Fri 19 Nov 2021
8:00pm | €20 | Promo codes can be applied at checkout
Fri 19 Nov 2021
8:00pm | €20 | Promo codes can be applied at checkout

Quiet Lights presents the extraordinary musicians Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Kate Ellis & Caimin Gilmore as a string trio, performing in the stunning surrounds of Triskel Christchurch.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d’amore. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Carnegie Hall. He has made eighteen recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate.

Caoimhín performs as a solo artist, yet is also widely known through his collaborative work, including groups The Gloaming and This is How we Fly, and duos with Dan Trueman, Thomas Bartlett, Garth Knox, Mick O’Brien and Brendan Begley. He has also performed with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Vincent Moon and Amiina.

He has made music for theatre and film, including music for the Oscar-nominated movie Brooklyn and Volker Schlondorff’s Return to Montauk.

“the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad” – Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, USA

“the missing link between Martin Hayes and Purple Haze” – Nick Kelly, Irish Independent, Ireland

“the most singular traditional Irish musician of [his] generation” – State Magazine, Ireland


Cellist Kate Ellis is dedicated to the performance and exploration of all things with the shiny label of new music. Kate is the Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, and is often seen playing with the musicians of Yurodny, TRE trio and Fovea Hex.

Her great range of musical collaborators include Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon Giddens, Martin Hayes, Savina Yannatou, Barry Guy, the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, Gavin Bryars, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey. She has commissioned new music from a diverse range of Irish composers, including Donnacha Dennehy, Barry Guy, Niall Vallely, Adrian Hart and Linda Buckley, and has premiered numerous new works by composers including Nico Muhly, Gerald Barry, David Lang and Terry Riley.

Kate has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre, Shanghai EXPO, Istanbul Akbank Jazz Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.

Kate is currently writing music with UK based musician Laura Cannell as part of a year long project releasing music monthly alongside bespoke film as a creative documentation of  2021. This project is supported by the Arts Council of England. Kate is the recent repient of residencies at the Martello Tower, Jaywick, UK and at the Cultural Centre Irlandais, France 2020/21.


Caimin Gilmore is a member of Crash Ensemble, s t a r g a z e and plays regularly with, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Ulster Orchestra. He performed Lisa Hannigan’s “At Swim” & “Live” album tours throughout 2016-2020 and has played with Zach Condon (Beirut), Squarepusher, The Staves, Justin Vernon (Bon Ivor), Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Dionne Warwick, and recorded on the track ‘Happens to the Heart’ with s t a r g a z e and Adam Cohen on Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album, ‘Thanks for the Dance’, at the P-E-O-P-L-E festival Berlin 2018. He has played with Irish acts Gavin James, Kodaline, Loah, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Cormac Begley, John Sheahan, Tolü Makay, Niamh Regan, David Kitt, Valerie Francis, Inni-K and recorded for Saint Sister, Ships, Lemoncello, and David Keenan. Broadcast highlights include Other Voices on RTÉ, The Late Late Show with James Cordon CBS, Glastonbury Festival on BBC and NPR Music New York.

As an arranger, he has arranged for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, 2FM, & Crash Ensemble. He is the songwriter of chamber folk group Sun Collective. Their most recent EP described by Folk Radio UK as, “Discovering this EP is like discovering you actually breathe. You simply can’t live without it.”

He released his first solo Double Bass EP, ‘String Ogham Live’, in 2020 featuring work from four Irish composers. He is currently premiering new commissions in rural locations throughout Ireland, as part of his project, “We Used to Play Here”, with cellist Kate Ellis, in a custom made outdoor venue, transported on top of his Fiesta. He recorded with Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) in 2020 and is due to tour his show, ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’ in 2022, alongside tours with David Longstreth’s (Dirty Projectors’) new commission for s t a r g a z e, ‘Song of the Earth in Crisis’ and Teach Damhsa’s show, MÁM, throughout Europe this year.

He is currently the Musical Director for the Saturday night music show ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’ on RTÉ One & is currently composing a new work for Harp & Cello commissioned by the Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway.

Quiet Lights

Quiet Lights is a unique festival celebrating all that is traditional and folk music in Ireland. This year, as part of the festival, we’re welcoming Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, Kate Ellis & Caimin Gilmore on Friday 19 November, and multi-instrumentalist Cormac McCarthy with Irish sean-nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín on Saturday 20 November.
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