Tommy and Saundra O’sullivan: Live Irish folk music at Pendragon Sunday
SARANAC LAKE – Irish folk musicians Tommy and Saundra O’Sullivan will be performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Pendragon Theatre.
Tommy O’Sullivan, acclaimed as one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland, crossed paths with his now wife at an annual traditional Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas, where Tommy was a guest instructor on guitar and vocals.
As they explored singing together, they discovered her alto harmonies to be a perfect match to his tenor vocals. They married in Houston, Texas, in March 2010 and now live in Dingle, Ireland where they run O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, which National Geographic cited as the go to pub for traditional Irish music on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
The O’Sullivan’s pub is where Holly and Dave Wolff of Saranac Lake first heard the O’Sullivans perform and became acquainted with the couple.
According to Holly Wolff, “Their music reminded us of being around a campfire with music the style of John Denver, James Taylor, and all the folk music of a generation, but yet with a style and music all their own. Their themes are classic North Country- wintry evenings and coming home. We’ve been trying to get them to Saranac Lake for the last four years, and we are so happy they’ll finally be here.”
Prior to opening O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, Tommy was a full time touring musician. As a member of Sliabh Notes he recorded three albums. He also toured for years with Irish piper Paddy Keenan with whom he recorded a duet album, The Long Grazing Acre. He has also recorded two solo albums, Song Ablaze and Legacy.
The couple’s first duet album, “Safe Home,” was released in early 2018.
Tickets to The O’Sullivans are $20 and can be purchased at www.pendragontheatre.org and 518-891-1854 and at the door. Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave., Saranac Lake.