Sean Carroll - (Button Accordion), is from Teesan, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo. He is a member of the renowned Dartry Céilí Band and was taught to play accordion by his father Michael, originally from Co. Leitrim who also played with the well known Leitrim Ceili Group. Sean played for a time with Sligo Senior Gaelic footballers in the 90's.
Theresa O'Grady was born and brought up in Luton, England. She learnt to play the banjo at a young age in Luton and went on to win All Ireland titles in the Banjo and Trio competitions with her two brothers James and Ciaran. Theresa moved to Dublin in the late 90's but now lives just outside Aclare, Co Sligo with her husband Declan Payne an accomplised Piano Accordion player. She plays sessions regularly in the Tubbercurry area of Sligo.
Junior comes out of a family deeply rooted in the musical tradition of South Sligo. The strongest musical influence on Junior has obviously always been his father Andrew (Andy) Davey, who was an authority in the Sligo fiddle playing. But also bodhrán-inspiration was available in the family: Junior's uncle, Ned Keane from Culfadda, was a recognised handstriker (old hand style bodhrán playing) in the local area.
When it comes to contemporaries Junior is highly influenced by Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh , Maurice 'Mossie' Griffin, John Joe Kelly and Ronan Moloney. Bodhrán player and -maker Seamus O'Kane from Lower Drum, Dungiven, Co. Derry, had- and still has a positive and constructive impact on Junior and his music.
Junior has won the All-Ireland Championship on the bodhrán five times (1990, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1999) and is the most winning bodhrán player at the All-Ireland ever.
The most important companion in Junior's musical life is without any discussion fiddle player Declan Folan from Doobeg, Doocastle, Bunninaden, Co Sligo. They have been playing as a duet for many years and have a telepatic musical understanding.
In 1995 the two friends recorded a wonderful album titled "Skin and Bow".
In 2005 Junior launched his first solo-album titled "A Sound Skin" which is his latest contribution to Irish traditional music.
Over the years Junior has worked as a guest musician and has contributed to several albums. He is an experienced teacher and have taught for many years in Ireland and abroad.
Cian Kearins comes from the Ballymote area, Co. Sligo. He is a school teacher by profession and has won senior all Ireland titles in Flute, Whistle and signing in recent years.
Néillidh Mulligan is one of Ireland's most distinguished uilleann pipers. He is the fourth generation to carry on this tradition and was first taught by his father Tom Mulligan, the renowned fiddle-player and piper. This tuition was followed by more formal lessons from the great Leo Rowsome in the Dublin Municipal School of Music and The Pipers Club. Through his father Tom's friendship with Séamus Ennis and Tommy Reck he was later to come under the influence of these two great masters of the uilleann pipes.
Néillidh has won All-Ireland titles at various age levels, has toured extensively around the world and has represented Ireland at various bagpipe festivals throughout Europe. He is a founding member, patron and former chairman of Na Píobairí Uilleann – The Society of Uilleann Pipers.
Johnny Ringo McDonagh
A true innovator among bodhránai, Johnny invented several groundbreaking techniques that have extended the musical vocabulary of the bodhrán, such as the backslide and playing on the rim. McDonagh can also lay claim to being the first to play a bodhrán with a brush, as well as originating the idea for a tunable bodhrán. He also has left a valuable legacy in the annals of recorded Irish music, playing with De Danann and Arcady, and backing up premier solo Irish music acts from Eileen Ivers to Mary Bergin. McDonagh is legendary in percussional contributions to Traditional Irish music but he also joined up with Mike Oldfield in 1979 and went on tour all over Europe, resulting in the live double-disc Exposed, offering interesting live performances of Tubular Bells and other Oldfield classics. Johnny recorded nine albums with De Danann from the early ‘70s to the late ‘80s, when he left the group to form Arcady.
Michael Rooney is originally from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan. He plays harp, concertina and has composed a number of suites of music, including 'The Battle of the Books' in 2006. He teaches in Coola Vocational School, Co. Sligo. Michael is Musical Director of the Dartry Céilí Band.
Philip Duffy, originally from Tubbercurry he now lives in Carney, Co. Sligo. He is the founder member and fiddle player with the Dartry Céilí Band and is a former All-Ireland winner. Philip also has a solo album on general release called ‘Killin' Clocks'.
John Wynne is one of the finest flute players of his time. From Roscommon town, John was naturally drawn to playing in the celebrated North Connaught flute style. After initial tuition from Paddy Ryan, John was helped in starting the flute by the great Patsy Hanley. His playing was strongly influenced by players from the region, such as Matt Molloy, Seamus Tansey and Peter Horan.
John has won All-Ireland titles at various grades on flute and whistle. He plays and teaches regularly at workshops and festivals in Ireland and abroad.
Derry born Anthony McGrath plays steel string guitar and bouzouki, and more recently has been playing nylon strung guitar, enjoying the instruments rich colorful tone and dynamic variation. Although now based in Galway, Anthony has played extensively in Europe, North America and Australia. His inspiration comes not only from the wealth of traditional Irish music that he has played, but from sources as varied and eclectic as Breton, Spanish, American old time, swing jazz and classical music. Currently he can be heard playing on Harry Bradleys 'as I carelessly did stray' album and Enda Scahill's 'Pick it up" album.
Eileen's musical pedigree is second to none, music came to her not just from her father, Dinny O'Brien was her grandfather, and Sean Ryan the fiddler was her uncle. Through her mother, who is a former Feis Ceol singing champion, she is related to Sean Seery, the Dublin piper. Eileen champions that heritage in every tune she plays.
Eileen plays in a very neat, seemingly effortless style, yet she imparts a great drive and rhythm to her music. The music is played at a pleasantly brisk pace but it's never fast. She has the ability to make light of complex keys and her ornamentation is simply wonderful. Triplets and rolls are introduced with great taste and while there is always something going on, the music never sounds fussy or overplayed. Eileen's command of the instrument shows through on everything she plays and the end result is faultless.
