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
Dónal Lunny bouzouki & musical director
Pauline Scanlon vocals
Pádraig Rynne concertina
Jarlath Henderson uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, vocals
Aidan O'Rourke fiddle
Ewen Vernal bass
John Blease drums, percussion