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The Olllam - SOMA 2018

The Olllam latest to be added to SOMA Festival line-up

The Olllam

Saturday 21st July 2018

St Malachy’s GAC, Castlewellan

Tickets £20 + fees on sale now – buy yours here

The Olllam were formed in 2012 as a collaboration between Belfast piper John McSherry and seminal Detroit musicians Tyler Duncan, Michael Shimmin, Joe Dart, Theo Katzman and Woody Goss. A resulting album was released on Compass Records.

Since then, Katzman, Dart and Goss have found world fame as members of the cult band Vulfpeck whilst McSherry has released two solo albums and has been touring with Belfast trad band Ulaid who recently released an acclaimed album, “A Note Let Go” with Duke Special.

The powerful rhythm section of bassist Joe Dart and drummer Mike Shimmin is unique, whilst Tyler Duncan and John McSherry on pipes and low whistles are a melodic and harmonic dream. The collective’s inventive musical arrangements are simply outstanding.

On their summer 2018 dates in Ireland these four founding members will be joined by Detroit keyboard player Joe Hettinga (Digital Tape Machine) and Limerick guitarist Sean O’Meara.

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 dance-floor with the drum groove.”

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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