A Raw Bar Affair


Saturday 19 August





Vibrant music from The Raw Bar Collective, Des Dillon’s set dancing puppets and the outstanding voice of Séan O’Sé – expect magic and mayhem!

The Raw Bar Collective

With a refreshingly uncluttered approach to playing, the Raw Bar Collective presents a vibrant and excitingly earthy style of Irish Traditional music. The Raw Bar Collective is a rare gathering of Irish musicians, each of them an acknowledged standard bearer within the tradition. 

The band members Conal Ó Gráda on flute, Benny McCarthy on accordion & Dave Sheridan on fiddle, are all long recognised as among the top instrumentalists in Ireland, sean nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín is commonly acknowledged as the most exciting traditional singing talent of her generation and Colm Murphy on bodhrán, is widely recognised as one of the top Traditional music percussionists of all time.

Des Dillon

Des Dillon is a multi-talented visual artist who works across multiple art forms. He has worked with D'Unbelieveables, Siamsa Tíre and his own show Taca Blac. His most recent traditional music collaboration was with life-sized puppet Peigí, who drew an exuberant response from the Late Late Show audience on RTE 1 TV. For this show Des will debut a colourful team of set dancing puppets, the likes of which have never been seen before.

Séan Ó Sé

Seán Ó Sé is a native of Bantry, Co. Cork, where he was born into an Irish speaking family immersed in traditional music and song. He studied singing under the late John T. Horne at The Cork School of Music.

Seán had a long association with Seán Ó Riada, which began with their recording of An Poc ar Buile for Gael-Linn. He sang with Ó Riada on several radio and television programmes, most notably Fleadh Cheoil an Raidió. He is featured on many of Ó Riada’s recordings including Ó Riada sa Gaiety and the film music of Rhapsody of a River and Kennedy’s Ireland.

Since Ó Riada’s death Seán has recorded with Donal Lunny, Dermot O’Brien and Peadar O’ Riada He has also featured on a number of Comhaltas Echoes of Erin CDs.

In recent years he has toured in America, the UK and Moscow Shanghai and Havana with COMHALTAS and last year he performed at the opening pageant Seachtar Fear, Seacht Lá for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Inis 2016

As well as being an outstanding singer Seán is now recognised as a very humorous storyteller who captures the real Cork wit very successfully.