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Conor Byrne Presents

Friday 18th March



This is How we Fly draws together four artists working at the creative edge of their fields. This remarkable group pulls on strands of innovative Irish music, free improvisation, Swedish fiddle music, traditional dance vocabulary and contemporary folk, creating an infectious performance engaging both the feet and the mind.

Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields, but rising above, redefining, renewing the musical world they come from. This incredible four-piece formed in September 2010, through a commission from the Dublin Fringe Festival (under the moniker Four on the Fringe of Folk) to play a one-off show and received an unexpectedly rapturous response. Their music sees Swedish folk music rhythms meet the texture of traditional Irish fiddle, percussive dance from America & improvised jazz and electronics.

“some of the most ear-opening music…” – Last Night’s Fun


Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle, hardanger fiddle http://www.caoimhinoraghallaigh.com/

Best known for his work with traditional musicians including Mick O’Brien & Brendan Begley, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has deservedly gained an enviable profile as an innovative solo artist with his imaginative compositions and thrilling performance style.

Seán Óg – bass clarinet, alto saxophone, electronics                 http://www.sean-og.com/

Seán Óg’s music draws on an education as a jazz musician, a track record as one of Ireland’s most dynamic performers and a frequent cross-platform collaborator in theatre and dance projects. His recent work with live electronics sees him bringing his work into previously unheard territories.

Nic Gareiss – percussive dance                                      http://www.nicgareiss.com/

Nic has performed as a featured soloist with The Chieftains, Solas, Darol Anger, Dervish and Martin Hayes. His work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that appeals to both the eyes and the ears. Nic draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a technique in service of his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary and musical collaboration.

Petter Berndalen – drums, percussion                              http://www.berndalen.se/

Petter Berndalen is a groundbreaking percussionist, turning the accepted conditions and past norms of drum playing upside down. Deeply rooted in the Swedish folk music tradition he is the first percussionist in the world with a degree in Swedish folk music. In 2008, after ten years of studies he graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Master’s of Fine Arts. He frequently appears both as a solo artist as well as with diffrent bands and projects, both in Sweden and worldwide.


Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – fiddle, hardanger fiddle
Seán Óg – bass clarinet, alto saxophone, electronics
Nic Gareiss – percussive dance
Petter Berndalen – drums, percussion

Cead Moladh le Muire Beannaithe by Seán Óg

  • Whelan's, 25 Wexford St.
  • Doors: 8pm
  • Tickets: €15 (incl fees)