Individuals

Welcome to the individuals section. Please feel free to browse through our list of individuals. The list is arranged alphabetically.

Breand·n Begley - Accordion and melodeon, singer, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry. Brother of SÈamus, Breand·n has recorded and toured widely with Beginish and latterly with The Boys of the Lough. He has broadcast very frequently on television in Ireland, fronting GeantraÌ, a long-running traditional music programme on TG4. Has also a number of solo recordings.

SÈamus Begley - Accordion, singer, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry. From a large musical family, the Begley home was a very well known music house and sessions and parties were frequent. SÈamus formed a musical partnership with Australian guitarist Steve Cooney that proved hugely popular throughout much of the 1990s.

Derek Bell - (1935 ñ 2002) Harper, composer, pianist, multi-instrumentalist. Belfast-born, he excelled at music from an early age, writing his first piano concerto at the age of twelve. Also played oboe and dulcimer. Resigned as a member of the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra to become a full-time harper with The Chieftains in 1974.

Mary Bergin - (1949 ñ ) Whistle player, Dublin. Influential player who performed at a stage with De Dannan and now with Dord·n, her trademark is her clean, clear style.

Tara Bingham - Flute. Daughter of Belfast flute-player Leslie Bingham and married to fiddle-player Dermy Diamond, Tara has a soft, rolling style of playing.

Paul Brady - Singer and guitar player, Strabane, Co.Tyrone. Began playing with The Pattersons in the late 60s moving first to London and then New York, returning in 1974 to join Planxty. His versions of traditional songs like Arthur McBride and The Lakes of Pochertrain significantly boosted his solo career in the mid 70s before he branched out into more popular songwriting.

Cormac Breatnach - Highly individual whistle player who has worked with Donal Lunny, Deiseal, and latterly with guitarist Martin Dunlea. Composes much of his performing repertoire.

Edward Bunting - (1773 ñ 1843) Collector, Armagh. His 1796-published collection of the music played at the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792 has proved pivotal. Further collections appeared in 1809 and 1840.

Joe Burke - (1939 ñ ) Accordion, Co. Galway. Highly-regarded box player, lived in America at different times. Influenced by, among others, fiddler Michael Coleman.

Eddie Butcher - (1900 ñ 1980) Singer, Magilligan, Co. Derry. From a singing family, he had a broad repertoire of over 100 songs. Among those he influenced are Andy Irvine, Len Graham and the late Frank Harte.

Dermot Byrne - Box, native of Donegal who has been strongly influenced by the south Donegal fiddle playing style of the Dohertys, Cassidys and Byrnes. Joined Altan full time in 1994, and has made a solo recording.

Giraldus Cambrenis - (c1140 ñ c1220) Educated in Paris, Cambrensis was a widely-travelled Welsh scholar and critic. Commented on the expertise of the Irish harpers and on the advanced nature of music in Ireland.

Turlough Carolan - (1670 ñ 1738) Composer, harper. Born in Nobber, Co Meath, Carolan was blinded by smallpox in his youth. Spent his life playing and composing for various benefactors in Ireland. His style displays baroque influences and his legacy of tunes has provided an invaluable link with the 17th and 18th centuries and beyond.

Willie Clancy - (1918 ñ 1973) Piper, Miltown Malby, Co. Clare. From musical parents, Willie learned much from both his parents, his father, Gilbert, having in turn learned much from the legendary blind piper Garret Barry. 'Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy', or 'The Willie Week', as it is commonly known, is one of the most prestigious events in the traditional calendar.

Julia Clifford - (1914 ñ 1997) Fiddle, Lisheen, Co. Kerry. A sister of Denis Murphy, Julia spent most of her life in England, but stayed in regular contact with Sliabh Luachra and did much to promote and encourage women in playing traditional music. Recorded with The Star of Munster Trio.

Michael Coleman - (1891 ñ 1946) Fiddler, born in Sligo, moved to New York and made many 78rpm records that were to become very influential back at home in Ireland. His phrasing, bowing, articulation and dynamics have become a high benchmark by which much is still judged today.

Joe Cooley - (1924 ñ 1973) Accordion, Co. Galway. Both his parents were melodeon players and their home was always filled with music and dance. He emigrated to America in 1954, living, playing and teaching in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. His deceptively simple style earned him legions of followers and devotees both at home and abroad.