Nóirín Uí Shúilleabháin is one of the finest exponents of whistle playing in the world of traditional Irish music. Her playing is characterised by its effortless flow, clarity and musicality, which, to the discerning ear, is based on an underlying mastery of technique, command and control of her instrument, the whistle. So many young musicians start their musical journey by ‘learning the whistle', an instrument which is potentially one of the most ‘simply complex' of instruments – Nóirín's musicianship illustrates the full potential of this most ‘intimate' of traditional instruments. Nóirín Uí Shúilleabháin is also known nationally for her detailed and dedicated commitment to teaching Irish traditional music at all levels. She has been a highly respected senior tutor at Scoil Éigse for many years, a tutor on CCE's TTCT Teachers Course and has also contributed very significantly to the SCT exams initiative.
Siobháin Ní Chonaráin, writing in the recent issue of TREOIR
Bodhran and Uilleann Pipe maker ,The claddagh Galway City
Michael Vignoles is one of a rare breed of craftsmen left in Galway, with
the musical instruments born from his Claddagh workshop gracing musicians'
shelves across the world.
Born and reared on the cusp of Galway Bay, Michael Vignoles was ensconced
in music from his first breath. His mother and father were both excellent
vocalists with the melodic notes of Frank Sinatra bouncing form all corners
of their Claddagh home.
"When I was growing up, I was really heavily influenced by the radio and
groups like Planxty, The Chieftains and The Dubliners. When you listen to
that every day something is bound to trip your soul and the sound of the
pipes from Planxty really caught me.
In my 20s, Reilly's on Forster Street was a great place to go to for a
session. The best musicians would go there. I would go in with my tape
recorder and try and learn the tunes from that. I was self taught to start
off, I suppose."
After catching the uileann pipe bug, Michael set about getting his own set.
It was during this process that he bumped into Eugene Lambe from Fanore,
Co. Clare, who introduced him to the art of pipe building.
From the musically fertile fields of Connemara, Co. Galway comes accordion virtuoso PJ Hernon.
The multi–All Ireland winning accordion player was born into a Traditional music family in Rusheenamanagh, Carna, Connemara in 1951.
His brother Marcus Hernon is also a well known multi-All Ireland winning flute player, composer and prolific recording artist.
Together the Hernon brothers have performed at music festivals in Germany, England, the USA, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Luxembourgh and of course all over Ireland.
PJ was a member of the renowned Shaskeen Céilí Band for some years and after much success as part of this talented group he later embarked on a solo career.
In recent years his music became hugely popular with people on the set dancing scene after he formed the very successful Céilí Band named The Swallow's Tail.
PJ who has toured extensively world wide has several albums and a DVD accordion tutor to his credit.
He also won the All Ireland and Oireachtas button accordion titles in 1973 as well as being a member of the All Ireland winning duet and trio acts in Sligo in 1989.
PJ is one of the finest exponents of Traditional Irish music on accordion and melodeon and has presented Traditional Irish music programmes for Radio na Gaeltachta agus TG4.
Today PJ remains as popular as ever on the Irish Traditional music scene both for his live performance and for his much sought after music teaching techniques.
A very dynamic young banjo / guitar player, Cillian started playing music when he was eleven years old. He plays the Tenor Banjo, the Guitar (nylon and steel), Bouzouki, Bodhrán and Mandolin.
Cillian has won numerous All Ireland titles on most of these instruments under 15 - 18 category including banjo solo and guitar accompaniment in 2009, and second place two years running on the mandolin. He has toured France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and Luxembourg in Europe and St. Louis, Missouri and Salt Lake City in the USA with various different groups.
From 2007- 2009 Cillian was a guest on local and national radio stations such as Kieran Hanrahan's RTE radio 1 Ceili House and Clare fm. Doheny appeared four times on a special Fleadh Ceoil Nationwide Program playing both Banjo and Guitar. On the 20th of December 2010 Cillian got the pleasure of performing for and "jamming" with members of the famous U2, Bono and the Edge at a private welcome home gig in Dromoland castle from their 360-degree tour.
On many occasions he has supported bands such as Beoga and Four Men and a Dog, he has also played with artists such as Pádraig Rynne (Guidewires), John Mc Sherry (At First Light), Tola Custy (Alan Kelly Gang), Vinnie Kilduff, Kevin Burke (Patrick Street), Kieran Munnelly (David Munnelly Band), Pauline Scanlon, Liam Kelly (Dervish), Frankie Gavin (De Dannan) and widely known accordion / melodeon player, Damien Mullane.
Cillian is now involved in various different projects such as ''Moxie'', a newly formed folk band originating from Co. Limerick and Co. Sligo including up and coming talented musicians, Jos Kelly, Paddy Hazelton, Darren Roche, Ted Kelly and Niamh Farrell.
Jack Talty is a concertina and piano player from Lissycasey in west Clare. The rich west Clare music tradition has had a strong influence on Jack's music, particularly the music of Bobby Casey, Willie Clancy and John Kelly.
In July 2011 Jack released Na Fir Bolg, a duet album with concertina player Cormac Begley and is currently working on a recording project with the innovative Ensemble Ériu.
A regular performer and tutor at music festivals and workshops around the world, Jack has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Australia and also has a wealth of experience working in recording studios as a musician, engineer and producer.
Emma hails from Connemara, Co. Galway in the West of Ireland. In 2009, at the age of 24, she won the All-Ireland Sean-Nós Dancing title at Oireachtas na Samhna in Letterkenny. Emma is best known for her successful appearances on the All-Ireland Talent Show which has made her a household name in Ireland and abroad.
Described by many as a natural teacher, Emma is employed full-time passing her skills to students in primary, secondary and third level institutions throughout the west. She provides dance workshops in sean-nós dance, brush and barrel dancing throughout the country and abroad.
Born and reared in Killygordon, Co. Donegal, Pauline now lives in Kilrooskey, Co. Roscommon with her husband, renowned flute player, Patsy Hanly. Pauline is one of the foremost traditional singers of her generation. All-Ireland champion on three occasions, she is blessed with a great voice.
Her choice of songs and her singing are always of the best quality and it is these traits that she passes on to her many pupils down through the years. Of course many of her pupils have gone on to All Ireland glory also.
