Louise Mulcahy is an internationally renowned performer and tutor on both uilleann pipes and flute. Alongside four album releases with father, Mick, and sister Michelle as The Mulcahy Family, Louise released her highly acclaimed début solo album Tuning the Road in 2014.

Louise has toured extensively throughout the world including performances in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, America and Canada. Awards include Female Musician of the year at the Live Ireland Awards 2017, jointly with her sister Michelle and previously in 2015 and 2005.

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Most recently, Louise was presented with The Arts Council’s prestigious Markievicz Award by Minister?for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD.

Louise will take part in the National Concert Hall’s upcoming Tradition Now two-day livestream event on June 19th and 20th with her sister Michelle. Tradition Now sees sees musicians Steve Cooney, John Spillane, Varo and more explore themes of place, home and identity - find out more here.

We asked Louise for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

I have just finished filming a new documentary with Tyrone Productions titled Mná na bPíob which will air on TG4 in the Autumn. Over the past number of years, I have researched the unique story of women in uilleann piping. The uilleann pipes is an instrument long associated with male players and throughout history women have been in the minority. Historical records and publications have featured many male performers but little documentation is available on the women who played the uilleann pipes during the 19th and 20th Century. To follow this exciting journey and to find out more about these pioneering women... bígí liom san Fhómhar!

MUSIC

The Saothar composer series at The Irish Traditional Music Archive in Merrion Square. My father, Mick Mulcahy who is renowned accordion player has composed a new body of work throughout the pandemic. Dad’s compositions are inspired by landscapes, people and places of natural beauty. We are excited that Dad’s work will feature in the July edition of Saothar, a new initiative by ITMA, showcasing the work of composers within the tradition. This series aims to highlight Irish traditional music as a contemporary artform and a living tradition. Each month features a different composer, and a selection of their recent compositions - find out more here.

BOOK

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa. This stunning publication by poet and author Doireann Ní Ghríofa was recently awarded Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. The publication is inspired by 18th century poet Eibhli´n Dubh Ni´ Chonaill and the poem Caoineadh Airt Ui´ Laoghaire. Doireann explores the deep connection felt with Eibhli´n Dubh Ni´ Chonaill and the parallels between Eilbhlín life and Doireann’s own. A beautifully written book and a must read!

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PLAY

One of the last plays I attended in person pre pandemic was Baby Soviet. This play was written and directed by Waterford author and playwright Ógie Ó Céilleachair. Baby Soviet is a fictional story set around the events of the Limerick Soviet of 1919. Music and song based on the repertoire of this era is interwoven throughout the performance. The Limerick Soviet took place in the during the revolutionary period of the War of Independence. For more information on Ógie Ó Céilleachair and his award winning publications go here.

TV

The Queen’s Gambit. This Netflix series follows the life of an orphan chess prodigy, Elizabeth Harmon. The series follows her quest to become the world's greatest chess player. A powerful performance by Anya Taylor-Joy, and a gripping story.

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GIG

I am really looking forward to performing at The National Concert Hall this Saturday with my sister Michelle. We can’t wait to perform together again in this magnificent venue! The concert will be live streamed from the NCH as part of the Tradition Now Festival. This year’s Tradition Now focuses on exploring themes of place, home and identity through music.

ART

I love vibrant colour, texture and pattern and one of my favourite contemporary artists is Lucy Doyle. I love her new collection of paintings titled Seasons and in particular Summer Garden Arrangement. The painting is vibrant, uplifting and stunningly beautiful featuring garden loosestrife, inula hookeri, red crocosmia and dahlias. Positivity on canvas! For Lucy’s work, go here.

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TECH

A special part of the day for me is watching the sunset. I also love long walks on some of the country’s finest beaches. Combine both and I am in heaven! I regularly check the exact time of sunset, sunrise and high and low tide online.

THE NEXT BIG THING...

Outdoor dining!!!

The National Concert Hall's Tradition Now two-day livestream event is on June 19th and 20th - find out more here.