Steve Cooney - Guitar, Australia. Cooneyís innovative approach to accompanying traditional music has had a huge effect on the development of rhythmic support to dance tunes. In partnership with SÈamus Begley they were much sought after for concerts and dances in the late 80s and 90s.

Count John McCormack - (1884 ñ 1945) Was a world-famous Irish tenor in the fields of opera and popular music, and renowned for his flawless diction and superb breath control.

Bess (Elizabeth) Cronin - (1876 ñ 1955) Singer, C˙il Aodha. Born into a family noted for poetry and song, Bess had a great number of songs in both English and Irish that were collected in the 1940s and 50s by Jean Ritchie, Alan Lomax and Seamus Ennis among others. Many of the older songs may have been lost without her.

Jackie Daly - (1945 ñ ) Accordion, Co. Cork. Collaborated with De Dannan, Patrick Street and Buttons and Bows, to name a few. His 1977 album with Seamus Creagh was an important landmark at that time.

Shaun Davey - (1948 ñ ) Composer. In many of his compositions Davey has sought to marry orchestral resources with elements of traditional and popular music e.g. a rhythm section, a pipe band, traditional singers etc. He has very often collaborated with uilleann piper Liam OíFlynn. His major works include The Brendan Voyage, The Pilgrim, Granuaile and The Relief of Derry. He has also composed extensively for television, theatre and film.

John Doherty - (d 1980) Fiddle player, Co. Donegal. From a long line of fiddle-players, his family were travelling tinsmiths. Highly revered, John greatly admired the Scottish fiddle player James Scott Skinner, and had a unique and compelling style.

Gordon Duncan - Bagpipes, born Perthshire, Scotland. A highly-regarded piper who pays great homage to both ceol beag (dance music) and ceol mor (piobaireachd), he has also composed much material. A frequent contributor to major international competitions and events.

SÈamus Ennis - (1919 ñ 1982) Piper, collector, broadcaster. Born in Dublin, Ennis learned music and piping from his father, James. A piper of extraordinary ability, he was also very proficient in the Irish language and was able to linguistically adapt to the various regions where he collected. Worked at various times for the Folklore Commission, RT… and BBC. A highly important figure of the 20th century, he recorded many albums.

Enya - Enya is a member of the Donegal Brennan family. In the mid 1980s she got together with Nicky Ryan and his wife Roma, and between the three of them they came up with the winning formula of Enyaís soft, wistful Irish voice, multi-layered keyboard sounds and clever pop arrangements and lyrics. The albums have sold multi-million copies and have earned Enya many awards.

SÈamus Fay - A native of Cavan, he is a leading exponent of lilting.

Frankie Gavin - (1956 ñ ) fiddle player, Galway. Formed De Dannan in 1974 and has collaborated with jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and Rolling Stone Keith Richards, among others.

Paddy Glackin - (1954 ñ ) Fiddle player, Dublin. Strongly family and musical ties to Donegal, through his father Tom. Paddy played with The Bothy Band in 1975, worked in the Arts Council in Dublin and is now a producer with RTE Radio. Duets with piper Robbie Hannan.

Len Graham - (1944 ñ ) Singer and collector, Co. Antrim. Close to singers Joe Holmes, Eddie Butcher, Geordie Hanna and Sarah Anne OíNeill, Len has a wealth of songs that have inspired various groups and singers, from The Chieftains to The Voice Squad. Performed and recorded with Skylark, and with John Campbell.

David Hammond - (1928 ñ ) Singer and film maker. Born of Antrim and Derry parents, song has been a constant theme in Hammondís life. He befriended Hugh Quinn and Sean OíBoyle and collected many songs, specialising in childrenís songs. Made many music and song-related television and radio programmes when employed by the BBC, and as an independent producer with Flying Fox Films. Recorded and produced several albums.

Geordie Hanna - (1915 ñ 87) Singer, Co.Tyrone. Highly-individual singer who inherited much through his father, a fiddle player and singer. Recorded for Topic Records in 1978, as did his sister, Sarah Anne OíNeill.

Robbie Hannan - (1961 ñ ) Piper, Holywood, Co. Down. Favouring flat pipes, Hannan was greatly influenced by SÈamus Ennis. A frequent radio broadcaster, he is curator of traditional music at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Co. Down.

Frank Harte - (1933 ñ ) Singer and song collector, Dublin. Has amassed a very considerable body of song of very many types and has recorded several albums. A leading authority on song in Ireland.

Gary Hastings - Belfast-born flute player.