The renowned Gerard Butler gives Set and Sean Nos Dancing classes in the Ard Ri House Hotel on Sat 17th from 11 - 1pm and 2 - 4pm.
Award winning, self-taught bones player and local man Declan Donoghue will hold a traditional bones playing workshop on Saturday Sept 17th, 11am-1pm in Mercy Primary School. All welcome!
Anita Broderick is from the fifth generation of a family of musicians and singers. She is a Traditional Singing and Tin Whistle tutor, currently living in Corofin, Co. Galway. After leaving Kilconieron, Co. Galway at the age of 5, she grew up near Liverpool, where her father played with the famous All Ireland winning, Liverpool Ceili Band. She grew up in a house where musicians such as Charlie Lennon, Jimmy McGreevy, and Paddy Carty were welcomed, as well as visiting London-based musicians such as Liam Farrell and Raymond Roland - little wonder then, that she has such a love for, and knowledge of traditional music and song! Anita has a great affinity with young musicians and singers and is in much demand for Traditional Singing workshops, having a wide repertoire of songs from the tradition. She also has a particular interest in Ceili Bands, Duets and Trios and has had many All Ireland successes with the young musicians and singers she teaches.
Aine Mc Grath is originally from Naas in Co. Kildare and now resides in Co. Clare. She is regularly found performing and teaching at music festivals throughout the country. Her music is rythmically rich and she brings with her a rich legacy of tunes from the Leinster area where she both learnt and played extensively for many years. A former All-Ireland Champion, Aine's polished and sweet tones are underlaid by delicate and subtle ornamentations. Aine has played with many ceili bands including the infamous Galway band, 'The Tribes Ceili Band'.
Tom Cussen, is a renowned tenor banjo and mandolin player, with over 35 years experience. Originally from County Limerick, now a long time resident of Galway Tom is the maker of the highly saught after Clareen banjos.
Eamonn Cotter, from Kilmaley in Co. Clare. He comes from a fine musical family. He plays flute and tin whistle and also a master teacher of these instruments.
Eamonn has played with St.Flannan's & the Tulla Ceili Bands and also toured with them.
Eamonn is renowned as very fine maker of the traditional concert wooden flute "Cotter Flutes"
Pat Broderick, from Loughrea in County Galway. He is the son of renowned flute players, Peter & Ethna Broderick. Pat has played the whistle since he was four years old, taking brief breaks to become a master piper on both the uileann pipes and the piob mór, graduating to Pipe Major in the Irish Army, in charge of the Pipe Band of the Western Command. During his career he has played with many groups including Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" , Shaskeen and featured in appearences with The Chieftains and others too numerous to mention.
His uncle Vincent was a well known musician and composer.
John Donnellan from Shrule, a small village on the Mayo/Galway border. John was surrounded by traditional Irish music at an early age. His uncle James Walsh taught him his first tune on the melodeon at the age of 8 and remains an influence on his style of music. In 1981 John bought his first bodhran and has continued to develop his styles and techniques ever since, winning six major bodhran titles in the meantime. John has also developed a unique technique to his playing by attaching a block to his bodhran making a distinctive sound when playing. John has also recorded with many local and famous artists and has made a major contributation to the present Shaskeen album.
Geraldine Cotter, a native of Ennis, Co. Clare. Geraldine is a well-known teacher and performer on both the tin whistle and piano. She has published two best selling tutors; the first in 1983 for the tin whistle and in 1996 Seinn an Piano, the first of its kind for traditional piano. In 2002 she launched her first solo album Piano+ and in 2006 Rogha, a tune book with accompanying play-a-long CD. She has recorded on numerous CDs including with her brother Eamonn, Catherine McEvoy, Dympna O Sullivan, Peadar O'Loughlin, Maeve Donnelly, Mary MacNamara, Eileen O'Brien, Tom Cussen and Tony Howley. As well as with Shaskeen she has performed on stage with Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Patrick Ourceau, Joe Burke, Noel Hill, Tulla and Kilfenora Ceili Bands and Moving Cloud. She is currently a researcher, teacher and lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick.
Bernie hails from County Mayo. She is a renowned musician and teacher having brought countless pupils to All Ireland Champion level. She has been engaged for events such as Scoil Eigse, The O'Carolan Harp Festival & The Seosamh McGabhann Summer School & Meitheal, as well as numerous other festivals across the country. A multi-instrumentalist, Bernie is also a well known composer and performer on the Irish music scene.
Gerry is originally from Galway and presently lives in Sligo. He is playing accordion since a boy and
his earliest musical memoreis are of his father playing the single-row melodeon. He is a former All-Ireland
senior champion and has played concerts all over the US and Europe. His main instrument is a BC Paolo
New and upcoming Sligo Sean-Nós dancer Eimeár Mulvey from the heart of Geevagh Co. Sligo in the West of Ireland. Eimeár has show cased her talent and experience in many TG4 productions and winner of many Competitions around the country. She has preformed alongside many Céilí Bands including the Salamanca, Swallows Tail and Moylurg Céilí Band. Eimeár is well known for her love of traditional music,Sean-Nós dancing and unique steps. She is also renowned locally for her entertaining Brush, Door and Barrel dancing that took Sligo by Storm.
Shane Meehan hails from county Leitrim. He learnt the fiddle from his grandfather John Meehan. His style of playing is rooted in the Leitrim-Sligo region of North Connaught. Recently he won an All-Ireland with the Moylurg Ceili band and has recorded a track of his own compositions on their debut album 'The Rest is History'.
Shane also was involved in the John McKenna project which has been released recently as a collection consisting of a double CD of McKenna's classic and historical recordings and a booklet detailing his life and music entitled 'The Buck from the Mountain'. Shane teaches at the Joe Mooney summer school.
Patricia Ní Fhátharta
Patricia Ní Fhátharta is originally from Ros an Mhíl, a is a small Gaeltacht community in Connemara on the West coast of Ireland.
She took her first steps in Irish dancing at the age of 4, quickly moved onto music and at the young age of 13 she found her niche, Sean-Nós dancing and has been shuffling ever since!
