Atlantic Arc Orchestra


Created with the support of the PRS Foundation Beyond Borders fund, the Atlantic Arc Orchestra features a stellar line-up of: 

Dónal Lunny (Bouzouki & Musical Director)

Pauline Scanlon (Vocals)

Pádraig Rynne (Concertina)

Jarlath Henderson (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Guitar, Vocals)

Aidan O’Rourke (Fiddle)

Sylvain Barou (Uilleann Pipes, Flutes)

Ewen Vernal (Bass)

John Blease (Drums, Percussion).


Spearheading a new wave of traditional music Atlantic Arc Orchestrais dedicated to an entirely new, suspense-charged relationship between the traditional and the modern.  Through a programme of original, traditional, re-arranged and shared material,the eight members of the ensemble 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.


Deconstructing barriers, while outwardly exploring questions of identity and environment, the seven members have cultivated a unique process of openness and curiosity towards new ‘traditional’ music.  The creative process is an improvisational journey of Celtic synergies, its rhythms, melodies and songs.  Together these figure heads of the tradition form an extraordinary ensemble for a musically charged experience that redefines brilliance.