Fiachna Ó Mongáin and Jessica Ziegler - Fiddle & Accordion/Fidil & Bosca Ceoil
Artists ProfileFrom Dumha Thuama in the Erris Gaeltacht in County Mayo, Fiachna Ó Mongáin is influenced by the music of local Erris musicians as well as accordion greats Joe Cooley and Tony MacMahon.
Fiachna is a recipient of the Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year award and has achieved numerous successes in the button accordion competition in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
He has featured on a number of recordings, including the “Tunes in the Church” compilation, and, most recently, “Amhráin Iorrais,” a project which his parents Seamus and Síle Uí Mhongáin undertook to unearth sean-nós songs and airs of the Erris Gaeltacht which had been collected in Chicago in the early part of the last century.
Fiachna has performed Irish music throughout Ireland and Europe and has featured on radio and television programs, including a solo performance on “Céilí House from the National Concert Hall,” and “Céarbh É,” a television documentary on Joe Cooley presented by Tony MacMahon. He also presented an episode of Geantraí from his native Dumha Thuama for the national broadcaster TG4.
Jessica Ziegler is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Irish traditional music from the University of Limerick. She first started playing Irish traditional and American old-time music while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in classical viola at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. As a classical violist, she has appeared with various orchestras, including the Juilliard Orchestra at the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, and Accessible Contemporary Music in Chicago. She has also performed Irish traditional and American old-time music in the cross-genre duo “Over The Hills And Far Away” with multi-instrumentalist Matt Brown, and has appeared at the University of Chicago Folk Festival, DePaul University, and the Indiana Folklore Conference with Mick Moloney. Before moving to Ireland, she spent eight years teaching at the Irish Music School of Chicago and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.