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News: Grammy Award-Winning Trio Nickel Creek to Play at the National Concert Hall

22 Feb 2023

Grammy Award-Winning Trio Nickel Creek to Play at the National Concert Hall with First New Album in Nine Years - Celebrants

Nickel Creek: Chris Thile (mandolin), SaraWatkins (violin), Sean Watkins (guitar) Wednesday 30th August 2023, 8pm

Media Release Wednesday 22nd February

Following his sell out concert at NCH last year, mandolinist Chris Thile returns to the National Concert Hall, 30th August with SaraWatkins and Sean Watkins - the Platinum-selling and Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek for a special concert celebrating their new album Celebrants. The concert is part of the National Concert Hall’s Perspective Series for 2023. 

The trio of Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (violin) and Sean Watkins (guitar), return after a nine-year absence with Celebrants, their fifth studio album (to be released 24th March). The album marks a highly anticipated return for the beloved trio and explores the inherent dynamics of human connection. 



Described as a bounty of 18 disparate but loosely connected songs written collectively during a creative retreat in Santa Barbara in early 2021, the result is perhaps the most audacious, yet accessible release of the Grammy-winning trio’s 34-year career.  

The trio, who revolutionised bluegrass and folk in the early 2000s ushering in a new era of what is now recognised as Americana music, bring all their talents to bear in this new album which addresses love, friendship and time with lyrics both poetic and plain-spoken, as they see bridges built, crossed, burned and rebuilt. 

Of the project, the band reflected:  

“This is a record about embracing the friction inherent in real human connection. We begin the record yearning for and pursuing harmonious connection. We end the record having realised that truly harmonious connection can only be achieved through the dissonance that we’ve spent our entire adult lives trying to avoid.” (All Music Magazine) 

Nickel Creek’s Irish concert at the NCH follows three sold out concerts in the UK earlier this year and is the only Irish concert planned by the group, presented by The National Concert Hall.



Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall or Roisin Dwyer, PR & Publications Executive, National Concert Hall. Sinead.doyle@nchie / 087 - 1775334 or / 085-7129628 


The National Concert Hall (NCH) has an ambition to be one of the world’s great centres for music, a centre which will be a symbol of national pride for Irish people everywhere. But above all, a centre for music which will enable the NCH to best deliver on its statutory remit for music, the arts, for culture and for our nation.        
Based in the heart of Dublin City Centre, the NCH is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for music hosting in excess of 1,000 events each year, pre-pandemic. World-class music and entertainment for all ages is at the heart of its offering, enriching people’s lives through music and the magic of live performance. It is the proud home to the National Symphony Orchestra, who perform their annual season of symphonic and classical music alongside more popular and lunchtime concerts throughout the year. The NCH is also host to a number of Ireland’s music development bodies including Music Network, Music Generation and NCH associate ensembles, Chamber Choir Ireland, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Crash Ensemble, who together with the National Symphony Orchestra secures the National Concert Hall’s position as a national centre for the performance, appreciation and enjoyment of music in Ireland.