Cathal Hayden - Native of Pomeroy, Co Tyrone, Hayden is equally at home on both banjo and fiddle. A player of great virtuosity, he is a founder member of Four Men and a Dog.

Martin Hayes - (1962 ñ ) Fiddle player, Co. Clare. Has long-established family connections with the Tulla CÈilÌ Band. Since the early 90s he has been performing with American guitarist Dennis Cahill. Sparse. moody and effective arrangements.

Joe Heaney - (1919 ñ 1984) Singer, Carna, Co. Galway. Born into a strong Irish-speaking part of Connemara, he was encouraged by his school teacher to sing songs in Irish. He won first prize in the Oireachtas 1942. After years labouring in Scotland and England, Joe eventually headed for New York in 1966. Often recorded, thereís an annual singing festival held in his honour.

Sam Henry - (1878 ñ 1952) Song collector, worked as a pension assessor in and around Coleraine and this contact with older people fired his interest in local song. His Songs of the People collection, published in the Northern Constitution newspaper is regarded as a highly-significant collection.

Noel Hill - (1958 ñ ) Concertina, Co. Clare. From several generations of concertina players, Hill began playing at nine years of age and soon devoured his local repertoire. A successful duet with Tony Linnane in the late 70s produced an important album, and he has since has performed all over the world.

Joe Holmes - (1906 ñ 1978) Singer, fiddle player, born near Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Gathered up a substantial store of local songs and tunes and developed a lasting partnership with singer Len Graham. His songs have been championed by many prominent performers.

Andy Irvine - (1942 ñ ) Singer/songwriter, bouzouki, guitar. London-born, travelled to Eastern Europe in the late 1960s, returning to form Planxty, introducing the bouzouki to traditional music. Successful partnership with Paul Brady mid 1970s. Tours with Patrick Street and enjoys a very successful solo career.

Eileen Ivers - Fiddle. Born in the Bronx, New York, of Irish parents, her fiery style has gained her popular acclaim worldwide. She has collaborated as soloist with several orchestras, The Chieftains and Riverdance among many others.

James Joyce - (1880 ñ 1941) Writer. Dublin-born, Joyce is globally recognised as one of the most significant writers of the 20th century. He was also a keen amateur tenor and favoured the songs of Thomas Moore.

Patrick Weston Joyce - (1827 ñ 1914) Limerick-born, a major collector of traditional music. His Old Irish Folk Music and Songs is an important work, drawing from many sources.

Sean Keane - (1946 ñ ) Fiddle player, Dublin. A strong Clare and piping influence evident in his playing, Sean worked with Sean ” Riada in CeotoirÌ Chualann and joined The Chieftains in 1968.

Laoise Kelly - Harper, Westport, Co. Mayo. Highly-regarded harper whose frank and uncluttered approach to music has led to her collaboring with many musicians both in Ireland and overseas. Now living in Donegal.

Frankie Kennedy - (1955 ñ 1994) Flute player, Belfast. Founder member, along with MairÈad NÌ Mhaonaigh, of Altan.

John Kennedy - (1928 ñ ) Flute, whistle and fife player, composer, singer, Cullybackey, Co. Antrim. Locally influential teacher, his music is frequently broadcast.

Charlie Lennon - Fiddle, piano, composer. Well-known composer of tunes in the traditional vein, has also composed larger-scale works, including Island Wedding and The Famine Suite.

Donal Lunny - (1947 ñ ) Record producer, arranger, composer, bouzouki, guitar. Kildare born, Lunny has been a major force in music in Ireland since the 1960s, from Sweeneyís Men through Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts and his own band, Coolfin. A key figure in the introduction and development of the bouzouki in Irish music, he has also collaborated with Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush and Mark Knopfler.

Ciar·n Mac Math˙na - (1925 ñ ) Broadcaster, collector, Limerick. Joined RaidiÛ …ireann in 1954 as a script writer and collector and through both his radio and subsequent television broadcasting he has contributed very significantly since to a national awareness of traditional music. He is perhaps best known nowadays for Mo Cheol Th˙, his popular Sunday morning radio programme that has been running since 1970.

Sarah Makem - (1898 ñ 1985) singer, Keady, Co. Armagh. The market town of Keady was populated by a mix of English, Scots and Irish influences and Sarahís repertoire of more than 500 songs reflected this. David Hammond made a short film on her life for the BBC.

