ATLAS compromises of Cillian Doheny (Guitars) & Cillian King (concertina), both natives of Limerick, Ireland, who first crossed paths through the Irish traditional music festival circuit as teenagers. They immediately struck up an intense musical friendship having diverse but similar tastes in music & composition, particularly orchestral/soundtrack and contemporary Irish music.
Making an album together had always been aspiration but with Cillian Doheny touring heavily with his Neo-Irish outfit 'MOXIE' and King on the circuit as a session musician while completing his studies, they decided to use that time to grow as musicians and people, and Atlas was shelved temporarily. However, in late 2014 when the time was right, the pair became housemates in Dublin and began definite work on their debut album. All composition and pre-production for this album took place in the Dublin apartment with both Cillian's still juggling several other projects and studies at university.
In late November 2015 ATLAS launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding to record 'Affinity' and with popular demand for the record, they reached their target with time to spare. Filmed and recorded in an old church which has become a centre for the arts in Belfast, 'Affinity' which sees Atlas accompanied by string quartet and percussion, represents all the music these musicians have grown up with and the music they have to grown to love in more recent times. From delicate string arrangements reminiscent of Sigur Rós to cascades of sound from the ethereal world of Jon Hopkins, they have added an ingredient that is inherently Irish to the mix to create a record that encompasses where they have come from and where they are going.
The debut album 'Affinity' by ATLAS was released nationally in Ireland on November 18th 2016 and internationally on January 27th 2017 via Ropeadope Records.
is a guitarist, banjoist and composer from Limerick, Ireland. With several All-Ireland titles on the Irish tenor banjo and guitar from a young age, Cillian has toured and performed extensively with many household names including John McSherry (Coolfin), Joanie Madden (Cherish The Ladies), Eamonn de Barra, Daire Bracken, (Slide), Kevin Burke (Patrick Street), Pauline Scanlon, Eillis Kennedy (Lumiere) and Frankie Gavin (De Dannan). Cillian is a founding member of the renowned Irish contemporary music quintet, MOXIE, who over the past 5 years have been one of the leading lights in contemporary Irish music. Past hallmark performances include performing live with the Ulster Orchestra on BBC, performing on FOX news in the U.S., making countless appearances on national radio & TV stations in Ireland & abroad, completed tours in the U.S., Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Scotland, France, Australia & of course, Ireland.
is an Irish multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and producer from Limerick. Taking to the Irish concertina from the age of 7, he quickly became one of the most promising exponents of Irish traditional music on the instrument and by 16 had already toured extensively through Europe. In 2014, the self-taught guitarist made his debut as a songwriter by releasing a debut EP to critical acclaim which earned him a nomination for 'Best Male Solo Act' at the Pure M Awards 2015 alongside the likes of Duke Special, Paddy Casey and Mundy. He is currently performing with Irish/Jazz outfit, Notify, as well as appearing in a variety of roles with Irish singer Pauline Scanlon, ALDOC and The John McSherry Band. 2017 sees the debut release from ‘Atlas’, with guitarist Cillian Doheny which merges Irish music with elements of orchestral and world music.