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Ard Ri / Bio

Born from a love of breaking from the norm and following their hearts, Ard Ri are a band of musical vagabonds with a message and a mission.

Showcasing a brand of folk music unique only to their time and setting, Jonny Nutt, Philip Wallace and Conor O’Kane are a voice for their generation, shouting loudest and clearest when people are listening closest.

A trio of cosmically linked souls, Ard Ri formed out of a mutual respect for the folk craft from honing their skills in countless bands before. A super-group of sorts, catch them in their various guises as integral parts of Here Comes The Landed Gentry, Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas and Teknopeasant.

Whether caught in the corner of a pub sipping on their tipple of choice or admired when commanding a stage, Ard Ri’s professionalism and craft never fail to shine through.

From the sing-along majesty of All Around Me and She Loves Me to the reminiscing of lost love and sadness via Oh Cruel Sea via the otherworldly Faerie Log, Jonny, Wally and Conor prove their ability to pull in audiences while turning their hands to almost every style available.

Banjos, guitars, drums, seats, legs and anything else near at hand will feel their force as they work through a set of diverse and unique songs, taking turns at leading the charge yet never failing to take full hold and mesmerise.

Best caught in the live environment to feel the full force of their work, Ard Ri will never disappoint; delivering shows of unstoppable strength while showing an unrivalled pride in their folk infused roots.

Their debut album, due for imminent release, will showcase their accomplished hold on the folk genre while reinforcing their magnetism on the local music scene.

Fresh, exciting and hitting their prime, Ard Ri are a folk
force to be reckoned with. Now performing as a full band
with help from their good friends Ruairi O'Doherty and
Conor McAuley!

General Info

Band Members
Jonny Nutt, Philip Wallace, Conor O'Kane
Artist Name
Ard Ri
Profile Page
Folk / Folk Rock / Acoustic

Contact Info

Derry, UK