Neil Martin - (1962 ñ ) Composer, piper, cellist. Belfast-born, cross-fertilises musics in his use of cello in traditional and uilleann pipes in various orchestral situations. Composed much in this vein for the West Ocean String Quartet and in 2004 composed No Tongue Can Tell, for uilleann pipes, whistle and orchestra.

Tony McAuley - (1939 ñ 2003) television producer and broadcaster, Cookstown, Co.Tyrone. McAuley taught for a while in Belfast before joining the BBC in the 1960s, where he made many significant traditional music television series from the 1970s on. These included As I Roved Out, The Gig in the Round, In Performance and The Corner House. He also presented programmes on both television and radio.

Arty McGlynn - (1945 ñ ) Guitar, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Starting off in showbands in the 60s, he has performed and recorded with more musicians and groups than possibly any other living traditional musician in Ireland. Was also Van Morrisonís guitar player and band leader for several years. His solo album McGlynnís Fancy is seen as a major landmark in traditional music.

Sean McGuire - (1927 ñ 2005) Fiddle player, Belfast. Influenced by Scottish fiddle playing, McGuire had a virtuosic facility on his instrument and frequently played in keys outside those in common use in the Irish tradition. Performed to great acclaim in the 1950s and 60s, when he also made some very fine recordings.

Barney McKenna - (1939 ñ ) Banjo player, Dublin. Started playing mandolin and fiddle at the age of 6, later going on to play the melodeon and then banjo. A highly-regarded player, through his work with world-renowned The Dubliners he influenced a whole generation of musicians.

John McKenna - (1880 ñ 1947) flute player, Co. Leitrim. Emigrated to New York and made several recordings there from 1921-35, many with James Morrison. Very influential in establishing flute as a major traditional instrument.

Dermot McLoughlin - (1961 ñ ) Fiddle, Derry. A well-known authority on traditional music in general and specifically the fiddle playing of Donegal, he worked as traditional music officer for the Dublin Arts Council and has presented television and radio programmes.

Tony McMahon - (1939 ñ ) Accordion, television producer, Co. Clare. Initiated several significant radio and television programmes; an outspoken commentator on traditional music and its developments.

Tony McManus - Guitarist. Scottish musician who, with seeming ease, transfers piping and fiddling ornamentation onto guitar. Has released a number of solo albums and has produced records for others. Now living In Canada, he travels to most corners of the globe to perform.

Chris McNicholl - (1988 ñ ) Drummer, Co. Down. Juvenille World Champion drummer 2004, and winner of all-Ireland and Ulster solo drumming championships. Appears frequently as a guest with the Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band playing congas, and is a member of Bleary and District Pipe Band, Lurgan.

Matt Molloy - (1947 ñ ) Flute player, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. Played with The Bothy Band (and Planxty at a stage), joined The Chieftains in 1979. Hugely influential musician.

Thomas Moore - (1779 ñ 1852) Poet and songwriter, Dublin. Very popular English ësocietyí singer, he possessed a great ability to marry his own words with existing traditional airs, most of which he gleaned from Buntingís collections. His Irish Melodies has been reprinted many, many times over the years.

Christy Moore - (1945 ñ ) Singer/songwriter. Born in Kildare, founder member of Planxty and Moving Hearts, has had a hugely successful international solo career. A socially and politically aware songwriter, often satirical and humorous, his albums have generated vast sales.

James Morrison - (1893 ñ 1947) Fiddle player. Born in Sligo, he emigrated to New York where he made many influential recordings. Highly-regarded teacher.

Denis Murphy - (1910 ñ 1974) Fiddle, Lisheen, Co. Kerry. A pupil of Padraig OíKeefe, he was from a large family all of whom played the fiddle. Spent lengthy periods working in the States, returning home in 1965.

John and William Neale - Father and son, 18th century music publishers. Their 1724 Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes was the first published collection of traditional music.

RÛise Na nAmhr·n - (RÛise Bean Mhic Grianna) (1879 ñ 1964) Singer, Co. Donegal. Although she spent most of her adult life on Arranmore Island, RÛise spent much of her teenage years working in Tyrone and Scotland, and had a wealth of songs in both English and Irish. Whilst working for RaidiÛ …ireann in 1953 Prionsais ” Conluain recorded 50 songs from her.

M·ire NÌ Chathasaigh - (1956 ñ ) Harper, Co Cork. A key link in the development of modern harp-playing, M·ireís technique and mode of expression have influenced a generation.

