Seachtain Ceoil Chois FharraigeWorkshop Tutors & Visiting Musicians
Some of the best musicians in the country will be joining us for “Seachtain Ceoil Chois Fharraige” this year.
More tutors and visiting musicians to be added soon!
‘Just about the best Tin Whistle player this century’ is how the Irish Times referred to Mary in a recent interview. She was born into a very musical family and began playing at an early age winning many awards in Oireachtas and Fleadh Ceoil competitions, including the All-Ireland Championships at Junior and Senior level. Mary’s first solo album ‘Feadóga Stáin’ brought out in 1979, holds its place as a classic in latter-day traditional music. Her second solo one in 1992 was referred to as having Biblical status with fans of Celtic music. She has toured extensively in Europe, America and in Australia playing in concerts and festivals, and giving workshops and seminars. She has also given masterclasses in many Universities around the world. In 1990, Mary, together with musicians Kathleen Loughnane and Dearbhaill Standun, formed the group ‘Dordan’ whose particular and distinctive mix of traditional Irish and European baroque music has achieved wide acclaim, receiving the National Entertainment Award for traditional music in 1993. In 2000, Mary herself won the prestigious ‘Traditional Musician of the Year’ Award.
Born in London, John was exposed to a vibrant and thriving Irish music scene. Taught by legendary Clare man Brendan Mulkere, the flute quickly became his instrument of choice and he added to that by picking up guitar and piano skills in his teens. He forged a musical partnership with fiddler Lamond Gillespie and in later years released 2 albums with Lamond, and bouzouki player Mick Leahy. Upon moving to Ireland in 1998, John became highly in-demand as a guitar player, performing and recording with many musicians including fellow Londoner John Carty, The Tap Room Trio, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters, Harry Bradley and Téada to name but a few. John has just received a 1st class honours - Mmus in Music Performance masters degree from DIT. He also teaches and performs all over Ireland, USA, and the UK on Piano, Guitar, Flute and Whistle. The flute however was never to far away and in 2013 John released his debut solo flute recording ‘The Narrow Edge’, of which Living Tradition magazine said “Get this album if you have a love for the music or the instrument – here’s someone who knows how to play!”
Tommy Keane was born in Waterford City and while in his early twenties, after playing tin whistle for a couple of years, he met local piper Tommy Kearney who encouraged him to take up the uilleann pipes. As well as his early tuition from Tommy Kearney, Tommy also attended the Willie Clancy Summer School where he learned further piping skills from Brian Gallagher, Pat Mitchell and Liam O’Flynn. The recordings of Willie Clancy, Séamus Ennis and Tommy Reck have also influenced his repertoire and style of playing. In the 1980s Tommy spent seven years in London where he played with many of the giants of Irish music including Tommy McCarthy, Bobby Casey and Roger Sherlock. Since 1987 he has lived in Co. Galway where he teaches traditional music. His solo album “The Piper’s Apron “ was released in 1991 and in 1995 a duet album “The wind among the reeds” with his wife, concertina player Jacqueline McCarthy. He is featured with Liam O’Flynn and Ronan Browne on Volume 1 of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s DVD series “Piper’s Choice” - released in in 2008. He is Chairman of Na Píobairí Uilleann.
Colm was born in Dorchester, Boston, to Connemara parents - his father John from Droim & his mother Gerry from Túirín. He learnt to play his music from his father & his brother Sean. Colm won the All-Ireland in 1994 on the Button Accordion and then moved to Ennis, with fiddler Jesse Smith, where he got to play with all the great musicians there. After a couple of years, Colm was asked to join “Riverdance the show” with whom he toured for 4 years. He has toured the states with the world-renowned “Dervish” and, as part of the group “Ragús”, performed with Dolly Parton in “Dollywood”. Now living in Droim, he plays throughout Ireland and the US promoting his new album “The Rights of Man”, featuring Alec Finn, Johnny McDonagh, John Blake and Kelly Gannon. He has recorded extensively and has released the albums “Return to Droim”, “Trasna Na dTonnta” – a duet album with his father John Gannon, and “The Ewe with the Crooked Horn” along with Jesse Smith and John Blake. He has also recorded as a guest musician on numerous occasions. Colm appeared in the critically acclaimed movie “The Guard”, starring award winning actor Brendan Gleeson and recorded the soundtrack with Gay McKeon, Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh and Mary Corcoran. In 2012, Colm was awarded a 1st class honours Masters degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick.
