Colm Guilfoyle - Flute player
Artists ProfileColm is a native of Kilcummin, in the heart of Sliabh Luachra. He considers himself lucky to come from a musical family, being introduced to music from an early age. Early influences on Colm were his mother Geraldine and aunts Noreen and Kathleen (RIP) who began to teach him the local tunes. It was from teacher Padraig Buckley that Colm developed a keen interest in flute and whistle music . Padraig introduced him to a variety of regional styles while maintaining ties with the music of Sliabh Luachra.
It was through his friendship with the late Sliabh Luachra accordian player Stephen Carroll that Colm became submerged in the music of the locality. Influenced by recordings of the aforementioned fiddle and accordion legends, and living local musicians such as Joe O Sullivan, Jimmy Doyle, Paudie O Connor etc, Colm became engrossed in Sliabh Luachra Music.
While Colm embraces all that the tradition has, he is now keen to introduce young musicians to the wealth and vibrancy of the Sliabh Luachra music. In recent years he has tutored at numerous classes and workshops including The Killarney School of Music, Fleadhanna Cheoil, The Gathering and various other festivals.
Colm is also keen to promote the local music through performance and has done so on numerous occasions afforded to him by RTE, TG4 and radio na Gaeltachta.