the olllam @ Town Hall Theatre

the olllam

Fri 17th June, 2022 7:30pm
@ Town Hall Theatre
Strange Brew presents
Friday 17 June.
Town Hall Theatre
For the first time in 4 years, the American-Irish group the olllam are making their highly anticipated return to the stage in Ireland this June, hot on the heels of the release of their new album, “elllegy”.  
Formed in 2012, the olllam is a collaboration between Belfast piper John McSherry  (Lunasa, Ulaid) and three Detroit based musicians; piper / whistler / grammy-nominated producer Tyler Duncan (Carly Rae Jepsen, Scary Pockets), drummer Michael Shimmin (May Erlewine, Millish), and bassist Joe Dart (Vulfpeck, Fearless Flyers).  The resulting eponymous album, now considered a cult classic is lush with trance-like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and a magical marriage of tradition and modernity.  
the olllam’s inventive musical compositions and arrangements have earned them rave reviews and sold-out shows across Ireland and beyond. 
the olllam
John McSherry - Pipes and Low Whistles
Tyler Duncan - Pipes and Low Whistles
Michael Shimmin - Drums
Joe Dart - Bass
Sean O’Meara - Guitar
Joe Hettinga - Fender Rhodes


“Their music is exciting, confounding and astounding. Style, mastery, melody and groove – the olllam’s gig is going to be hard to beat.”
- The Irish Times


"If Lúnasa set the gold standard for traditional acoustic music, these guys are bucking for platinum.  The word ollam is old Irish for a master musician, and there are three master musicians here." 
- Irish Music Magazine


“… the result is described by them as Neo-Acoustic Celtic Post-Rock. I’d describe it a little differently – it’s f***in’ deadly!” - The Irish Times