MUSICAL adventurers The Olllam have been added to already burgeoning line-up of this year’s Soma Festival in Castlewellan. Appearing on Saturday, July 21 at St Malachy’s GAC in the town The Olllam is made up of musicians from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United States. They join Paul Brady, Damien Dempsey and Sharon Shannon in what is an already impressive range of musical acts.
A mixture of jazz, traditional music and prog rock The Olllam has received praise for their eponymous début album and live performances.
The Olllam : Mesmerising and Beautiful
Festival director, Tiona McSherry, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have The Olllam appear at this year’s Soma Festival. Their music is mesmerising and beautiful and not to be missed.
“They use traditional instruments to create a modern sound that hasn’t lost touch with their collective roots. There is a quality that will have you humming with the harmonies and heading for the dancefloor with the drum groove.”
Formed by acclaimed Belfast-born uilleann piper John McSherry and Detroit natives Tyler Duncan and Michael Shimmin the trio wanted an ensemble that naturally represented their combined experiences in a multiplicity of styles. They will joined on stage by the fourth founding member Joe Dart.
The Soma Festival
Running from July 18-22 across Castlewellan in Co Down The SOMA Festival is an annual festival full of concerts, workshops, art exhibitions, storytelling, poetry, health & wellbeing fair and various family events across the week.
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