Transatlantic Sessions

at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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Originating as part of the award-winning Pelicula/BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions continues to revisit shared roots and new common ground between today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians. The project’s founding musical directors fiddle maestro, Aly Bain and Dobro legend Jerry Douglas; lead the ultimate house band that includes John Doyle, Michael McGoldrick, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker, Donald Shaw and James Mackintosh.


Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull appearing at this event

Mandolin player and singer of incredible talent who was called to the stage of the Grand Old Opry age 11 by none other than Alison Krauss and has been mentored by Krauss and Bela Fleck.

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Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West appearing at this event

With a handful of acoustic instruments, including clawhammer banjos, guitars, mandolins and bouzoukis this duo from Seattle have created an entirely new strain of bluegrass music. High lonesome harmonies that would fit into any evening at The Grand Ole Opry, and a sound that combines the warmth of old-time country with the fierceness of bluegrass.

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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel appearing at this event

Highly talented Australian guitar player who has won countless awards worldwide for his virtuoso performances, and won many converts with his very enjoyable live show. If you're into technique and there; this guy is awesome!

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Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni appearing at this event

Fresh faced Scottish folk favourite Rachel Sermanni has exploded onto the folk scene to heaps of praise from fans and critics alike. A straight-up storyteller with a voice to blow all others clean out of the water. Weaving images of childhood, womanhood, of instinct and inhibition simply with the breath from her lungs, a hardy martin guitar and a bandolim called Sue.

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Aly Bain

Aly Bain appearing at this event

Possibly Scotland's finest fiddle player in the Celtic tradition, Shetland-born Aly Bain helped to establish the Boys of the Lough and has continued to play with the band ever since, whilst simultaneously pursuing his solo career.

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Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas appearing at this event

Winner of multiple Grammy awards and feature player in the Alison Krauss band, 'Dobro's matchless contemporary master' is a fantastically versatile and inventive instrumentalist, his unique bluegrass style securing his status as an American musician. Although famed for his part in numerous different acts, it is as a soloist that he stands out as a true visionary.

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Phil Cunningham

Phil Cunningham appearing at this event

World famous accordion player and composer, Phil Cunningham emerged with Silly Wizard and has played with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Relativity, Altan, Paolo Nutini, Mark Knopfler, and Dolores Keane.

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John Doyle

John Doyle appearing at this event

John Doyle’s gifts as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Now living in the states, John was the recent musical director for Joan Baez and toured with her for 2 years. One half of the stellar duo Liz Carroll and John Doyle, he is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Solas.

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Michael McGoldrick

Michael McGoldrick appearing at this event

One of the big names of the current folk scene and member of Celtic favourites Capercaillie. He was also a founding member of Flook, a band much loved by regulars of the David Hall. He is a flute and whistle player who has won two Radio 2 Folk awards. His live performances are truly special, allowing audiences to enjoy the sheer energy as well as subtlety of his music.

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John McCusker

John McCusker appearing at this event

John McCusker is one of Scotland's foremost traditional musicians; winner of the BBC Radio Folk Musician of the Year in 2003. John McCusker started playing the fiddle at the age of seven, joined The Battlefield Band at 17, and has also worked as a producer for Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby.

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Donald Shaw

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Daniel Kimbro

Daniel Kimbro appearing at this event

Upright and electric bass player from Tennessee.

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James Mackintosh

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Also Appearing

Cathy Jordan, Russ Barenberg

Bridgewater Hall

  • Lower Moseley Street
  • Manchester
  • M2 3WS

0161 907 9000
0844 907 9000
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