Sean-Nós dancing, a freestyle type of Irish dance which combines tap and shuffling with flowing movements of the body while footwork is very close to the floor. It is the very opposite to Irish dancing. Patricia is well known Sean-Nós dancer and was the one of very few Sean-Nós dancers practicing the old style before it was revived to what it is today. Sean-Nós dancing have opened many doors and opportunities to Patricia, she he has travelled, preformed and taught all over Ireland, Scotland, France and America.
Patricia has a very traditional style therefore her steps are effortless and uncomplicated that you will be guaranteed to be hooked on this unique and effortless style…. and you might even have the couple focal after the session…. hup!
Banjo player and singer, Maggie Carty from Boyle, Co Roscommon comes from a great musical family. It is little wonder that Maggie should take up an instrument with the banjo being her instrument of choice under the guidance of her father.
Maggie has been teaching the banjo for many years. She started teaching beginners whilst still in her early teens and has since commenced regular classes in all levels at Carrick on Shannon 'Trad Classes' as well as teaching at Dún Uladh and the annual Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo.
As a banjo player and singer she is part of The John Carty Festival Band and has performed at the Boyle Arts Festival, the Ennis trad Festival, and the Return to Camden festival in London. She was also principle vocalist in 'Meadbh – the Crimson Path', a collaborative show of music, poetry and dance, showcased at the Yeats Summer School, Sligo, 2013.
Fresh from her American tour, including the world renowned - Milwaukee Irish Festival with Trio - Maggie and John Carty with Dónal Lunny, and European Tour including the well known Tønder Festival, Denmark with Dónal McCague and Tommy Fitzharris, Maggie returns to Tuam Tradfest 2014 to give a banjo workshop.
Sharon holds an honours BA degree in Irish Music and Dance and an honours Graduate Teaching Diploma (Music) from the University of Limerick. She has also completed the Comhaltas TTCT teaching diploma. Sharon has eleven years experience in instrumental tuition and ensemble direction. She has been victorious in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competition scene in 2003, 05, 06, 08, 09 and 2011, as too have some of her own pupils. Sharon teaches music in many instruments and is highly regarded in the world of traditional music as one of our finest accordeon players. Sharon took part in the 2013 CCE tour of Ireland.
Ann Marie Broderick
Ann Marie Broderick is a renouned Galway bodrhan player who has been playing and teaching in Galway for many years.
She has also developed an unique teaching method which is easy and fun and includes a forward plan of practice which enables the user to continue to improve using the system provided.
Róisín Broderick, from Corofin Co. Galway, is the 2013 Senior All Ireland Champion on concertina. She has 5 other All Ireland titles, and was chosen to represent Ireland on the Comhaltas Echoes of Erin Tour of Ireland, Britain and the USA in 2012 and 2013. She has been teaching since the age of 15, and has been playing music since the tender age of 4. She also won the Tuam Young Musician of the Year Award for 2010.
Carmel Gunning was born in Geevagh, Co. Sligo into a musical family. This year she celebrates 45 years in the music business.She formed her first band - a country and irish band in 1969 with her late brother Tom Nangle, Kevin Conlon, his brother and Tony Mullaney where they played for dances and ceilidhs.
In the seventies she worked with Sligo County Council. She reformed the old branch of Comhaltas and formed a junior branch in Sligo town where over the years she had many winners at feiseanna, county, provincial and All Ireland Fleadhanna Cheoil and many of them are top class in the field of music today.
She also donated three cups to the local feiseanna for slow airs, singing and tin whistle. She has made 5 CDs to date and her music is played on various radio stations all over the world. She has toured with Comhaltas and others, and as a solo artist to America, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Scotland, England and of course Ireland down through the years and he has also played alongside many well known musicians such as Patsy Hanly, Matt Molloy, Sean Keane, Seamus Tansey, Andy Irvine and Johnny Moynihan to name but a few.
Recently she formed a new group called GROG - members being Seamus OKane, John Regan, Joe Grady and Carmel Gunning. They have just finished a very successful tour of Ireland.
She is still very busy as a music teacher, entertainer, composer, researcher and just recently Failte Ireland has included her music on one of their Fleadh You Tube Videos and is the director of Carmel Gunning Summer School held in Sligo every year in August.
Rónán Regan is a Traditional Irish Musician and Dancer, Composer and Choreographer from Salthill, Galway. He currently lives in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim where he is a primary teacher in the local Gaelscoil. In addition to this, Rónán is an instructor of music and dance. He wrote his thesis on the Leitrim style of music, specialising in the musical styles of Ben Lennon (Recipient of Civic Reception Award from Leitrim County Council in 2007 and TG4 Music Award, 2011) and Jim Connolly and completed his Masters in traditional music performance, with modules in sean-nós dance in University of Limerick, 2005. As Rónán now lives in Leitrim; he has the enjoyable priviledge of playing a regular tune with Ben Lennon following his weekly music and dance class in neighbouring Belleek, Co. Fermanagh.
Conleth Rooney is a native of Tuam, now living in Germany with his wife and three children. Conleth has always had a talent for painting and the arts and we are delighted to host an art exhibition of his works at Pedro's Cafe Abbey Trinity all over Trad Festival week.
His work includes oil painting, modern art and landscape and is a must see.
Conleth Rooney - How to paint an Irish landscape
The Maigh Seola Collection - Áine Ní Shíoradáin
Milltown native Áine Ní Shíoradáin will present her celebrated talk on The Maigh Seola Collection at The Abbey Tavern in Tuam, at 8 pm on Friday 19th Sept. as part of the Tuam Trad Festival.
The Maigh Seola Collection of songs was first published in 1918. The book contains almost eighty songs collected in Galway and Mayo by Eibhlín Bean Mhic Choisdealbha (Costello) from her home at Bishop Street, Tuam during the turbulent times of a century ago.
Mrs. Costello travelled around collecting songs from the oral tradition, and the published work is a major addition to the folklore of this locality.
Áine gave this talk at Na Piobairi Uileann headquarters in Dublin in August to great acclaim, and is delighted to bring 'The Maigh Seola Collection' back home to Bishop Street where it all began.
