The Button Factory, Dublin
Thu 23 Jan 2014 20:00
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Belfast-born uilleann piper John McSherry and Detroit natives Tyler Duncan (uilleann pipes, whistles) and Michael Shimmin (percussion) have been dreaming of ‘the olllam’ for the last decade. With a name inspired by the king’s own ollam bards of Irish lore, the trio wanted an ensemble that naturally represented their combined experiences in a multiplicity of styles.
McSherry, one of the best uilleann pipers in the world and a founding member of legendary Irish group Lúnasa, has been dubbed “a true master” by Irish Music Magazine and has performed and written with a wide variety of artists, from Ornette Coleman to Nanci Griffith. Duncan and Shimmin, both holding degrees in jazz performance, have also been busy with their award-winning Irish-jazz crossover group Millish, Duncan doing double-duty in the dance-rock group My Dear Disco/Ella Riot.
In September 2012 the trio finally released their debut album ‘the olllam’ on Compass Records. Described as stunning instrumental virtuosity, the debut is a magical marriage of tradition and technology, finding the listener somewhere between Radiohead and Planxty with the ambient emotionalism of Nick Drake.
Performing as a six piece (pipes/whistles, percussion, bass, guitar and keyboards), the olllam will be joined by special guest Pádraig Rynne; founding member of Guidewires and Triad (Dónal Lunny and Sylvain Barou), who is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest concertina players.