Tutors / Classes

Saturday – 15th October


In conjunction with Éamonn Ó Múirí C.C.E.

Registration 10am – 11am
Classes – 11am – 3pm
Lunch 1pm-1:30pm
Tutor Recital – 3:30pm




maireadMairéad Ní­ Mhaonaigh was born and raised in the heartland of the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht in Donegal. She is a native speaker and learnt her songs and tunes from her family and neighbours. Mairéad is internationally known as one of the most important fiddle players that play in the unique Donegal style. This takes her to the world stage with her band Altan, who play the music of Donegal with pride, throughout the world. Mairéad learnt her songs and tunes from her father Francie í“ Maonaigh, one of the most important fiddle teachers in that part of the country. Mairéad is also a founder member of ‘Cairdeas na bhFidleirí, that began over twenty-five years ago to promote, develop and keep alive the richness of the county.

Mairéad harvested inspiration at first from her family and neighbours. Many musicians and singers visited her home was she was growing up, which influenced the young girl. Mairéad was qualified as a primary school teacher in 1979 and began teaching in Malahide, in County Dublin. In 1987, Mairéad and her husband, Frankie Kennedy decided to become full-time musicians and they founded Altan. The band went from strength to strength over the years, playing the music of Tí­r Chonaill around the world, from New York to Tokyo and back again. The band stayed true to the music and songs that they learned from their family back at home in Donegal in their neighbours kitchens and at sessions.

Aside from playing with Altan, Mairéad is also renowned for her work on other projects. She can be seen presenting music programmes on both radio and television, like ‘The Long Note’, and ‘The Pure Drop’, and lately, ‘The Full Set’. Mairéad is on recordings along with Enya, The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, The String Sisters and many others. She hopes to take time out to compose new music in the future.


16917483645_f7f0d51894_zA former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by his extended family; his grandfather and teacher Francie Mooney, Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Derry fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin as well as the Donegal fiddle legend John Doherty amongst others.

Ciarán first album Ceol a’Ghleanna/The Music of the Glen was released in 2004. He is also a member of the band Fidil along with Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan, and they have released 3 acclaimed albums. Fidil, released in June 2008, was described by Irish Music Magazine as “One of the most challanging and beautifully austere albums of the last fifty years”, 3 was released in 2009 and was awarded both a 5 star review and CD of the week in The Irish Times. In 2011 The Old Wheel of Fortune was released with Songlines magazine declaring it “one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade.” He has worked as a production co-ordinator, researcher and presenter on numerous television series’ for TG4 and RTÉ television and radio such as Sé Mo Laoch, Cérbh É, Cérbh Í, The Raw Bar, Geantraí, The Full Set and Ceolta Chiaráin.


cfCaoimhín Ó Fearghail comes from An Rinn in the west Waterford Gaeltacht. He started to learn the tin-whistle at the age of eight, taking lessons from Bobby Gardiner. He quickly progressed to the uilleann pipes, under the tutelage of David Power mostly. His influences include Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Tommy Reck and Patsy Touhey. He is also self-taught on flute and guitar, inspired by such diverse flute players as Matt Molloy, Mike Rafferty and Tom Doorley.
In 2006 as part of his school transition year project he released an album entitled Giorraíonn Beirt Bóthar, with a group of friends, local musicians and singers. It features guest appearances from well-known local artists including Liam Clancy, Áine Uí Cheallaigh, Donnchadh Gough and Ciarán Ó Gealbháin.
Since then, he has featured playing guitar on a number of albums in the last few years including Caitlín Nic Gabhann’s album, Caitlín, which was voted 2012 ‘Album of the Year’ on Tradconnect, and Edel Fox and Neill Byrne’s The Sunny Banks which was voted ‘Album of the Year’ for 2013 on Tradconnect. That same year he also recorded an album, Lá ag Ól Uisce, with his brother Seán and Tomás Ó Gealbháin. More recently he is featured on flute on Caladh Nua’s newest album Honest to Goodness.
He has performed with the well-known group Danú on numerous occasions on various instruments. He’s also featured regularly over the past six years in the Booley House show based in Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
He was the 2012 recipient of the TG4 Young Musician of the Year award (Gradam Ceoil TG4).


jtJack Talty is an Irish traditional musician, composer, producer, and educator, from Lissycasey in Co. Clare. As a performer Jack has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and Asia, and has contributed to over 30 albums to date as a musician, producer, composer, arranger, and engineer. In 2011 Jack released the critically acclaimed Na Fir Bolg with fellow concertina player Cormac Begley on his own Raelach Records label, and also formed Ensemble Ériu with double bass and flute player Neil O’ Loghlen. In January 2015, Ensemble Ériu were awarded the prestigious Gradam Comharcheol TG4 (musical collaboration award presented by Ireland’s national Irish language broadcaster). Since 2013 Jack has also performed as a section leader with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra.


ghGráinne Holland, is a singer / songwriter from Belfast with unique vocal strength and beauty. Dedicated to forging new territory for Gaelic song, Gráinne’s innovative approach breathes new life into the verses of old. Gráinne’s passion for the creation of new contemporary ambiences for traditional Gaelic song has conceived two stunning albums to date; ‘Teanga na nGael’ (2011) & ‘Gaelré’ (2015). Gráinne’s love of Irish music and song began at an early age.  A product of the Gaelic language revival in the North of Ireland, she was raised in both Gaelic and English and attended the first Gaelic-medium school in Belfast.  It was here that her love of traditional song was fostered.