Áine sings and plays harp with Mhuigh Seóla, the band who have kept the music of the collection alive on stage, TV and on their CD.
Expect some singing and music during the talk in the Abbey Tavern
Seán Keane was born in a small village called Caherlistrane near Tuam in County Galway into a musical family, including his renowned sister Dolores. He took a first prize in the Connaught Fleadh for singing in English.
Together with Frances Black and others he was a founder member of the group Arcady. He was voted Performer of the Year by readers of Irish Music Magazine in 97/98 and 98/99, and called "the greatest Irish musical find of the `90's" (London Independent), and "the fastest rising star of the Irish music scene" (Irish Times).
His musical voice is unique and his songs encompass a mixture of traditional Irish folk music, pop, blues, and country.
Seán Keane has released seven solo albums and collaborated on five others.
Colm Naughton is a renowned banjo and mandolin player from Creggs in North-East Galway. He started playing music at an early age which was inevitable, growing up in a large family of musicians. Neither of his parents played but both had a graet love of the music which rubbed off on Colm.
At the age of 7 Colm started attending whistle classes with the Roscommon fiddle player, Paddy Ryan and moved from there onto the banjo at age 11.
It wasn't until Colm moved to Galway in 1994 that the world of traditional music really opened up for him. There was a very vibrant session scene in Galway at that time, helped by some of the great traditional music pubs such as Taylor's, Taaffe's, The Crane and Tigh Neachtain to mention just a few. There was also a wide variety of musical styles to be heard with musicians from all over the country and further afield converging on the city. Colm quickly established himself on the scene and became a regular at many of the sessions. In 1998 while playing at a session in The Crane Bar with bouzouki player Bill Wright they were approached by an interesting looking character who was wondering if they would be intereseted in playing with him in The Róisín Dubh for two nights.
"We were playing away doing our ususal thing when I looked up and saw these two unusual looking characters looking down at the session. One had what looked like a train engineers dungarees and hat on and the other had a cowboy hat, full length trench coat and cowboy boots. It turned out to be Steve Earle and Peter Rowan. I have to admit I didn't know who they were but I soon found out. We had a couple of great nights in the Róisín Dubh"
Also in 1998, Colm was approached by Mick Crehan to see if he would be interested in being involved in setting up a traditional music school in Galway. Of course, he was delighted and agreed to do whatever he could to help. The Galway School of Irish Traditional music was formed shortly thereafter and as well as being the resident Banjo/Mandolin tutor, Colm served terms as both treasurer and secretary for the school.
In the following years Colm was involved in tours in the U.S., Germany, Norway, Poland and spent a year as a resident musician in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria. In 1999, he toured the East coast of the U.S. with the Galway based band, String Company. The band's repertoire consisted mainly of Gypsy and Scandanavian music. More recently, in 2010, he toured Ireland with the show Fuaim Chonamara featuring the Cunningham sean-nós dancers.
Colm has recorded as a guest musician with Orlaith Keane, John Beag Ó Flatharta, String Company, Pat Coyne and on the charity CD 'From West to East'.
He currently plays with singer Matt Keane from Caherlistrane and they can be seen regularly around the West of Ireland. In 2009, he met another singing member of the Keane family, Orlaith. They were married in 2011.
John Faulkner is a musician and singer / song writer. His music is multi-faceted and based
on his knowledge of the Celtic tradition. His deep interest in ethnic music of all kinds eventually drew him to the strong living
tradition of music in Ireland.
Although ancestrally from Dublin and Kildare, he has lived in
the west of Ireland for many years, and being in close proximity to many of the finest
singers and musicians of that area, he has learned at first hand the essence of that music.
As a working musician he has toured extensively throughout the world, in the USA, Canada,
Scandinavia, Europe, the Far East and Australia.
As well as being a solo performer he has
worked for many years with Dolores Keane as a duet co-performer and as musical director and
arranger for her band.
He has also shared the stage with many other musicians in the Irish
scene, most notably Kevin Burke, Arty McGlynn, Nolaig Casey and De Dannan. His recording career to date consists of appearances on fifteen albums, four of which he
produced, two of which he co-produced and two of which are solo albums.
Marie Reilly is an accomplished fiddler player. Marie was born in Co. Longford into a family steeped in Irish traditional music. Her grand-father, father and uncles all played the fiddle. Marie was introduced to Irish music from a very young age and competed and won numerous championship competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, Fleadh Great Britain and a myriad of festivals throughout Ireland, England and Scotland. She also studied classical music and graduated with first honours from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Marie appeared on national television in Ireland.
While living in England, Marie taught music in Birmingham and London. Along with teaching, she was a leading member of the folk group, named the Battering Ram.
Marie recently released a CD, The Anvil, a dedication to her father, Michael Reilly from Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim. The Anvil is a collection of some of the rarest and most delightful tunes of South Leitrim and Longford, a region with a distinctive fiddling tradition, passed down through eight generations. Many of the tunes on the recording, Marie learned from her father, a fiddling blacksmith, hence the CD title.
Celebrity Jigs 'n Reels
Celebrity Jigs and Reels (Tuam Style) takes place in Geoghegan's Bar on Sunday 4th September at 8.30pm. Tickets are €8 and will be available on the door. All proceeds will go towards the funding of the Tuam Trad Festival 2011. BE EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. Training has already begun under the watchful eye of all-Ireland Champion dancer Ger Butler.
Contestants will go through 6 weeks of training. They deserve your support so bring banners on the night supporting your favorite contestant!
