Artists ProfileEdel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. She began playing at the age of 7 and was fortunate to be brought up in an area and environment where traditional music was in abundance. Edel learnt much of her music from expert concertina players such Noel Hill, Dymphna O’Sullivan, and Tim Collins.
In 2004, Edel was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year) and since then she has travelled extensively as both a teacher and performer of the tradition appearing at some of the biggest national and international music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Her popular 2010 solo recording “Chords and Beryls” has gone on to receive critical acclaim. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes on RTE, TG4, BBC and has also presented the popular TG4 music programme Geantraí (2010) and her self-produced and directed music programme Croch Suas É (2013). In 2013, she released the recording “The Sunny Banks” with Waterford fiddler Neill Byrne. This CD went on to receive the Tradconnect Album of the Year.
Edel has a B.A. in Irish Music and Dance as well as a M.A. in Music Therapy. In 2013 Edel graduated with a Higher Diploma in Léiriú Téilifise (Television Production) from Waterford I.T. She is currently based in Waterford where she works as a freelance TV producer and researcher and is also in high demand as a music teacher.
Saileog Ní Cheannabháin is a musician, singer and composer. A native Irish speaker, her sean-nós singing style is mainly influenced by singers from Iorras Aithneach in the Connemara Gaeltacht - her earliest influence being her father, Peadar. She plays traditional music on fiddle, piano and viola, and also studied classical piano for twelve years at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, mainly with Shirin Tobin, and continued lessons at UCC with Andrew Zolinsky and Tra Nguyen. Some of the fiddle players who mainly influenced her playing are Máirtín Byrnes, Paddy Canny, Conor Tully and Paddy Cronin. Saileog has been playing traditional music on the viola since 2010, and enjoys the contrasts and challenges that it brings.
Having graduated with a BMus (2009), University College Cork awarded her the Seán Ó Riada Prize, for a study of the Songs and Singers of Iorras Aithneach. She has performed at various festivals and venues in Ireland and abroad, including Féile Joe Éinniú, Scoil Geimhreadh Merriman, Féile Chois Cuain, Cooley-Collins Festival, Féile an Fhómhair, Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin, Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh, Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Clare Festival of Singing, Inishowen Singing Festival, Louth Contemporary Music Festival, University of Cambridge, Toledo (Spain), and in Scotland for Cuairt na bhFilí. In 2012, Saileog released an album of sean nós songs that were collected by Seamus Ennis in the 1940s in Iorras Aithneach, Connemara. Saileog also did research work for the project Amhráin Ó Iorrus, a recording of songs from Erris, North Mayo, which were collected at the beginning of the last century. She has recorded a track with Ensemble Ériu on their debut album, and also features on the Tunes in the Church compilation album.
Saileog has recently released Roithleán, a new album of Irish traditional music and sean nós songs, under the Raelach Records label, which includes some of her own tune compositions. It is mostly a solo album, with some tracks featuring guest musicians also.
Artists ProfileJack Talty is a traditional musician, composer, producer, and educator from Lissycasey in Co. Clare. As a performer Jack has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Australia, 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 announced as winners of 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 Clare Memory Orchestra.
Áine Bird is a fiddle player from near Tara in Co. Meath. She got her interest in music from her father and learnt fiddle with Antoin Mc Gabhann from around the age of 10. Through the years Áine was part of groups and bands put together by the flute player Catherine McEvoy, who also thought locally. She has traveled and competed playing music and is now living in Galway. When not playing the fiddle, Áine works for a heritage conservation charity in the Burren, focusing on heritage education in the local community.
Áine and Jack first started playing together in the band Crinniú in 2005. They have been playing together as a duet since then.
Artists ProfileConor is twenty one years of age and comes from the parish of Clarinbridge in South Co. Galway. He is currently completing a B.A in History and English in the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Coming from South Galway, Conor is influenced by the rich Irish Music tradition of that area particularly that of the Button Accordion which was popularised by the late Joe Cooley of Peterswell. Other big influences include Charlie Harris, Tony MacMahon and Andrew McNamara and the music of East Galway and Clare. He also holds great interest in music of the 1920s and 30s namely melodion player P.J Conlon and fiddle virtuoso James Morrison.
He attends many of the Traditional Music festivals around the country including, Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy, Feakle International Music Festival, Cooley-Collins Traditional Music weekend and Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh.
Artists ProfileMainly a player of traditional style flute and tin whistle, Desi Wilkinson is an internationally acclaimed artist. He is also a singer and plays highland bagpipes, and fiddle as second instruments. His musical tastes are eclectic and he takes an active interest in all forms of music. He is deeply involved in the world of professional music, working and recording with many major figures both within Irish music and on the International music scene. A founder member of the acclaimed group Cran www.cranmusic.com
Desi released his second solo album 'Shady Woods’ in 2000. Currently a lecturer in music at ICMUS Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.