About Nollaig Casey

Nollaig Casey’s powerful presence has graced two of Ireland’s most ground-breaking bands, Planxty and Coolfin and she now tours regularly with the immensely-popular Cherish the Ladies. Nollaig was appointed Traditional Artist in Residence for 2021 in her alma mater, University College Cork. She made her Carnegie Hall début in 2006 as soloist in a double concerto for classical violin and traditional fiddle by Evan Chambers. She’s toured the world with the hit show Riverdance and performed at the 2003 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony.

A soloist in over 20 feature films, she’s recorded with Enya, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Rod Stewart, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Mary Black, Carlos Nuñez, Jim Rooney, Andy Irvine, Moving Hearts, Elvis Costello, Christy Moore, Liam O’Flynn, Dan ar Braz, Shaun Davey and Sharon Shannon; she’s played on innumerable TV programmes, including an appearance on BBC’s ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ with Alison Krauss. Her solo album The Music of What Happened, featuring her:

“exquisite fiddle-playing and superb vocals”


and both her duo albums with her late husband, Arty McGlynn, received great critical acclaim.

“I would happily sit all night in a cold theatre to listen to Nollaig Casey.”


“Nollaig’s performance was stunning for its sheer musical artistry, seducing some into quiet amazement and inducing others to insist on encore after encore.”


A television programme about Nollaig’s life and music has been broadcast on Ireland’s TG4 as part of its “Fuaimrian mo Shaoil” series.

A TV documentary about Máire and Nollaig (with guests including Mairéad, Chris Newman and Nollaig’s late husband Arty McGlynn) was first broadcast on TG4 on November 29th, 2020 as part of its ‘Sé mo Laoch series, recently re-broadcast, and is still available to view on the TG4 Player. (TG4 is Ireland’s national Irish-language TV station.)

Nollaig’s solo album, The Music of What Happened, was released by Old Bridge Music in 2004 to great critical acclaim.