So far confirmed dancers are:
Martin McNamara (Spar Bishop St., The West Wing, Former GAA All-Star)
Martin Nally (The Bridge Bar, Professional Athlete)
Alan Furey (The Abbey Tavern, Bar Man of the Year 1993)
Derbhna Coen (Joe Dolan and Associates, Dowling University Long Island Basketball Captain 2010)
Hugh Gallagher (Local Community Garda, renowned Musician/Singer)
Dympna Sharkey (Corralea Court Hotel, Tagaholics Tag Rugby Captain 2011)
Alan Bradburn (Geoghegans Nightclub, Former Leicester City Soccer Player)
Ronan Long (Property Long, High Street, Former Kerry GAA player, Musician)
Michelle Martyn (Galway Camogie Player)
Eugene Finnegan (Earwig Arts/Set and stage designer)
Stiofán de Lundres Ó Dálaigh (Current World & European University Masters' Champion)
Jane McNamara (Green Park Nursing Home, Actress with Marion Choral Society)
Jimmy Wynne (Door Motion LTD, Singer, Former Tuam RFC player!)
MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!!!!!!!!!
After studying Fine Art in Belfast, Derry-born artist Claire Toland left the bustle of the big city and moved to live in the beautiful Inishowen penninsula.
Clare's style's are varied, ranging from landscape, musical expression, literary interpretation to abstract.Claires worked can be viewed on facebook.
Tipperary man, Dick Hogan, reared in the Slieve Phelim mountains in mid west Tipperary close to the Limerick border, a place where Dick says traditions die hard. He can never remember a time when he didn't sing and that he must have been singing before he was born at all. His father was a very good singer, mostly of John McCormack songs and rebel ballads of the Tipperary area.
Dick has recently compiled and released the largest collection of traditional songs ever recorded by a single Irish artist - 'The Hogan Collection'.
Traditional music commentator Fintan Vallely describes the collection: "The whole bubbling mass embodies everything that could be said about "Irishness". Dick's is in fact a unique world that takes exceptional focus to maintain and stamina to chronicle. It is quite remarkable to find it all in the one person in the twenty-first century. This lyric cosmos runs behind Dick Hogan's daily life like an everlasting silent movie. Dick lets the volume and variety of lyrics and melodies celebrate the older world as a holiday for the imagination."
Dick has toured in many parts of the world, having been to the USA more than a dozen times with the Slievenamon Set Dancing group under the guidance of the famous Set Dancing maestro, Connie Ryan who came from only a few miles from Dick's home place. He also has an All Ireland medal for set dancing again under the tutelage of Connie Ryan. Dick and his wife Bridget who is known to sing occasionally and also an All Ireland champion set dancer travelled all over Ireland with Connie helping with the revival of old set dances which were largely forgotten.
Roxanne, a local girl, started out musically very young though only began singing publicly competing in West Got Talent 2010. She then entered The CU Factor and winning 1st place went on to represent Tuam in the Connacht battles. Eventually Roxanne decided to release a CD titled "Priority 21". Released May 25th 2013, Complete with 13 tracks and a range of genres, beats and original songs it has proven to be a very versatile enjoyable CD for all ages. Priority 21 is now on sale locally and internationally.
The Dartry Céilí Band
The Dartry Céilí Band, from County Sligo, have just released their first recording ‘The Killavil Post'. In August 2009 they won the All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. The Dartry Céilí Band made history as being only the second Céilí Band to bring the title West of the Shannon since 1953. The 11 members of the band hail from the counties of Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon.
Comprising of flutes, fiddles, concertina, accordion, piano and drums, the band plays with great energy and drive. In addition to the dance tunes, there are two songs on this recording, ‘The Piper' by Cian Kearins and ‘Far Away in Australia' by Noelle Carroll.
The Dartry Céilí Band at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2008
"Making the Pages Sing"
Founding members of the group Maigh Seola, Aine Sheridan and Brid Dooley, perform an intimate and insightful recital of songs steeped in the history of Tuam and its surrounds. The pairing of harp and voice has breathed new life into the music collected in the early part of the last century by Eiblin Bean Mhic Choisdealbha, a woman who left an indelible mark on Tuam's cultural past. Her book, Amhrain Mhuige Seola published in 1923 has strong personal connections for Aine and Brid and their passion for the music shines through in their performance. (Their long standing commitment to the songs and tunes has been realised in Maigh Seola's debut CD Beyond The Mearing Wall.)
Aine Sheridan and Brid Dooley perform the Songs of Maigh Seola at the Ard Ri Hotel Foyer on Sunday September 18th at 1.30pm.
Tuam Trad Festival 2012
Mark it in you calendar! The third annual Tuam Trad Festival has been confirmed for the weekend of September 14th - 16th 2012. Now an established and prestigious traditional festival, Tuam will play host to the best of traditional entertainers from across the country and further afield for
a feast of Traditional music, song and dance.
Some Highlights for this year's festival:
Friday September 14th -
» Opening Concert, featuring an eclectic mix of the finest local and national musicians, singers and dancers.
» Evening sessions across the town
Saturday September 15th -
» Music, Song and Dance Workshops, morning and afternoon. Beginners, intermediate and advanced classes in many disciplines.
» Tutors concert.
» Saturday Night Ceili Mór.
Sunday September 16th -
» Special Irish Festival Mass
» Afternoon Concet and all day Trad Sessions
Stay tuned for updates!
YOUNG TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2015
UNDER 16 AND UNDER 23 YRS OF AGE (ON OR BEFORE 31ST August 2016)
Eight finalists will be selected by the judging panel and invited to perform in a live final at this year's festival held in Tuam on August 31st 2015.
The following must be adhered too:
» Traditional Music content
» Quality of performance
The performance will be adjudicated in its entirety,
on professionalism and rapport with the audience, giving a verbal introduction into each piece of music.
Each competitor can have a maximum of two accompanists.
Competitors should have two sets of tunes recorded on CD and posted by August 31st 2015 to: Ann Coen, Chairperson Tuam Trad Festival, Bishop Street, Tuam, Co Galway.
Competitors should have one set for performance at final comprising: Jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, marches, setdance, O'Carolan Compositions or other accepted pieces of Irish Traditional Music.
Entry Fee: €20.00
Please download the application form here and post along with your €20 entry fee and your recording to: Ann Coen, Chairperson, Tuam Trad Festival, Bishop Street, Tuam, Co Galway.
Entries must be received on or before 1st September 2015 and Finalists will be notified by September 5th 2015.
