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News: The National Concert Hall in Association with Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) Presents ‘Drawing From The Well’

07 Feb 2023

The National Concert Hall in Association with Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) Presents Leading Traditional Performers for the ‘Drawing From The Well’ Series this March

Featuring: Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Catherine McEvoy (flute), Yvonne and Liz Kane (fiddle) Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (flute), Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich (accordion, songs), Charlie Lennon (fiddle), Pádraic Keane (uilleann pipes), Derek Hickey (accordion), Conal Ó Grada (flute), Sibéal Davitt (dance), presented by Aoife Nic Cormaic and Cian Ferriter.

Media Release Tuesday 7 February 10am

The third instalment of the acclaimed Drawing From The Well series, devised by the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and presented in association with the National Concert Hall, brings some of Ireland’s leading contemporary traditional performers to the National Concert Hall stage on March 12 at 7.30pm. The concert sees artists draw inspiration from the great collections of Irish music housed at ITMA to bring together a variety of compelling stories told through music, dance, song and poetry.  

This year’s concert presents a very special line up of musicians and performers including virtuoso fiddle player Frankie Gavin, celebrated uilleann piper from Co. Galway Pádraic Keane, renowned traditional flute player Catherine McEvoy, accordion player from Limerick Derek Hickey, well-known West Galway fiddle players Liz and Yvonne Kane, and the great traditional flute player from Cúil Aodha Conal Ó Grada. Also performing on the night will be wonderful singers and instrumentalists Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (flute) and Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich (accordion, composer), legendary composer Charlie Lennon (fiddle) along with contemporary and sean nós dancer Sibéal Davitt. The programme will be presented through poetry and music by RTÉ Radio 1’s Rolling Wave presenter
Aoife Nic Cormaic (fiddle) and poet Cian Ferriter.  

ITMA Director Liam O’Connor: “The great collections of Irish music song and dance housed in ITMA serve as a continuing inspiration to our contemporary artists, fuelling new creative endeavours. It is a source of great satisfaction for the Archive that were are now, in association with NCH, staging the third Drawing from the Well concert in the series, platforming a group of artists who have individually connected with ITMA through our programmes and developed their solo performances through that productive engagement.”  

Robert Read, CEO of The National Concert Hall: “We are very pleased to collaborate with ITMA in presenting the third concert in the ‘Drawing from the Well’ series, celebrating the best in Irish traditional music today. Providing a platform for Irish traditional musicians and singers to perform is a key feature of our annual concert programme and this partnership with ITMA allows NCH to deepen its commitment in supporting, nurturing and celebrating Ireland’s rich musical culture and heritage”. 

National Concert Hall, Main Stage  
Sunday 12 March 7.30pm    
Tickets: €20, €25, €30
On Sale Wednesday 8 February 10am   
10% Discount for Friends of NCH and Groups of 10 or more     

Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager or Roisin Dwyer, PR & Publications Executive, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. (S. Doyle Tel: 087 1775334 / R. Dwyer 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.