AAO studio  - credit Louis Decarlo

Atlantic Arc Orchestra

Atlantic Arc Orchestra is a new collaborative project that brings together some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Brittany, under the musical direction of Dónal Lunny.
Formed in 2016, Atlantic Arc Orchestra came together for a series of special shows including Cork Folk Festival and Celtic Connections. Having discovered a shared interest in exploring and cultivating contemporary expressions of traditional music, the eight members set Atlantic Arc Orchestra on a course of openness and curiosity towards collaboration.

Through a programme of original, traditional, re-arranged and shared material, the eight members create a powerful fusion that pushes the tradition to the edge of its boundaries in an organic collaboration of Irish, Scottish and Breton musical ancestry. The creative process is an improvisational journey of Celtic synergies, its rhythms, melodies and songs. Together these form an extraordinary ensemble for a figureheads of the tradition.

Dónal Lunny – Bouzouki et directeur musical
Pauline Scanlon –  Chant
Pádraig Rynne – Concertinas
Jarlath Henderson – Uilleann Pipes, whistles, guitare, chant
Aidan O’Rourke – Fiddle
Sylvain Barou – Flûtes traversières, uilleann Pipes
Ewen Vernal – Guitare basse
John Blease – Percussions, batterie