ADJUDICATORS WILL BE RECOCINISED MUSICIANS, INDEPENDENT OF TUAM TRAD FESTIVAL COMMITTEE AND FROM OUTSIDE OF THE AREA.
PRIZES TO INCLUDE CASH SUM PLUS TROPHY
Exploration Dome is a mobile planetarium, providing a fascinating glimpse into our universe.
The Dome will be located at The Marquee in the Corralea Court Hotel Tuam.
Shows will start @ 1pm on Sunday 16th September and will be on every hour on the hour.
Each show lasts 20 minutes and will cost €5 per Adult and €3 per Child.
Please arrive approx. 10-15 min. before the show to buy your ticket, so everyone can get into the dome by the starting time.
For more information see www.explorationdome.ie.
No surprises? Well, not quite. Tradiohead take the songs of Radiohead and re-imagine them using instruments more often associated with Irish traditional music - Occupy Oxford, if you will. The quartet play songs from classic albums like The Bends,OK Computer and Kid A, as well as more recent Radiohead records like Hail To The Thief and In Rainbows.They caught the ear of Galway Bay FM's Vinny Browne, who invited Tradiohead to play on his well-regarded Arts Show.
They closed this year's Galway Sessions Festival and have just returned from two shows at the 2012 Electric Picnic.
The band are Tuam native Jimi McDonnell on vocals, Philip Fogarty on accordion and bodhrán, Pat Hargan on guitar and Michael Chang on violin, viola and mandolin.
Tradiohead play Canavan's (upstairs) on Saturday September 15th at 7pm. Admission €5
The Rambling Rogues
The Rambling Rogues are a 4 piece traditional Irish Music and Song group from the West of Ireland. The group consists of Sharon McCabe, Paul Clesham, Maria Hughes and Michelle Rattigan. The Rogues began playing together at a young age. They won and competed in many Fleadh Ceoil competitions together at All Ireland Level.Since then the group have gone from strength to strength playing at many functions including Weddings, Funeral, Trad Music Festivals, Private functions, Charity Events, and Award Cermonies. They were invited over to Alsace in France by the Mayor of Ruleshiem to preform at a concert in March 2011 and have been invited back again for the following year. The group were honoured to play for the then President of Ireland Mary McAlease in May 2011. They have just released their Debut album titled "The Rambling Rogues" which contains a mixture of song and traditional Irish music.
Four Decades Plus of Irish Music and Song
The members of Galway based Shaskeen now four decades plus still providing music & song with maturity & verve.
Our association with Tuam goes back to the early 1970s when we played every Monday night in the Shamroch Bar where we experienced a great period of music song and dance. Shaskeen has made many lasting friends from this time, some unfortunatly no longer with us, but many who still look back with nostilgia on those days.
So it is with great pleasure we return to Tuam for the Tuam Trad. Fest. on Friday 20th Sept. to perform a concert in the Ard Rí Hotel. Shaskeen will appear with a full 8 piece band with Patsy McDonagh on accordion, Pat Broderick on Uillean Pipes, Eamon Cotter Concert flute, Pat Costello on Vocals, Guitar & Mandolin, Geraldine Cotter on Piano, Maureen Brown on Fiddle, Johnny Donnellan on bodhran & Tom Cussen on banjo. We will also have some guest sean nós dancers on the night.So make a date for youre diary for a night of music, song & story.
Don Stiffe is one of the most recent singer/songwriters to emerge on the Irish Folk Scene. Stiffe hails from Galway and his singing prowess is up there with the greats that Ireland has produced.
Don's award winning debut solo album "Start of a Dream" was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. His version of the "Dimming of the Day" by Richard Thompson won vocal cut of the year from the Live Ireland 2010 awards. The fantastic musicianship on this album speaks for itself and includes Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Arty McGlynn, Cathal Hayden and Carol Hession, to name but a few. Four of the songs on this album "Missing Galway", "Grosse Isle", "The Returning" and "The Banks of the Danube" were penned by Don himself.
Don lived in Boston (USA) in the 90's, where he was involved in the Folk Scene. He was a regular visitor to St Louis where he spent time in the company of the legendary accordian player Joe Burke who described Don as "The Bard of Bohermore".
Don's passionate singing guarantees a most impressive performance in front of a live audience as those who have seen him perform in Ireland, Europe and the USA will testify.
Don has played at one of Irelands biggest sporting events - The Volvo Ocean Race in his native Galway in June 2009. In one of the biggest nights of the event he played to an estimated crowd of 50,000 people, appearing along side artists Sharon Shannon and the Saw Doctors.
In 2010, he was invited to play at the Irish Culture Festival in Cleveland Ohio, Catskills Irish Arts week in Upstate New York and at the Irish Centre, Philadelphia where he was overwhelmingly received at all of these venues.
2011 was a year to remember for Don as he was one of the finalists in The All Ireland Talent Show, one of Irelands most watched TV shows. This entailed many weeks of performing to live audiences of up to 800,000 people. His continued success brought him to guest with Irish American Band, Cherish The Ladies on their summer tour of Ireland and Scotland and also touring 18 States in USA on their Christmas Tour. The band's leader Joanie Madden introduced Stiffe as one of the best singers Ireland has produced in years.
In December 2011 Don released his second album "Lifes Journey". One of Don's own songs "Somebody Special", which is on this new album, has recently won an award for song of the year from the Live Ireland Awards, song by Matt Keane.
2012 will see Don Stiffe touring Ireland and Internationally with his new album. He will also guest with the Kilfenora Ceile Band as a follow up to his appearance on their new album which will be released later this year.
A number of Don's songs have been recorded by other artists, "Grosse Isle", recorded by Sean Keane, Kate Purcell and Danish Band, Moving Cloud. "Somebody Special" was recorded by Matt Keane and "Home in Time for Christmas", recorded by Cherish The Ladies.
Enda Seery from Co. Westmeath in the heart of Ireland, is one of Ireland's finest whistle, flute players and composers.
Enda grew up with music, song and dance from an early age with his musical siblings Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig (fiddle) all gaining a reputation for their musicality and tradition as part of The Mona Dubh Céili Band.
