Seachtain Ceoil Chois FharraigeWorkshop Tutors
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!
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.
Immersed in the thriving music scene of the east coast of the US, Jesse began playing fiddle at a young age. He graduated from The Baltimore School for the Arts in 1995 and in ’98 moved to Ireland, where he joined up with the band Danú, recording two CD’s. His 2002 solo album was among the ‘top 10’ CD’s cited by music columnist Earle Hitchner in America’s largest Irish weekly ‘The Irish Echo’. He has since been involved in a number of collaborative projects including duet recordings with Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, Emmett Gill and Mick O’ Grady. He has made guest appearances on numerous CD’s by Sharon Shannon, Harry Bradley and Alan Kelly, to name but a few. Jesse has researched and lectured on Irish music, particularly on the earliest recordings, in a number of universities including UL and DIT. He presented ‘The Finer Details of Michael Coleman’s Fiddle Style’ in Queens University Belfast, Na Píobairí Uilleann and at the Catskills Irish Arts Week. TV appearances include the Late Late Show, The Raw Bar, The Reel Deal, Geantraí, Ceol na nOileán and most recently the documentary ‘An Godfather’, about London based fiddler Brian Rooney. He continues to perform and teach at many of Ireland’s and Europe’s premier festivals and venues. While receiving a Masters degree from Dundalk Institute of Technology, Jesse completed his research thesis on Michael Coleman, which he plans to publish soon. He currently lives in Dublin and plays an active part in the traditional music community there.
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. Aoife learned her music from local teachers Anne and Nicky McAulliffe. She plays a style very much in sync with the Sliabh Luachra tradition and contributes much to the unique settings and rhythm that typifies their duet playing. 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.
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.
Liam O' Connor
Liam was born into a musical family in Dublin, his father Mick is a renowned music historian, flute-player and former member of the Castle Ceili Band. In 2002 Liam was awarded the prestigious TG4, “Young Traditional Musician of the Year”. Liam absorbed much music in the home and began fiddle lessons with Seamus Glackin at the age of 8 and he credits Seamus with having developed and sustained his deep interest in traditional fiddle music. Liam completed all eight grades of classical violin with distinction in the College of Music, Chatham Row, Dublin and is an accomplished concertina player. He has won 5 All Ireland fiddle and slow air championships, won the Oireachtas fiddle competition at junior and senior levels. Liam has been asked to teach at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Scoil Acla, The Frankie Kennedy Winter School and The Joe Mooney Summer School. He has toured and played extensively in Ireland in combination with Sean McKeon, Liam O’Flynn, Noel Hill and Harry Bradley. Television appearances include THE RAW BAR and FLEADH CHEOIL. Liam has played concerts in the USA, France and Italy.
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. Over the years, Angelina has developed 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.
From Maree, Co. Galway, Pádraic was born into a great musical family. His father Tommy, a well known piper originally from Waterford was taught by the legendary Tommy Kearney. His mother Jacqueline McCarthy, a very respected concertina player is the daughter of the late Tommy McCarthy from West Clare, a multi-instrumentalist playing pipes, whistle and concertina. Pádraic began learning the pipes aged 8 under the guidance of his father. He also received tuition from many leading pipers including Robbie Hannan, Mick O’Brien, Emmett Gill, Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Seán McKeon, Brian McNamara and Ronan Browne. He has performed nationwide and his music has been broadcast on local and national radio as well as RTÉ Television. Pádraic’s piping comes from the style of Willie Clancy but other influences such as Seán McKiernan and Séamus Ennis are also discernible in his music. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Gradam Ceoil TG4 – Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana.
Harry Bradley was born in South Belfast. The vibrant recording heritage from the 1920’s and 1930’s has had a huge influence on his flute-playing style as has the playing of musicians such as Seamus Tansey, Dessie Wilkinson and piper Seamus Ennis, to name but a few. Noted for his unique tone and driving rhythm, Harry has come to be recognized as one of the most distinctive flute players in Ireland today. He has toured internationally and recorded both as a soloist and with groups such as Cran and Altan. In 2014 he was the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Cheoil Traditional Musician of the Year Award.
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.
Pádraig Ó Dubhghaill
Pádraig was born and raised in Inverin, situated in the Connemara Gaeltacht. He started learning the tin-whistle at a young age under the tutelage of Mary Bergin before picking up the guitar at 17 years of age. After spending a couple of years playing a variety of music including rock, classical and country-blues, Pádraig decided to apply his guitar-playing skills to Irish traditional music. While completing and achieving 1st class honours in the MA in Irish Music Performance at the University of Limerick, Pádraig learnt from some of the best guitarists in the tradition including Steve Cooney, John Blake, Jim Murray, Tim Edey and John Doyle.
Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh
A true innovator amongst bodhránai and traditional musicians the world over, Johnny invented several ground-breaking techniques that actually extended the musical vocabulary of the instrument, such as the backslide and playing on the rim. He can also lay claim to being the first to play a bodhrán with a brush, as well as originating the idea for a tuneable bodhrán. Johnny is an original member of the legendary De Danann and has an outstanding recording reputation, having backed premier solo Irish music acts from Eileen Ivers to Mary Bergin, as well as Thin Lizzy’s legendary Phil Lynott and the creator of Tubular Bells’ Mike Oldfield. Johnny is now the leader of trad group Arcady. Quite simply, there can be no-one better to learn the true art of the Bodhrán from than Johnny.
Kelly Gannon is an All-Ireland champion musician who has been playing the concertina since the age of six. Growing up in Ballindine, Co.Mayo, 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, including the Irish Cultural and Heritage centre of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Catskills Irish Arts Week and Chief O’ Neills (Chicago). Her music has been recorded for Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ Radio 1 “Céili House” and the TV series “Geantraí” on TG4. More recently, she 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.