Robbie was born in Waterford, Ireland and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where he began to play guitar and sing at age thirteen and soon became a regular performer at weekly folk concerts. A nephew of the Clancy Brothers, he began touring with his uncles in 1977 and recorded 3 albums with them. In 1979 he moved to Franklin, Massachusetts.
A contemporary band with deep roots in Newfoundland's cultural heritage, Tickle Harbour is representative of the folk music revival in Newfoundland and Labrador. Indeed, like Figgy Duff before them, Tickle Harbour's songs resonate with the musical heritage of the first European settlers from Ireland and England. In existence since 1980, Tickle Harbour has released three albums, The Hare's Ears, Brule Boys In Paris and Battery Included.
Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle-player and teacher, both at home in Ireland and abroad. He has performed extensively at concerts and festivals, on radio and television, and has presented lectures, master-classes and workshops on various aspects of Irish music. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. Author of The Irish Fiddle Book, first published in 1988 and now in its fourth edition, he has also contributed to other books on Irish traditional music.
Since the mid 1970s, Jackie Daly has been a highly influential figure in Irish traditional music, widely credited with having rehabilitated the image of the accordion and establishing it as an acceptable instrument for inclusion in the line-up of concert groups. Born and raised in the area known as Sliabh Luachra, Jackie Daly is one of the foremost living exponents of the distinctive music of that region.
Ciaran demonstrates at twenty-nine years of age a command of the traditional idiom and of the Donegal style of fiddle playing in particular which few achieve even with a lifetime of practice of the art. O'Maonaigh handles with ease the most demanding techniques, high cuts, droning, intricate bow work, which contribute to giving Donegal fiddle music its characteristic sound, achieving a sound which is polished and yet appropriately earthy and energetic.
Three times winner of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America to Asia. Caitlín is an accomplished dancer and in 2009, she joined Riverdance, touring in Australia, South Africa, China, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and all around Europe for 2 years.
Graham is one of Newfoundland’s finest accordion players. He is a young man but has been a revered musician in the province and abroad for many years. A fixture at many of the traditional sessions here in St. John’s, many accordion players take their cues from his playing. He is an absolute purist when it comes to the instrument and an equally ardent perfectionist. The result of his approach is astounding, fine-tuned note perfect playing. His fervour for the traditional music of Newfoundland and Ireland drips off of every note he plays!
Pádraig was born and raised in Inverin, situated in the Connemara Gaeltacht, on the west coast of Ireland. 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. In the past year, he has learnt from some of the great guitarists in the tradition including Steve Cooney, John Blake, Jim Murray and John Doyle while completing the MA in Irish Music Performance in the University of Limerick. As well as playing music, Pádraig has an interest in the recording process and is a qualified sound-engineer.
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