Music Workshop Enrollment
Damien O'Reilly is an esteemed accordion player from county Clare. He learned music in his native Corofin in North Clare and this rhythmical style can be heard in his playing today. He was strongly influenced by the music recorded in the 70s and 80s such as De Danann, Noel Hill, Tony Linnane, Tony McMahon, The Bothy Band and many more. Growing up Damien learned much of his music from his brother Padraic who also had a major influence on him.
Damien is a much sought after tutor having taught at many of Ireland's leading festivals. He has toured much of Europe and completed an Irish tour with the Kilfenora Céilí band in 2013. In 2007 Damien was asked to join the band Cruinniu and recorded a debut album to critical acclaim. He is the musical director of the highly successful Corofin Traditional Festival.
Below is a clip of Damien from the Friday night concert at the John Dwyer festival in Waterford, October 2014.
Paddy Egan comes from county Wicklow. He began learning Irish music when he was seven, and spent his early years listening to music of the local musicians in his family's pub. He took private lessons for over eight years from the late great Wexford concertina player, Larry Kinsella and Larry's style was a very strong influence on his music. He was regularly at the sessions in Gorey Co. Wexford where he first heard Tony Crehan and a host of musicians every week. Along with Tony and Larry, some of his influences in concertina playing along the way have included Niall Vallely and John Williams.
In 2006, he travelled to Gort to research for his MA in Ethnomusicology where he met with the likes of local great Des Mulkere, the mighty Joe Carey and Paddy Fitzpatrick from Mayo. He has been to the festival nearly every year since. Recently in 2012, he co-directed a Vinyl/DVD/CD album of music and revelry at Whelan's pub in nearby Shanaglish with "Derreen/Beagh/San Francisco" legend Vincey Keehan. Nights In Shanaglish is supported online at this link: www.nightsinshanaglish.com
Paddy is currently researching in UCC, Cork for his PhD where he is studying the manuscript scores and musical projects in the Seán Ó Riada special collection. He is also a regular musician in the thriving session scene throughout the city.
Below is a clip of Paddy performing at the Cooley Collins fundraiser at the Lady Gregory Hotel, August 2016.
Originally from Brookborough, Co. Fermanagh, Brian McGrath is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. A master on both piano and banjo, he has featured on over 200 albums to date, working with some of the biggest names in Irish traditional music including Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, John Carty, Matt Molloy and Dolores Keane to name but a few. A member of the renowned traditional group De Danann, Brian is currently resident in Galway, where he is an established member of the city’s musical community..
A true innovator among bodhránai and traditional musicians the world over, Johnny invented several groundbreaking 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 tunable 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 Lynot 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.
Originally from Crusheen in North Clare although currently living in London, Brendan Mulkere is renowned as a fiddle player as well as his contribution to the Irish Traditional Music scene in London where his focus was passing on the tradition to the Irish in England as well as anybody who holds an interest in Irish Traditional Music.
Many great names went through his hands and were inspired by him including John Carty, John Blake, Lamond Gillespe and others. He taught a number of instruments including fiddle, accordion, banjo etc. His dedication, perseverance and passion for the music and the manner in which he taught it to so many people from London and beyond will be hard to repeat. He still teaches and is now director of the traditional Irish Music Programme at the Irish Cultural Centre in London.
Brendan has received many awards for his contribution to traditional music and was honoured at the Fleadh Nua in Ennis in 2013. Here is a clip of the Thatch Céili Band, two time Senior All-Ireland winners with Brendan at the helm.
Singer – Songwriter & much sought after accompanist in the traditional music circuit.
At an early age Sinead began to learn guitar and piano, often attempting to copy those she heard and saw on radio or TV. Listening to her mum's vinyl collection of artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sade, Joni Mitchell, Beverley Craven and Tracy Chapman.... Influences abundant, she absorbed the inspirations towards fully acknowledging the beauty of how music and words respond to each other to create something passionate, powerful and timeless. Further down the line she was able to consolidate her knowledge of guitar with lessons from Clive Carroll. Her natural abilities have since been nurtured by the sensitive musicality of her muse and close friend Kieran Mulkere alongside fine fellow family musicians. Sinead has since accompanied and supported various virtuous creative’s as Tommy Peoples, Dolores Keane, Mary Coughlan, The Furey Brothers and Damien Dempsey; exercising her admirable command of rhythm and metre on guitar and with voice and accompanies Irish traditional music on guitar and piano.
Most recently she’s performed and recorded with Boy George and George Clinton on an album also featuring Sinead OʼConnor. Retaining a family tradition of Folk and Country and writing songs within that genre, she also incorporates Jazz, Soul and the Blues seamlessly to arrive at a unique blend that we associate with her today. In the midst of devising her first solo album, Sinead’s desire is to carry the listener on a journey through seasons, common experience and an honest, organic account of human relations.
London born, County Clare based fiddle player Claire Egan was born into a family of musicians and artists from the West of Ireland and has been immersed in the music from listening to the recordings of the Master musicians from the 1920's as well as the wealth of great musicians from Ireland living in London such as Bobby Casey, Brian Rooney, John Carty and many others.
Claire went on to win several competitions as well as other prizes and awards including the Young Artists Award from the Irish Youth Foundation to assist with her studies including a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her music is regularly heard on BBC radio, RTE, RnaG, and International broadcasts.