Enda was a consistent achiever at Fleadh Cheoil competitions at Provincial and All-Ireland level. He has multiple whistle titles at Provincial level and in 2011, he was honoured with a 3rd place for his hornpipe composition Langton's of Kilkenny at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan. Indeed Enda's compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin All-Ireland Champion button accordion player Colin Nea recently recording Enda's composition Sam's Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels. Colin lives in Kilfenora, Co. Clare.
Enda's critically acclaimed debut album The Winding Clock was released in 2010 and sees Enda sprinkle his own compositions amongst other well know session tunes.
In recent years, Enda has gained a reputation as a respected teacher, administrator and adjudicator for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the largest traditional Irish music organization in the world. He holds the T.T.C.T Comhaltas teaching diploma.
In September 2012, Enda Seery completed a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with First Class Honours.
Enda is currently leader of Ceoltóirí an Mhuilinn the resident group at the midlands Comhaltas centre Áras an Mhuilinn in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and he also produces the annual summer Seisiún shows at the centre.
Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ's Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.
2013 has seen Enda release his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside) with Enda featuring on whistles, flute, keyboard and vocals with guest appearances from John Byrne on guitar, Eoghan MacAogáin on whistle, James Hughes on fiddle and Tom Delany on guitar. The album includes many more of Enda's own original traditional compositions. Kevin Crawford of Lúnasa fame has described Enda as being on "top of his game musically" on the album. The album has already received consistent airplay on Irish radio on stations such as RTÉ Ráidió na Gaeltachta, Midlands 103, Shannonside Northern Sound, Tipperary Mid-West and Radio Kerry.
Aindrias de Staic
Comedian, actor, musician and television personality, Aindrias de Staic, presents his new show, "The Man from Moogaga."
Football, music and mayhem collide in this comic tale of jigs, reels, raggle taggle and growing up in rural west of Ireland. The show focuses on the life and adventures of a young man from the town of Moogaga.
Despite having a natural talent for music the young man has only one goal, to play Gaelic football for his town, and he prioritizes this over developing his musical skills. However having neither the skill nor the physique to make the team, and frustrated by life in Moogaga, he decides to travel across Europe and America in the hope that he will find a town like Moogaga that will accept him.
He travels far and wide all the time acquiring new musical skills yet at all time driven by the goal to become stronger and play football. In a one-horse town he finds acceptance and love as he learns to play new rhythms but trouble and strife soon follow too. Eventually, The Man from Moogaga returns home to find his hometown in the football final and desperately in need of something to help them win the match. Can The Man from Moogaga embrace his musical talents in time to inspire his team to win the cup?
"Everywhere I go, I find I'm talking about the towns, villages and characters I knew in my youth. So, the show has just developed naturally from these songs and stories. 'The Man from Moogaga' is about the small town Ireland of 1980s, a really crazy place!" - Aindrias de Staic
Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha New CD "Draiocht na Geadoige"
Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha from Cor na Ron in Indreabhán, Contae na Gaillimhe started learning music from her parents at a young age, now head of music at Radio na Gaeltachta. Neansai a renowned and highly respected musician and presenter, she presents her own two hour show every Sunday and has a vast listenership throughout the world.
Patsy Maloney & John Regan Ne CD "Over The Bog Road"
Patsy Maloney & John Regan NEW CD "Over The Bog Road" is a long awaited cd from these two highly accomplished, well known and respected musicians, Patsy, Flute player hails from County Limerick now living in England while John, Accordeon Player hails from Co, Sligo now resides in Dublin.
Ronan Regan & Irene Guckian New CD "Drumshambows"
Ronan Regan, Salthill, Galway and Irene Guckian Leitrim come together to bring us a celebration of traditional music from Leitrim and surrounding hinderland, Both renowned fiddle players have released many CD's and Ronan has also choreographed the short film "Why the Irish Dance that Way" as well as his publications which include "Dance Sean Nos for beginners" and "Dance Sean-Nos"
Seamus Walsh New CD "Turas"
Seamus originally from Co. Clare but now resides in Galway is well know in the traditional music scene throughout the country. He has many cd's released in accordion playing and has played and learned from some of the greats in all styles of playing and instruments.
Galway band back on stage after 30 years
After 30 years this band have come back together to celebrate the old days of yore, this recording is a reminder of the exciting times of the early 1980's when traditional music was gaining a renewed interest among people and anything was made possible. These world renowned musicians have represented all that is great about our Traditional Music and heritage across the globe.
Roudledum are: Vincent Griffin, Jerry Mulvihill, Gerry Hanley & Seán Ó hEannaigh
Tuam Trad Festival 2014
Mark it in you calendar! The fifth annual Tuam Trad Festival has been confirmed for the weekend of September 19th - 21st 2014. Now an established and prestigious traditional festival, Tuam will play host to the best of traditional entertainers from across the country and further afield for
a feast of Traditional music, song and dance.
Some Highlights for this year's festival:
» The Linda Martyn School of Dancing Variety Concert Friday Night 19th September 8.30pm in the Ard Rí Hotel featuring all Ireland Dancers, Musicians and Singers. A show not to be missed. Admission €10 (Fund-raiser for World Championships 2015).
» Music, Song and Dance Workshops Mercy Primary School 11am-1pm, Saturday September 20th
Accordion - Sharon Connell, Fiddle - Shane Meehan, Concertina - Róisin Broderick,
Flute - Eileen Hassett, Banjo - Magie Carty, Tin Whistle - Padraic Keane,
Séan Nós Dancing - Patricia Ni Fhátharta, Traditional Singing - Carmel Gunning,
Bodhran - Ann Marie Broderick, Uilleann Pipes - Pat Broderick.
Further workshops to be announced
» Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014 Corralea Court Hotel 4pm, Saturday September 20th
One set of tunes to be arranged for public performance.
Entries to be received by August 20th. Entry fee €15.
Prizes to include cash sum plus trophy.
Click here to download application details
» Saturday Night Ceili Mór with The Deenagh Ceili Band at Ard Rí House Hotel.
Saturday September 20th. Dancing 9pm - late.
Admission €10. Refreshments served.