Thornbury Theatre presents

John McSherry, Donal O’Connor & Niall Hanna


Saturday 17 March 2018 (opening 7:00 PM)

at Thornbury Theatre - Velvet Room ( venue info )
859 High St, Thornbury VIC

Thornbury Theatre 18+. Children under 18 are permitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian

Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees Additional delivery fees from $1.00 apply per order.

General Admission $39.80
Reserved Seating $44.90
Dinner + Show $81.60
Dinner is served on a 50/50 or alternate drop basis. This means that at a table each person will be served alternating dishes. If you want our vegetarian option or have food allergies please email dinner@thethornburytheatre.com with your requirements.

“Ulaid features three supreme instrumentalists, gifted composers and talented interpreters of traditional and original music and song in one explosive package” – John O’Regan – Irish Music Magazine

“When three of Ireland’s finest talents join forces on a new recording it’s time to sit up, take note and fine tune the ears. This is where the tradition is at!!” – Lynette Fay – BBC Radio Ulster / Fleadh TV

John McSherry and Dónal O’Connor are regarded as two of Ireland’s finest instrumentalists and producers. Together they have toured the world extensively and have had a hand in some of the most influential and iconic traditional music albums of the past 20 years. Niall Hanna is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest young singers and accompanist and he hails from one of Ulster’s great singing dynasties, on the shores of Lough Neagh. All three are currently living in County Antrim in the North of Ireland, and having spent many late nights in each other’s company on the Belfast session scene, it was inevitable that they would come together to record and perform at some stage. Featuring new compositions which sit comfortably alongside traditional pieces from 19th Century collections, plus fresh and progressive arrangements, coupled with occasions of free form solos, Ulaid will take you on an emotive and uplifting musical journey. From Ireland to the neighbouring Celtic regions, these three fearless musical adventurers will chart a path from the ancient music of the Gael to the contemporary shape of traditional Irish music today.

John McSherry has been a major figure in Irish music for almost twenty years, and is hailed as one of the finest exponents in the art of Uilleann Piping. Described as ‘a true master’ by the Irish Music Magazine. He is a founding member of Lúnasa, Tamalin and Donal Lunny’s ground-breaking super group Coolfin. John has subsequently produced an array of critically acclaimed and innovative albums, both solo and collaborative, and continues to push the boundaries of Irish music with his current bands At First Light and The Olllam. He is a composer, producer, arranger and an established studio session musician of international renown, recording and performing with a myriad of artists including Clannad, Sinéad O’Connor, Rod Stewart, Nanci Griffiths, Gary Kemp and The Corrs.

Son of the celebrated fiddler Gerry O’Connor and revered singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin of Lá Lugh, multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading musicians and producers. He has played and recorded with the likes of Duke Special, Moya Brennan (Clannad), Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers), Steve Cooney, Bob Brozman, Muireann NicAmhlaoibh, John Spillane and Lumiere to name but a few. Having inherited a musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing he has toured the world from a young age as both a lead and backing instrumentalist with a number of bands including Lá Lugh, At First Light and more recently Ulaid and the Gaelic song super group A Stór Mo Chroí. He has composed music for theatre, television and film and has presented music shows for BBC ALBA, BBC NI, TG4, BBC Radio Ulster and Raidio Na Gaeltachta.

Hailing from Derrytresk in County Tyrone, Niall Hanna is the current recipient of the Young Musician's Platform Award from the Arts Council of N Ireland. Niall comes from a very musical family and at an early age he began learning traditional songs from the singing of his late Grandfather Geordie Hanna. At 13, Niall won the All-Ireland Fleadh title in singing and has since combined his traditional style with his guitar playing. In recent years he has performed on numerous tours in Europe and beyond, sharing the stage with names including Reel It In, The Rapparees, Buille, Cathal Hayden and many more. Niall has gained a reputation amongst singers and musicians alike, and has recently released his debut recording ‘Autumn Winds’, a mixture of traditional/folk songs in his own style, to great critical acclaim.

The Velvet Room is located on the ground floor of the venue. Wheelchair access is via the front door. There are 3 steps into the Velvet Room. Access without steps can be arranged. If you have any special needs contact the venue beforehand to arrange assistance if required.

Thornbury Theatre is happy to offer companion cards on a request basis. For further information please contact us directly on 1300 762 545.

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian
Photo Drivers Licence or Passport.* Children under 18 are permitted if
accompanied by a parent or guardian* Intoxicated persons will not be
admitted * No steel cap boots. The promoter reserves the right to refuse
admission to any person *