Maighread NÌ Dhomhnaill - (1955 ñ ) Singer, Co Meath. Born in Kells of a Donegal father and a Sligo mother, many months each year were spent in the Donegal Gaeltacht of Rannafast, imbibing the music and language. A niece of NeilÌ NÌ Dhomhnaill, she sang with Skara Brae and recorded two solo albums, as well as singing with Donal Lunnyís Coolfin and performing world-wide.

NeilÌ NÌ Dhomhnaill - (1907 ñ 1984) Singer, Rannafast Co. Donegal. With an extensive repertoire in both English and Irish, NeilÌís style was understated yet highly expressive. An aunt to Triona, Maighread and Micheal O Domhnaill, her songs influenced Skara Brae, The Bothy Band and Touchstone.

TrÌona NÌ Dhomhnaill - (1953 ñ ) Singer and keyboard player, Co. Meath. Born in Kells of a Donegal father and a Sligo mother, many months each year were spent in the Donegal Gaeltacht of Rannafast, imbibing the music and language. A niece of NeilÌ NÌ Dhomhnaill, she played in The Bothy Band, Skara Brae and Touchstone.

MairÈad NÌ Mhaonaigh - (1959 ñ ) Fiddle player, singer from Gweedore, Donegal. Daughter of fiddle player Francie Mooney, MairÈadís music is rooted in the music and dance of Donegal. Along with Frankie Kennedy formed Altan in 1987.

NÛirÌn NÌ Riain - (1951 ñ ) Limerick born singer specialising in religious and spiritual songs from the Irish tradition and beyond. Many recordings of her music exist, including Vox de Nube, an album she recorded with the monks of Glenstal Abbey.

Eithne NÌ Uallach·in - (1957 ñ 1999) Singer and flute player, Co. Louth. A singer specialising in the music and song of South Armagh, she performed with her husband Gerry OíConnor, (1958 ñ) the Dundalk fiddle player, in L· Lugh.

P·draigÌn NÌ Uallach·in - (1950 ñ ) Singer and collector, Co. Louth. Specialising in the Gaelic songs of Ulster and childrenís songs in both English and Irish, she performs and records with her husband Len Graham.

Gavin Noade - (1983 ñ ) Drummer, Co. Down. He was introduced to drumming by his father who taught at the Northern Ireland Piping and Drumming School, where Gavin himself now teaches. He has six Ulster and six all-Ireland titles to his credit, and in 2001 was the under 18 World Champion. He plays with the Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band.

Se·n ” Baoill - (1908 ñ 1979) Collector. Belfast-born, an Irish language and song enthusiast, his 1944 Cnuasacht de CheoltaÌ Uladh is an important work. He often broadcast on the BBC and was a key adviser to Peter Kennedy and SÈamus Ennis on their work for the BBC series As I Roved Out, 1952-54.

Tom·s ” Canainn - (1930 ñ ) Derry born uilleann piper, singer and composer. Founder member of both the Liverpool Ceili Band and Na FilÌ, he was the Dean of Electrical Engineering at University College, Cork. Recorded several solo albums as well as those with Na FilÌ. Lectured on traditional music in Cork after Se·n ” Riadaís death.

Gerry OíConnor - (1958 ñ ) Fiddle, Ravensdale, Co. Louth. From at least four generations of fiddle players, Gerry learned his music initially from his mother Rose, and was subsequently influenced by Sligo fiddler John Joe Gardiner. He has drawn from family handwritten manuscripts as well as from local collectors like Luke Donnellan. Played with groups Skylark and La Lugh; solo album Journeyman. Very distictive smooth-flowing bow style.

Gerry OíConnor - Born in Tipperary, Gerry is an outstanding banjo player, revered world-wide. Plays with Four Men and a Dog as well as performing much solo work.

M·irtÌn OíConnor - (1955 ñ ) Accordion, Co. Galway. Performed with The Boys of the Lough, Dolores Keane, De Dannan, Gerry OíConnor, Cathal Hayden and Riverdance. Several solo albums.

O' Farrell - Published in 1804, O'Farrell's Collection of National Irish Music for the Union Pipes was the first significant collection of Irish dance music collected and written down by a traditional musician. O'Farrell was an Irish piper who performed on the London stage in the late 18th century.

Liam OíFlynn - (1945 ñ ) Uilleann piper, born in Kildare, founder member of Planxty and a very influential piper. Among his teachers were SÈamus Ennis and Willie Clancy. Has enjoyed a successful solo career and has performed frequently with orchestras, most notably in his collaborations with composer Shaun Davey ñ e.g. The Brendan Voyage, The Pilgrim.

