'THE ICC SEISIÚNS' -A Series Concerts on Film, from The Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith -This concert stars Tad Sargent, Michael Sweeney and Mick O'Connor

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammermsith London, London, United Kingdom

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 17:00 to Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 17:00


14 ‘Acoustic, Unplugged Irish Music Concerts’

filmed at

The Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith

To be screened on ICC Digital every Friday for 14 weeks


Starting on Friday September 11th 2020



On Friday September 11th Launching ‘THE ICC SEISIÚNS’

We bring you three of London’s greatest:


Guitarist, Bodhran player and Singer Tad Sargent,

  Master Irish Fiddle player Michael Sweeney

 with the Legendary Irish Banjo player Mick O’Connor


These three mighty musicians are all well known to audiences at the ICC, as they are the key musicians at the ICC’s FRIDAY NIGHT SESSION.


In this film you will see them all in conversation and in performance.

This 40-minute documentary directed by Sé Merry Doyle of ‘Loopline Film’ captures the moment when they come back to play music together after having been in lockdown for five months. The emotion and joy in the film is palpable. Not only do the musicians perform ‘unplugged’, but they also talk about what the ICC and ‘Irish trad’ means to them. Tad Sargent and Michael Sweeney, both Irish music tutors at the ICC, give a shout out to their students in lockdown. Mick O’Connor, a renowned figure on London’s Irish trad music circuit, shares his memories of the Irish music scene in west London from the 60s until today. The three musicians display great wit and charm together and what evolves is not only a concert of riveting music but an amazingly warm, uplifting, inspirational film, full of hope and joy.

THE ICC SEISIÚNS’ were filmed at The Irish Cultural Centre over a period of one week in August 2020. The aim of the project was to give a platform to those London based Irish musicians who regularly play at the ICC and have over many years helped to establish it as ‘The Home of Irish Culture.’ Because all of the musicians have, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, lost their means of income, the ICC endeavoured to create a project that would help to pay and support them.

The line-up for ‘The ICC Seisiúns’ stars some of the very best Irish musicians based in London, including:

Fiddler James Patrick Gavin with Tim Fairhall; Fiddler James Carty with Flute player Eimear McGeown;  Irish Trad band The Connolly Family; Fiddle and Flute duo Ali and Phil Barnes; Uilleann Piper Coleman Connolly with Fiddler Fiona Daly;  Karen Ryan and The Quinn Family Band; Irish Singer Peter Coughlan;  Piper and Flute player Brendan McAuley with singer Mick Sands;  Opera singer Carolyn Holt with Paul McKenzie; Irish Trad band The Devine Family; Singer, piano and flute player Jacquelyn Hynes; and Singer Songwriters Luke Coughlan; Sinead Egan; Hannah Jackson and Tim Logue.

THE ICC SEISIÚNS’ were made possible with funding from The Embassy of Ireland G.B. and The Department for Foreign Affairs, Ireland.

The ICC Seisiúns will be viewable online at www.irishculturalcentre.co.uk/digital.

Starting on Friday September 11th 2020

United Kingdom
Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Blacks Road W6 9DT, Hammermsith London, W6 9DT