At First Light

Irish Traditional Music tour

When five of the busiest young maestros on the traditional Irish music scene get together it’s sure to have trad fans wetting their lips and queuing up for tickets. So make a note now to hear this formidable foursome on their travels.’ - Belfast Telegraph

At First Light comprises the talent of world-renowned Uilleann piper John McSherry and outstanding young fiddle player Dónal O'Connor.

Combined with the talent of Francis McIlduff from the famous McPeake Clann, the power, clarity and sheer joy of Alan Burke (formerly of the band Afterhours) and Asturien Traditional Musician of the Year 2006 Rubén Bada, you can see why the band is being portrayed as a dream team.

McSherry is hailed as one of the finest exponents of Uilleann piping in the world today.

At 15 he had two All-Ireland Championship titles under his belt and at 18 he was the youngest ever winner of the senior 'Oireachtas' piping competition.

By 25, he had gained a reputation as a world-class studio session musician, recording with the likes of Clannad and Nanci Griffith.

O'Connor has inherited a musical legacy of five generations of fiddle players and countless generations of traditional singing.

His playing has been described as ‘immaculate’, ‘electrifying’ and ‘borne out of naked talent and consummate professionalism.’

O'Connor has toured Europe and the USA extensively as both a lead and backing instrumentalist with a number of bands including La Lugh.

Born into the legendary McPeake family in Belfast, McIlduff is widely recognised today as one of the finest pipers in the country.

Since debuting with the family band Clann McPeake at a very tender age, Francis has gone on to perform with some of the foremost traditional and contemporary artistes in music today including Alias Ron Kavana, Sin E, Afterhours and Hungarian folk outfit Fianne.

Born in Dublin, Byrne is a musician of mammoth proportions. He began a course in Progressive Traditional And Folk Music Performance, which led to the formation of Shinook, a band comprising fellow students.

With Shinook, Byrne was able to stretch his guitar skills while touring around Europe and Ireland.

Listen more than once and you'll ford rivers in search of the live equivalent’ - Irish Times

Arts Centre at Ballymoney Town Hall, Wednesday 7 February, 8pm
Tickets £7/£5 conc. from 028 2766 0230

North Down Heritage Centre, Thursday 8 February, 8pm
Tickets £8/£6 conc. from 028 9127 1200

Omagh Library, Friday 9 February, 8pm
Tickets £5 from 028 8224 7831

Down Arts Centre, Saturday 10 February, 8pm
Tickets £9/£7 conc. from 028 4461 5283

Solstice Arts Centre, Sunday 11 February, 8pm
Tickets €15 from 046 909 2300