Tutors / Classes

Saturday – 6th October


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

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



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.


Three time All-Ireland champion on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer and has toured the world with Riverdance as a troupe dancer. Writing tunes since the age of ten, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin and recorded by renowned musicians in Ireland and abroad. She teaches concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe and USA and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, for Presidents and Royalty around the world, most recently at ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall, London as a guest of President Michael D. Higgins. Her debut solo CD release, Caitlín was voted the 2012 ‘CD of the Year’ award by tradconnect.com as well as being labelled the ‘top Irish traditional album of 2012′ by The Wall Street Journal.

Raised in a house full of music in Co.Meath, Caitlín learned most of her music from her father Antóin Mac Gabhann, a noted fiddler and fiddle teacher and his playing has greatly influenced her style and rhythm. Another great influence was Caitlín’s concertina teacher, Meábh Ní Lochlainn. When it comes to dancing, Caitlín’smother Bernie is immersed in the Clare set-dancing culture and she passed a love of this on to her children – Caitlín being her dance partner at ceilís from a young age. Bernie and her brother John Murphy have influenced Caitlín’s dancing greatly, as have Willie Keane, Aidan Vaughan and Tommy Browne.

A first class honours graduate of both University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin, Caitlín is currently concentrating on musical collaborations with the award-winning fiddle player and documentary maker, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. She is also involved as musician and dancer with bands NicGaviskey, Birkin Tree, The Irish Concertina Ensemble and original theatre production Mag Mell– www.magmellshow.com.


Róisín White comes from the Mourne Mountains area in south County Down, where she grew up in a musical family, always encouraged along the paths of music, Irish language and culture. She spent her working years as teacher of Irish in Armagh. Now retired Róisín is still involved in the pursuit of songs, and has been a guest singer at many festivals in Ireland and further afield.







Tim Mc Hugh – Flute

Tim McHugh is a flute player from Newport in Co. Mayo. Traditional Irish music, song and dance have been part of his family on both sides for generations. While growing up in Mayo, Tim learned traditional Irish music informally from his family and local musicians such as the well-known accordion player Seamus Heneghan. He was also lucky enough to pick up flute playing tips from a few flute blow-ins to the area including Gary Hastings and Brian Lennon.

Although flavoured by styles from different parts of the country, the main influence on Tim’s style of music is the flute, fiddle and melodeon music of the Mayo area. Through what he has learnt from older generations of musician in this area, he tries to share music that represents what is becoming a more unique rhythm and rare interpretation of traditional Irish music.

He has performed and taught throughout Ireland, Europe, USA and even managed a trip to Africa! In 2012 he was awarded the Bonn Óir Sheáin Uí Riada for flute playing by Raidió na Gaeltachta as part of its Cuireadh Chun Ceoil series. He has featured on national television and radio as a solo musician and as part of a duet with his fiddle playing sister Marie. In 2013 Tim and Marie played on a live recording released as part of the award winning Tunes in the Church series in Galway, Ireland.


Johnny Óg Connolly – Button Accordion

Johnny Óg Connolly is an internationally renowned traditional Irish musician and composer, who began playing the accordion at the age of nine. He learned from his father and from Micheál Ó Coistealbha, and began to win national awards by age eleven. At the age of fourteen he joined Na h-Ancairí, fronted by the legendary Conamara singer, John Beag Ó Flatharta. He spent eight years in the band playing in pubs and clubs around Conamara, and touring in England and America. In 1990 he made the first traditional album released by Cló Iar-Chonnacht entitled The Bees’ Wing.

In 1994 Johnny joined the Sean Keane Band and travelled widely with Seán in Europe and North America. In 1998 he recorded Dreaming up the Tunes, an accordion/banjo duet album with Brian McGrath. The recording received much critical acclaim. In the same year Johnny joined Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and toured extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Far East. In 2003 he settled permanently in Conamara, and recorded a second duet album with Charlie Lennon, Dusk Till Dawn, in 2005.

Some of Johnny’s own compositions have been recorded by his father, the acclaimed melodeon player Johnny Connolly, and also by harp/flute duo, Michael Rooney and June McCormack, among others. His last solo recording Aisling Yoshua (Joshua’s Dream) featured five new compositions of his own, ranging from waltzes to polkas, along with traditional tunes he has enjoyed playing over the years. Aisling Yoshua was released in April 2011 and won Best Trad Album in the 2011 Irish Times Ticket Awards.

