Jarlath Henderson

New Irish Folk

Jarlath Henderson is a wildly inventive multi-instrumentalist and masterful balladeer from Northern Ireland who is best known as a remarkable player of uilleann pipes and  whistles. The three-time ‘All-Ireland Champion’ piper revives traditional songs, like murder ballads and love songs with a somber intensity and sublime original arrangements. Jarlath combines modern, rhythmically intense, percussive electronics to his traditional singing style to create signature sound that is all his own. He will be joined by Innes Watson (fiddle, guitar) and Duncan Lyall (double bass).

… new and otherworldly... - NPR Music

A stupendous young musician - MOJO

Jawdropping. . . startlingly gifted - FROOTS

Re-shaping the way we think traditional music should sound - Herald Scotland

Packs more punch than a boxing-glove factory - Irish Music Magazine

Artist Bio

From County Armagh, Jarlath Henderson has been playing the uilleann pipes since the age of 10, having learned from Armagh Pipers Club teachers Brian Vallely, Mark Donnelly, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Eamonn Curran. A talented and versatile musician, Jarlath also plays whistle, flute, cittern and has recently been winning over audiences with song.

In 2003 he became the first and only Irish solo artist to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year Award, which led to him being invited to play at some of the most prestigious festivals in Europe. Jarlath is a three times ‘All-Ireland Champion’ Uilleann Piper, a teacher both in Ireland and Scotland and has featured in numerous BBC television programmes on piping and music. In 2008 he released his first album, 'Partners in Crime' (Vertical Records) with fellow border piper Ross Ainslie, followed by their second release 'Air-Fix' in 2013. Both albums received outstanding critical acclaim from the general folk world, with the debut release being voted '6th Best Folk Album' of 2008 by Mojo Magazine.

"It took 10 years for Ulster-born piper Jarlath Henderson to convert his Young Folk Award into a solo album, so busy has he been with collaborations (two records with Ross Ainslie), and with qualifying as a doctor. Now 29, he has delivered a handsome traditional album in 'Hearts Broken, Heads Turned', eight antique songs given modern treatments." - Guardian

Jarlath's hotly-anticipated solo debut was launched at Celtic Connections 2016. An assemblage of traditional folk songs from across Ireland and the UK, it comprises bold yet sensitive arrangements of traditional songs, also featuring Henderson on guitar and cittern, together with his hand-picked accompanying line-up of Hamish Napier (keyboards, flute), Innes Watson (fiddle, guitar) and Duncan Lyall (double bass). In 2018 he will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms and embarking on his first US tours.

Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on uilleann pipes and whistles, while fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist, Jarlath has performed and recorded in such illustrious company as The Transatlantic Sessions, Jack Bruce, Lau, Capercaillie, Paddy Keenan, Salsa Celtica, Phil Cunningham and Michael McGoldrick. When not performing with his band, solo or alongside Ross Ainslie, Jarlath regularly guests with Scottish folk legends Capercaillie, Salsa Celtica and in Phil Cunningham's annual Hogmanay house band. This year in Ireland he will be playing with his sister Alana Henderson, the Cara Dillon Band, Atlantic Arc Orchestra and Cathy Jordan and Mick Daly.

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Show Dates & Times:

5/17/19 - Friday

7:30 pm,

$17/Advance, $20/Day of Show

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