Multi-instrumentalist Tommy Fitzharris, hails from Stradbally, Co Laois, and has been playing traditional Irish music since the age of 7. He comes from a musical family and is self-taught on the flute, concertina and whistle. In 2009, Tommy won the Senior Concertina title in the All-Ireland Fleadh before also winning the All Ireland Senior Flute Competition in 2012. Tommy has been a tutor on the BA in Irish Music and Dance and on the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance in the University of Limerick since 2009. He is in constant demand as a tutor and performer on the traditional Irish music festival scene and continues to give workshops and concerts at various traditional music festivals nationally and internationally. Tommy has toured Europe, the US and Asia extensively with the band Ciorras, who were formed as part of the Lorg Lunny programme on TG4. He has featured on the Fleadh programmes, BBC Alba, Beijing TV, Geantraí, Ceilí House and The Tubridy Show. He has performed in some the worlds most prestigious music venues including The Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, The National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Munich Philharmonie Concert Hall to name but a few. Tommy holds an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance and a Grad Dip in Music Education, attained from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Paudie O Connor
Paudie O Connor is an accordion player from Sliabh Luachra Kerry. His playing follows in the traditions of Sliabh Luachra, with his influences ranging from the bowing of Padraig O’ Keeffe and Denis Murphy to the time spent in his youth playing with local box players Johnny O’ Leary, Jimmy Doyle and John Brosnan. In 2005, he launched a landmark recording of Sliabh Luachra music entitled ‘Different State’ which featured in the best of 2005 lists of both The Irish Times and The Irish Echo. Paudie’s music also featured on the album The County Bounds, a 1999 Ossian records production featuring a compilation of music from the Cork-Kerry border including contributions from Johnny O’Leary, Jackie Daly and Peadar Ó Riada. On ‘Different State’, his wife Aoife Ní Chaoimh, a fiddle player from Tralee, Co. Kerry, joins Paudie. In 2008, Paudie released the album Wind and Reeds with uilleann-piper John O’Brien and Jim Murray on guitar. Paudie is a regular contributor to traditional music festivals, workshops and lectures at home and abroad. In 2010, Paudie performed in the music ensemble as part of Rough Magic’s production of Phaedra for the Dublin Theatre Festival and in 2011 presented an episode of Geantraí featuring Sliabh Luachra musicians. In December 2014, Paudie and Aoife launched the critically acclaimed ‘Didn’t She Dance and Dance’, an album of dance tunes from Sliabh Luachra.
Derek Hickey hails from Adare, Co. Limerick. He started playing accordion at a young age. By the age of 18 he joined the band Arcady and then at 21 was invited by Frankie Gavin to join De Danann. He recorded two albums with the band during the time he spent with them. Derek Hickey is a regular tutor at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick. In his rich and varied performing experiences, he has shared the stage with some of world’s greatest talents including Stephan Grappelli and The Rolling Stones.
Kelly Gannon is an All-Ireland champion musician who has been playing the concertina since the age of six. She was taught by her mother Bernie Geraghty and now continues the family tradition of teaching in Connemara. Regularly performing at music festivals throughout Ireland, she has also featured in concert venues across North America. Her music has been recorded for national radio and television. She has also recorded with her husband Colm on the album “The Rights of Man”. Kelly studied classical piano and theory through the Royal Irish Academy of Music and has over 10 years teaching experience.
Paddy grew up in Sligo on the west coast of Ireland. He first started playing music on the tin whistle, taught by the great Kevin McTernan, before moving on to the Bodhrán. Paddy’s style embraces modern techniques without losing the more simple rhythms that work so well within Irish music. His tonal and rhythmic understanding of the instrument are also greatly influenced by his bouzouki playing - the instrument with which he is associated most today. He has played/toured with Malin Head, Na Dorsa, Riverdance, Solas and Michael McGoldrick to name but a few.
Jacqueline was born in London to Irish parents who had emigrated to England in the early 1950s. She grew up listening to traditional music, her father Tommy McCarthy being a piper and concertina player from Clare. Musicians like Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor and Bobby Casey were all part of a thriving music scene that Jacqueline experienced first hand. She also recalls meeting John Kelly and Willie Clancy during frequent visits to Ireland. With her father Tommy, sisters Marion and Bernadette and brother Tommy, she performed throughout Ireland and the UK - including The Royal Albert Hall, London. Since 1987 she has been living in Co. Galway where she teaches concertina. She is a regular performer at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Co. Clare and has toured the U.S. on several occasions with her husband Tommy Keane. In 1995 they released an album “The Wind Among the Reeds” and in 1999 she released “The Hidden Note” featuring the McCarthy family, Tommy Keane and Alec Finn.
Angelina Carberry was born in Manchester into a County Longford musical family steeped in traditional music. Though her style echoes that of her grandfather, Kevin Carberry, Angelina has developed a light handed, sparkling touch on the banjo - a highly personal style with unique rhythmical characteristics. Her unmistakable banjo sound is captured on her solo 2005 CD, ‘An Traidisún Beo’, which was awarded one of the Irish Echo’s Top 10 CD’S of the year. In addition to performing, Angelina is also a respected music teacher and popular banjo tutor at many festivals throughout the country and abroad. She has toured throughout Ireland, Europe and Japan and annually in North America that included appearances at major festivals (Catskills Irish Arts Week in N.Y, the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, N.C, and the Augusta Heritage Week in Elkins, W.V). She has taught master classes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University Limerick and is a regular tutor at the Scoil Éigse Summer School.
Fiddle player, James Carty from Boyle, Co Roscommon comes from a long line of traditional Irish musicians and a family highly respected in the Traditional idiom. His father, John Carty is an internationally renowned fiddle and banjo player. James however is cutting his own path in the traditional music scene with his own distinctive style which he has developed having grown up listening to the recordings of the old Sligo masters Michael Coleman, James Morrisson, Paddy Killoran to name just three. James currently lives in London and has become one of the mainstays of the traditional music scene there. He also teaches fiddle in the Mulkere Academy and privately as well as at workshops and summer schools. James has appeared on a couple of commercial recordings, most notably The First of May with Harry Bradley on flute and At Complete Ease, with his father John and Brian Rooney. He is currently working on his first solo album which he hopes to release this summer.