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Deirdre Ní Chonghaile is a fiddler-player from the Aran Islands. She researches the music, song and dance of the Aran Islands and is writing a book about the collecting of traditional music in Ireland. She is the co-ordinator of the Amhráin Árann - Aran Songs project, which aims to publish all of the songs composed in the Aran Islands (http://aransongs.blogspot.ie/). She is also researching sean-nós song manuscripts created among the Irish diaspora in Pennsylvania by Fr. Daniel J. Murphy in 1884-1924, around the time Chief Francis O'Neill was collecting instrumental music in Chicago. Since 2011, Deirdre has appeared on a number of occasions as musical director and performer for silent film screenings by the Irish Film Institute. She also works closely with documentary filmmakers on a wide range of topics that resonate with life in the West of Ireland.
Claire John and Eithne recorded a CD together in 2004 entitled An Tri is a Rian. They have enjoyed many sessions together down through the years and won the Chief O Neill festival playing together in Bantry in 2014.
Damien O'Reilly is an esteemed accordion player from county Clare. He learned music in his native Corofin in North Clare and this rhythmical style can be heard in his playing today. He was strongly influenced by the music recorded in the 70s and 80s such as De Danann, Noel Hill, Tony Linnane, Tony McMahon, The Bothy Band and many more. Growing up Damien learned much of his music from his brother Padraic who also had a major influence on him. Damien is a much sought after tutor having taught at many of Ireland's leading festivals. He has toured much of Europe and completed an Irish tour with the Kilfenora Céilí band in 2013. In 2007 Damien was asked to join the band Cruinniu and recorded a debut album to critical acclaim. He is the musical director of the highly successful Corofin Traditional Festival.