Rioghnach Connolly and Thomas McCarthy
Saturday 25th Sept 2021 | 8 p.m.
Venue: St Matthews Church, Dunmanway Road, Drimoleague
In accordance with government guidelines , please note that all ticket holders must show proof of vaccination or immunity to gain entry to the concert. Absolutely no exceptions.
Join BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2020 Rioghnach Connolly and TG4 Singer of the year 2019 Thomas McCarthy for an unmissable night of singing.
Thomas McCarthy was born in the town of Birr, County Offaly, into a well-respected Irish Traveller family. His grandfather was known as a “Seanachie” and thus was someone with a profound orally derived knowledge of the history and families of Ireland.
Thomas learnt his craft of singing and storytelling from his mother, Mary McCarthy, aunts and uncles. In fact his extended family has a long history of musicianship and includes the well-recognised and respected Doran Brothers and their grandfather “Big John Cash”, who all played the uilleann pipes.
Thomas is also an activist on behalf of his people. This can range from a positive education about his people during performances, talks and storytelling to confronting racism and racist language against Travellers when he comes across it. He has contributed to a number of educative equality and diversity events and conferences, where he has communicated useful information and understanding to professionals wishing to work constructively with the Traveller community.
Rioghnach Connolly is a singer and musician of wide ranging interests and musical talent. As a flautist she has crossed all sorts of musical genres to explore where the music takes her. As a singer steeped in the tradition of folk singing, she is not afraid to explore wider avenues of music meaning she is always an interesting artist to see perform live.
Her flourishing career has been acknowledged amongst her peers and culminated in Rioghnach being awarded the prized accolade of Folk Singer of the Year 2020 at the BBC Folk Awards.
Seating is unreserved.