Atlantic Arc Orchestra

Atlantic Arc Orchestra is a collaborative project that brings together some of the most respected traditional musicians and singers from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England under the musical direction of Ireland's legendary Dónal Lunny. 

Formed in 2016, Atlantic Arc Orchestra came together for a series of one-off shows including Cork Folk Festival and Celtic Connections. Having discovered a shared interest in exploring and cultivating contemporary expressions of traditional music, the eight members set Atlantic Arc Orchestra on a course of openness and curiosity towards collaboration. 

Through a programme of original, traditional, re-arranged and shared material, the members have created a powerful fusion of musical ancestry.

Dónal Lunny (Ireland) - Musical Director and Bouzouki
Popularly regarded as having been central to the renaissance of Irish music over thelast three decades, having been a member of Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and Mozaik.  

Pauline Scanlon (Ireland) - Vocals
One of Ireland’s most cherished traditional singers. Born into an Irish speaking Gaeltacht community she is an authentic interpreter of Ireland’s cultural landscape and a leading female artist.  

Aidan O'Rourke (Scotland) - Fiddle
Both a “dazzling fiddler” and an “unfailingly strong and imaginative” composer Aidan O'Rourke stands at the centre of the modern Scottish folk music revival.  

Pàdraig Rynne (Ireland) - Concertina
A virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today.   

Jarlath Henderson (Northern Ireland) - Vocals, Uilleann Pipes, Whistle, Guitar
Singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer.  Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on uilleann pipes and whistles, while fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist.   


Festival of Voice special guests: 

Lisa Jên (Wales) - Vocals
Front singer with 9 Bach, one of Wales’ most celebrated, distinctive and atmospheric-sounding bands. 

Sam Lee (England) - Vocals
Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, song collector, award winning promoter and broadcaster, Sam Lee traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in diverse places and ways.  

Julie Fowlis (Scotland) - Vocals
Multi-award winning Gaelic singer deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. With a career spanning ten years and four studio albums, her ‘crystalline’ and ‘intoxicating’ vocals have enchanted audiences around the world. 


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“A musically charged experience that redefines brilliance.” TJ Peterson