

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to Aug 11

Islander Presents - Ye Vagabonds' Tour of the Islands

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For the last two years, Ye Vagabonds have been collecting songs from Ireland, many of them from the islands scattered around the coast, and now they bring these songs to the islands themselves. This Summer the brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn will embark on a tour of the islands. They will perform to those who inhabit our most sparse and barren sods of earth off in the Atlantic and fill them with tunes young and old on Summers evenings. This collection of songs will be released in a new album, breathing life into tunes long forgotten and shelved, and bringing a new slant into songs performed for decades and centuries. This is a unique tour by one of Ireland's most exciting groups at their creative prime.

This is the first of four announcements in the 'Islander Presents' series, which is an ambitious touring circuit for four of Ireland's most exciting traditional and folk acts. More to be announced. Ye Vagabonds' Tour of the Islands is supported generously by the Arts Council of Ireland.


July 7th - Sherkin House, Sherkin Island
July 13th - Clare Island Club, Clare Island
July 25th - Halla Naomh Eoin, Inis Meáin
July 29th - Swell Festival, Aranmore
August 3rd  - Club Cléire, Cape Clear Island
August 10th  - Áras Éanna theatre, Inis Oirr
August 11th  - Halla Rónán, Inis Mór

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