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Tradition Now: Portraits Of Seán Ó Riada

2pm & 8pm – Main Stage In-person Tickets €20

Two concerts celebrate Seán Ó Riada’s enduring influence on a diverse range of Irish music 50 years after his untimely death.

Part 1 – 2pm

With RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Mick O’Brien

For the first concert RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra explore Ó Riada’s landmark orchestral output. Ó Riada’s ambition was to create orchestral music in the European tradition. As he said himself, ‘it is my composition that gives meaning to my existence’. The programme includes his landmark Hercules Dux Ferrariae, the evocative Banks of the Sullane and Ceol na Laoi as well as his famous film scores for Mise Éire and Saoirse. The concert also features contributions from Aoife Ní Bhriain and Mick O’Brien.

Curator : Anthony Long, RTÉ NSO

Curatorial advisor : Liam O’Connor

Part 2 – 8pm

With Ceoltóirí Chualann, Peadar O Riada, Seán Ó Sé, Seán Keane, Cormac Begley, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Doireann and Siún Ní Ghlacáin, Stephen Rea, Mick O’Brien and Crash Ensemble

Featuring Peadar Ó Riada with Ceoltóirí Chualann, including original members Seán Ó Sé and fiddle-player Seán Keane alongside concertina player Cormac Begley, composer, pianist and fiddle-player Ryan Molloy, singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide and Ó Riada’s granddaughters, the fiddle-players Doireann and Siún Ní Ghlacáin, Mick O’Brien, Michael Tubridy, Kevin Glackin and Éamon McGivney. John Kelly, Seán Potts and Mel Mercier, whose fathers were in Ceoltóirí Chualann, will also feature a host of the country’s finest musicians and singers, this portrait shines a light on Ó Riada’s extraordinary legacy, one that has helped shape the national psyche.

Crash Ensemble will perform his landmark Hercules Dux Ferrariae with single-strings. Stephen Rea will draw on Ó Riada’s influence on the writings of poets like Seamus Heaney and Thomas Kinsella. A curated soundscape contextualises Ó Riada’s disparate musical life.

Curator: Liam O’Connor with Gary Sheehan, NCH


Sep 25 2021


2:00 pm - 10:30 pm


National Concert Hall


National Concert Hall
National Concert Hall