Alongside fellow musician & composer Mary Bergin, Johnny was awarded the Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Commission Award in 2012 (through An Gaelacadamh). Together, they composed a 40-minute suite, Sruth, which was premiered at Éigse an Spidéil in March 2013 and received a rapturous response from the audience. He has composed a great deal of music in the past two years, varying from traditional jigs, reels and hop jigs to laments and tunes in the Irish baroque style. Some of this music was premiered at Éigse an Spidéil 2015 as part of a collaborative work with two sean-nós dancers.

Johnny has recently released an album of his own newly-composed music, Siar. The tunes on the album are a mixture of various dance forms, including reels, hop jigs, flings, waltzes and marches. Each tune was composed for a friend or fellow-musician, which makes it a very personal album.

At the moment, Johnny is working on a 2016 celebration show involving twelve artists, musicians, singers, dancers and actors from the Gaeltacht regions. He has composed several pieces for the show. It will tour all along the west coast of Ireland in November and December 2016.

Other projects include composing musical settings for the poetry of Máirtín Ó Direáin for a projected song cycle to be performed by Liam Ó Maonlaí in the spring of 2017.


Cliodhna Costello – Banjo

Cliodhna Costello hails from North Tipperary, an area well-known for its traditional music. She was exposed to music at an early age, both at home among her siblings and throughout North Tipperary where her parents brought her to sessions with the likes of Paddy O’Brien and his daughter Eileen, the Larkins, O’Connors and Slatterys to name but a few. She started learning the piano and tin whistle at the age of 6, and progressed onto the banjo shortly after. She learned much from the few banjo players she came across and listened to early on, players such as John Morrow, Jody Moran, John Carty, Brian McGrath, but was also heavily influenced by older fiddle and accordion music of Sligo and East Galway. She currently lives in Galway, playing and teaching regularly in the area.

Paul Bradley – Fiddle

Gaining his diploma in violin-making and repair at Newark School of Violin Making (UK), fiddle-player, fiddle-maker and poet, Paul Bradley (from Bessbrook, Co. Armagh), is based in Wicklow since 2013. He also deals in violins old and new, stocking a large range of old instruments as well as new ones of his own making. A self-taught fiddler, northern fiddling informs his playing style. Brief tuition from Josephine Keegan and education from ‘ the hedgerows of life’ have helped shape his playing too. His 1998 album Atlantic Roar (Tuaim na Fairraige), gained a five-star review in the Irish Times. He gives fiddle masterclasses at University of Limerick, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy etc.

A poet, he has performed from his own works at Celtic Connections 2008, the Open House festival Belfast 2006, The Marketplace Theatre Armagh, and has read at well known poetry venues such as No Alibis, Belfast. His poem ‘Untitled Air’ and was published recently in the review ‘Fortnight’.

Oisín Morrison – Harp

Oisín Morrison is a regular performer in Ireland and abroad on both harp and flute. He has won numerous awards on both instruments, including the Senior All Ireland Harp Championship and Senior Oireachtas Harp Champion and winner of the Bonn Óir Sheáin Uí Riada for Harp.
His musical influences mostly include the musicians of North Connaught, including Kevin Henry, John McKenna, Tom Morris, John Griffin and Patrick Doran.
He received an Ad Astra performing Arts scholarship from UCD, which provided him with the opportunity to perform alongside musicians such as Zoe Conway, John McIntyre, Mikie Smith and Tristan Rosenstock.
Oisín has been performing and teaching music for a number of years at festivals such as ‘An Chúirt Chruitearachta’ festival in Termonfeckin, the ‘O’Carolan Harp, Cultural & Heritage Festival,’ ‘Oideas Gaeil Culture Week,’ ‘The Willie Clancy Summer School’ , Cruinniú na bhFliút and Lorient Inter Celtic Festival. Oisín is also part of the Natinoal Folk Orchestra of Ireland, under the direction of Michael Rooney
He has toured in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States as well as having performed in venues such as the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the Barbican, London. Oisin also appeared on TG4’s Irish Traditional music series, HUP!




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