Jim MacArdle & Gerry O'Connor in Concert | Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend | Discover Boyne Valley Meath, Ireland

Jim MacArdle & Gerry O'Connor in Concert | Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend

8pm Sat 1 May – midnight Mon 3 May | €10 per device

Join us this May bank holiday weekend for an exciting concert presented by Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend, bringing together acclaimed fiddle player Gerry O’Connor and local musician Jim MacArdle. Celebrate the music and songs of County Louth as Drogheda's Jim and Dundalk's Gerry bring you on a journey through the rich musical heritage of the region. Sit back and enjoy a one off special concert, of jigs, reels and polkas from composers such as Mary Ann Carolan and Peter and Tommy McArdle.


Part of Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend.

Jim MacArdle has been collecting and performing Traditional Music from the Drogheda area since the mid 1970’s. His main influences have been the music of the Usher Family from Tenure and the fiddle players Tommy & Peter McArdle from Tallanstown. He has produced a number of recordings over the years, the most recent being the 3-CD Compilation of archive recordings of The Usher Family, launched at the Fleadh in Drogheda 2019.

Gerry O’Connor comes from Dundalk, and was taught by his mother, Rose who was a descendant of three generations of fiddle players. With a focus on his local music of Oriel, he is known world-wide as a soloist and as a founder band member of Lá Lugh, Skylark and Oirialla. His playing is noted for its vibrancy and pulsating rhythm which he attributes to his early years of step-dancing. He has recorded 14 albums, with his first solo album Journeyman hailed as a landmark album of Irish fiddle music and has performed and recorded with all of the leading performers of the Irish music world including members of the Chieftains, Boys of the Lough, Planxty, De Dannan and Bothy Band. Gerry has compiled and published “I have Travelled this Country”, a book of Cathal McConnell's songs and in 2018 launched “The Rose in the Gap” a collection of the dance music of South Ulster. At the 2018 All Ireland Fleadh Gerry was awarded An Gradam the coveted Comhaltas Bardic Award for his valuable contribution to Irish Cultural Arts. Gerry has toured as a member of the Canadian-Irish Folk Band legends The Irish Rovers for the last 8 years. A highly regarded violin-maker and music producer; he is in constant demand worldwide as an Irish Fiddle Tutor.


Jim MacArdle & Gerry O'Connor in Concert
041 98 33946
Email Address

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Droichead Arts Centre

Municipal Centre

26-28 Stockwell Lane


Co. Louth

A92 FXC6

Sat, May 1 2021, 8pm - Mon, May 3 2021, 11:59pm