Iarla ” Lionaird - (1964 ñ ) Singer, C˙il Aodha, Co. Cork. Grand nephew of the singer Bess (Elizabeth) Cronin. Performed with Afro-Celt Sound System and continues to develop his music and record albums. Among them the experimental The Seven Steps to Mercy.

Father Lorcan O Muireadh - Early 20th century collector of music and song in Louth and Armagh.

Captain Francis OíNeill - (1848 ñ 1936) Collector, Cork and Chicago. Joined the Chicago Police, becomg its Chief, 1901 - 05. As well as collecting tunes, he also photographed and made some of the earliest recordings of traditional musicians. His 1903 self-financed The Music of Ireland, containing 1850 tunes, is the largest single collection of traditional music ever published.

Sarah Anne OíNeill - (1919 ñ ) Singer, born Derrytresk, Co. Tyrone, sister of Geordie Hanna. From a musical home, she gathered songs from an early age, and her own home was to become a regular session house in the 1960s.

Se·n ” Riada - (1931 ñ 1971) Composer, arranger, musician, academic. Born in Cork, he worked in RT… and at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, as well as composing film scores. Brought together CeoltÛirÌ Chualann (forerunner to The Chieftains) and lectured in traditional music in University College, Cork.

Diarmuid ” S˙illeabh·in - (1948 ñ 1991) Singer, C˙il Aodha, West Cork. Influenced by his father, Diarmuid had an extensive repertoire of local songs. A member of CÛr Ch˙il Aodha under Se·n ” Riada, he died in a car accident and is commemorated in an annual weekend festival held in C˙il Aodha.

MÌche·l ” S˙illeabh·in - (1950 ñ ) Pianist, composer, academic, a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, he has developed an eclectic style of fusing traditional, classical and jazz-influenced elements. Lectured in Cork 1975 - 93, and currently director of the Irish World Music Centre in Limerick.

Richard Parkes - (1960 ñ ) Co. Down. Pipe Major with the Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band, with whom he has been for many seasons. The band is recognised as one of the leading bands in the world, and have won the world championship on several occasions. As a solo piper he too has won many accolades and titles. Plays McDougall pipes, dating from c1890.

George Petrie - (1790 ñ 1866) Collector. Made an important contribution to the collecting of traditional music, and promoted the then very advanced notion of comparative studies of folk musics from around the world.

Leo Rowsome - (1903 ñ 1970) Outstanding in his craft, Leo was a third generation piper and pipe maker. A leading figure in the revival of traditional music in the mid 20th century.

Sharon Shannon - (1968 ñ ) Accordion, Co. Clare. Her music absorbs influences ranging from Cajun to Cape Breton as well as Irish. Has been touring with her own band since the mid 90s.

Davy Spillane - (b 1959) Dublin-born piper and whistle player, founder member of Moving Hearts, Spillane has collaborated with numerous cross-over musicians. Was a soloist in Riverdance. Composed much atmospheric music for film and television.

Seamus Tansey - (1943 ñ ) Flute player, Co. Sligo. Born in an area known for its flute and whistle players, Gurteen, Tansey has a strong and confident style of playing.

Taylor Brothers - Two brothers, Billy and Charles, Drogheda-born, who emigrated to New York in 1872, eventually settling in Philadelphia.

Patsy Touhey - (1865 ñ 1923) Piper, County Galway and New York. A third generation piper, Touheyís main income was from the vaudeville stage, where he not only played pipes but also did comic routines and sketches as well as playing for his wife to dance. He must have had good business acumen ñ in the early 20th century he had a mail order service for his phonograph cylinders, $1 a piece, 12 for $10.

Ciar·n Tourish - Fiddle, Buncrana, east Donegal. A member of Altan, he was taught initially by Dinny McLaughlin. His broad musicality has allowed him to stray outside of traditional circles and collaborate with many American country performers. Also has released a solo CD.

Robert Watt - (1978 ñ ) Bagpipes. Born in Maghera, Co. Derry and introduced to bagpiping through the Tamlaght OíCrilly Pipe Band, he has won many prestigious competitions and has performed extensively both at home and abroad, including festivals in Lorient and North America. Recorded two albums along with Emma Culbert.

Desi Wilkinson - (1954 ñ ) Flute player, singer, Belfast. Strong Fermanagh, Leitrim and Cavan links to his playing, performs with Cran. PhD on the traditional music of Brittany.