Biography

Atlantic Arc Orchestra is a new collaborative project that brings together some of the most respected traditional musicians from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Brittany under the musical direction of 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 eight members have created a powerful fusion of Irish, Scottish and Breton musical ancestry. 

A musically charged experience that redefines brilliance.”

— TJ Peterson

© Louis de Carlo

© Louis de Carlo

Dónal Lunny                       bouzouki & musical director 

Pauline Scanlon                vocals 

Pádraig Rynne                   concertina 

Jarlath Henderson           uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, vocals 

Aidan O'Rourke                 fiddle 

Sylvain Barou                     uilleann pipes, flutes 

Ewen Vernal                        bass 

John Blease                        drums, percussion