Gráinne released her debut album ‘Teanga na nGael’ in 2011 to great critical acclaim.  Produced by renowned musician Dónal O’Connor (At First Light), the ground breaking album has launched a career which has seen Gráinne perform at many major festivals and venues at home and abroad such as Celtic Connections in Glasgow, The Milwaukee Irish Festival USA, The Irish Festival of Oulu in Finland, The Gaelic Voices Festival in London, The Copenhagen Irish Festival, The Irish Folk Festival Tour in Germany, The Irish Heartbeat Tour in Germany, and many, many more. Gráinne is also a songwriter and recently performed her own songs on stage for the first time at The New York Irish Arts Centre as part of their renowned ‘Songlives’ series.

‘Gaelré’ (2015) further affirms Gráinne’s commitment to the Gaelic song tradition. The album was conceived and driven by a passion to follow the highest standards in contemporary production and arrangement, allowing for the introduction of innovative techniques while maintaining the original traditional beauty.  Published by Gael Linn, ‘Gaelré’ was released September 2015 and features instrumental performances by John McSherry, Dónal O’Connor, Neil Martin, Sean Óg Graham, Brendan Mulholland, Eamon Murray Michael Mc Cague & Micky Mc Cluskey.


seosamhoneachtainSean-nos dancer Seosamh Ó Neachtain hails from An Spidéal in Co. Galway and has had a keen interest in sean-nos dancing from a young age. Although he never received any formal training, he has received both national and international acclaim as a dancer. He has performed with some of the most influential acts in traditional Irish dance music: Altan, De Danann and Mairtin O’Connor. In addition he has recorded with some solo musicians who would be regarded as being at the utmost degree of their professions, including Harry Bradley, Jesse Smith, Johnny Connolly, The Tap Room Trio and Róisín Elsafty.

In 2000, he was awarded a bursary from the Irish Arts Council to study aspects of tap dance in New York City. In 2004 he completed his studies at Galway University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 2005 he was involved in the production of “Cross Currents – Turned on Tap” at the Southbank Centre in London. This was a performance that explored the relation between Irish traditional dance and American tap dance. In 2006 the International Dance Festival of Ireland commissioned Seosamh to do a weeklong residency with French Guinian dancer Tomango. There were three performances at the end of the week called “Stepping Out”. Seosamh returned to New York City in 2007 to document the influence that Irish dance had on the evolution of American tap dance, and this was aired on TG4 television as part of the Ceolchúirt Series and it has been nominated for the Celtic Film Festival 2009.

In 2007 he was commissioned by Éigse Carlow to produce a work with Indian Katack Dancer Sonia Sabri, titled “Rhythm and Beats”. He is also one of the founding members of the traditional dance show Barr go Sáil/Heel to Toe which has performed at festivals such as Tonder Festival, Denmark, Celtic Connections, Glasgow and the International Dance Festival of Ireland. He is currently Dancer in Residence at NUI Galway. In October 2009, he performed at the Cape Breton Celtic Colours Festival.


martin-1Martin comes from a family of musicians and raconteurs of traditional stories from the town land of Carricknagavna just outside the village of Mullaghabane in South Armagh. At an early age Martin was exposed to traditional Irish music through the singing of his mother Mary and also grandfather John Ned Quinn. Martin took up the accordion in 1981 and since has become regarded as one of its finest exponent’s. He also composes music in the traditional idiom.

Martin began his professional career as a musician in 1994, to date  he has toured with various bands including Lá Lugh and  Dorsa, performing and teaching workshops  at major  festivals in France, Norway, Finland, Italy,Switzerland, Britain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Romania, Spain, Japan and the USA. He has featured on TV and radio nationally and internationally and has contributed to Paul Bradley’s fine solo album “The Atlantic Roar” and has guested on Composer Josephine Keegan‘s double CD ‘Lifeswork’ contributing 2 tracks and also 2 tracks to Dundalk fiddler Gerry O’Connor’s   CD ‘Journey Man’ In 2003, Martin along with Angelina Carberry released their self titled CD. The CD received critical acclaim across the Traditional music world, being included in the top 10 list of Traditional recordings of that year compiled by renowned Music columnist Earle Hitchner of the Irish Echo, one of America’s leading Irish newspapers.

In 2005 Martin contributed 2 tracks to Angelina’s solo album an Traidisiún Beo as well as producing the project. In 2006 Martin was invited alongside Fiddler Gerry O’Connor and the redoubtable Cathal Mc Connell to take part in the Music Network tour of Ireland featuring the Music and Song of South Ulster. Following on from that tour Martin recorded the CD ‘Jig Away the Donkey’ with Gerry O’Connor on fiddle and Fermanagh Singer and Concertina player Gabriel McArdle featuring the music and song of south Ulster. The CD was launched at the Larkin Hedge School in Dublin by President elect Michael D.Higgins. Martin currently performs with the Band Oirialla alongside Gerry O’Connor on Fiddle, Nuala Kennedy Flute and songs and Breton Guitarist Gilles Le Bigot. Oirialla  launched their first CD in 2012 at the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton Island. When not busy performing, Martin is in keen demand as an accordion restorer and tuner/repairer and also as an accordion tutor. He now lives in Co.Carlow


smShane Mulchrone is from near Ballina, Co. Mayo and has been playing the banjo for over 20 years. His early tutors included John Carty and Tommy Finn, and his music is additionally influenced by the local musicians of Mayo and Sligo. He has taught at numerous summer schools and workshops around the country and abroad, including the Joe Mooney Summer School, Scoil Acla and Scoil Éigse at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. He has featured on television and radio and performed internationally in Europe, America, and most recently Cuba. Shane plays regularly at sessions and festivals around the country.


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Sunday 16th October



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