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Karen Tweed: Piano Accordion
Karen Tweed: Piano Accordion
Karen Tweed started to play the piano accordion at the age of 11 under the guidance of Joe Coll, who came to Wellingborough, Northamptonshire to teach the accordion and also recruit players for his accordion band which was based in Corby. She went on to study with Lawry Eady, Warren Eagle and finally with button accordionist John Whelan who was her biggest inspiration and fired her passion for Irish traditional music.
Derek Hickey: Button Accordion
Derek Hickey: Button Accordion
Derek has played with Arcady, Frances Black, Brendan Larrisey, Patsy Broderick and many other household names including Sharon Shannon, Cathal Hayden and Gerry O’Connor.  In 1995 Derek joined the legendary De Dannan
Niall Vallely: Concertina
Niall Vallely: Concertina
Niall Vallely was born in Armagh and began learning the concertina at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely. Over the years he has developed a unique approach to playing the instrument. In 1990 Niall formed NOMOS who went on to become internationally recognised as one of the most important Irish bands of recent times.
John Doyle: Guitar
John Doyle: Guitar
John Doyle (b. 1971 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish musician and songwriter. For four years he served as acoustic guitarist with the Irish-American band Solas. He is now an active solo artist. He has written many traditional-style songs and has collaborated with the likes of Kate Rusby, Susan McKeown, Karan Casey and Heidi Talbot.
Frank Torpey: Bodhrán
Frank Torpey: Bodhrán
Frank studied at University College Cork and chose the bodhrán as his first instrument. In 1991 Frank was a founding member of the highly successful traditional music group Nomos. He has played with Riverdance, Luka Bloom and hasrecorded with Alan Stivell, Mel Mercier, Donal Lunny and Michéal Ó Súilleabháin.
Gerry O’Connor: Tenor Banjo
Gerry O’Connor: Tenor Banjo
Gerry O'Connor may be the single best four string banjoist in the history of Irish Music. It seems a tall statement to make but his phenomenal technique fully justified it. O'Connor tossed off runs and ornaments with effortless virtuosity and his jazz-like penchant for experimentation and risk taking will remind listeners of American five string banjo players like Bela Fleck and Alison Brown.
Seán Potts: Uilleann Pipes
Seán Potts: Uilleann Pipes
The Potts name has long been synonymous with traditional music in Dublin and Seán continues an important tradition of piping in the family which dates back to his great grandfather John Potts. Seáns father, was a founder member of The Chieftains and is the current chairman of Na Piobairi Uilleann in Dublin.
Gerry McKee: Bouzouki
Gerry McKee: Bouzouki
In 1990 Gerry formed the band Nomos. Joined by John Spillane in 1994 they released their first CD "I Won't Be Afraid Anymore" to high acclaim. Their second CD "Set You Free" was released in 1997. Nomos have toured extensively throughout America, Europe, and Australia before disbanding in 2001 after ten years on the road.
Éamonn de Barra: Whistle Tunes
Éamonn de Barra: Whistle Tunes
Éamonn de Barra was born in Dublin, where his family has a long tradition of music par excellence. Éamonn won the Young Traditional Musician of The Year Award in 2000 and is a member of the critically acclaimed traditional band Slide who have received a number of awards for their work. He has toured Europe, North America, Australia and Japan extensively.
Brian Finnegan: Tin Whistle<hr>
Brian Finnegan: Tin Whistle
Brian Finnegan from Armagh, in the North of Ireland, is widely regarded as one of the true pioneers in Irish music. Front man with the legendary Flook for over 13 years, this maverick flute and tin whistle player has toured the world and recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums, Flatfish, Rubai and Haven, with the band. Flook were crowned BBC Band Of The Year 2006.
Cathal Hayden: Fiddle
Cathal Hayden: Fiddle
Cathal Sean Hayden is an Irish fiddle and banjo player of note. He was born into a deep musical background. His father played the banjo and fiddle, and his mother was a pianist, while both grandfathers were fiddle players. Hayden has been All-Ireland Champion on both banjo and fiddle. He is a member of the group Four Men and a Dog and won the Folk Roots best new album award in 1991.