Artists ProfileMairead Hurley and Nathan Gourley met in Dublin, Ireland and bonded over cider, similar last names and a love for old-school traditional Irish music. Mairead, hailing from Sligo, Ireland is an All-Ireland champion on concertina. She has toured worldwide - her most recent musical adventures being on the vibrant folk scene in Australia. She spent 2014 teaching Irish music in Sydney, and is now based in Melbourne. She recently appeared as a special guest on a number of occasions with Irish-Australian stalwarts Trouble in the Kitchen. Nathan on fiddle is a household name in the Irish music scene in North America. While living in Minnesota he had the opportunity to collaborate with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua and Dáithí Sproule of Altan. Now a resident of Boston, he has just released a celebrated album with fellow fiddler Laura Feddersen, and their album launch performances have been receiving rave reviews across the U.S as well as air play on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in Ireland.
Artists ProfileThe newly-formed duo Amala plays music from several centuries, in original arrangements for harp and guitar: mainly Irish traditional tunes and some pieces from the Irish harp repertoire, but also Renaissance dances and European folk music, and songs in Irish, English, French and Flemish. Reidun (harp) is originally from Belgium and has lived in Kerry for the past eight years; she has considerable experience of playing solo and in bands in Belgium, Germany and France, and recorded three CDs with the band Amorroma. Also based in Kerry, Paul (guitar) has played and recorded with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly, Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O'Connor, and the trio Smoky Chimney, among others; in 1989 he published "Traditional Irish Guitar", the first such tutor book. Reidun and Paul first played together at the Pádraig O'Keeffe Festival in Castleisland, County Kerry, last October. The duo recently co-presented "From Chieftain's Court to Polka Sets: 500 Years of Harping in Kerry", a lecture/recital in the "Handed Down" series in Scartaglin Heritage Centre in Kerry (the Youtube clip below is from that event).
Artists ProfileExponent of the North Tipperary style of Irish traditional music which was handed down to me by my father Paddy O'Brien(accordionist & composer) and my grandfather Dinny O'Brien(fiddle/concertina)
I also sing in the traditional ballad style and play piano. I am also a composer.
Currently a member of "The Boruma Trio" with Andrew MacNamara (Accordionist) and Geraldine Cotter(Piano/Tin-Whistle)
Teach music at I.W.M.A.D University of Limerick.
Solo Albums: 1)Newtown Bridge,2)The Fiddler's Choice, 3)Aon le hAon
Latest album "Gléas" by The Boruma Trio
Publications: The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien 1992
The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O'Brien 2009
Artists ProfileLorraine grew up in Toonagh, Co. Clare and started learning Irish traditional music from Frank Custy at the age of 6 on tin whistle. At the age of 7 she began to learn concertina and was taught by Dymphna O' Sullivan, Terry Bingham, and Noel Hill. She was very influenced by the music of her teachers and the music of local musicians. Lorraine grew up playing in pub sessions in Ennis, Miltown Malbay, Lahinch, Doolin and Lisdoonvarna and continued to play regularly in Co. Clare until she left to move to Belfast in 2011. She now works as a music therapist and teaches concertina in Belfast and Castlewellan, Co. Down and is also a tutor at the annual Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay.
Born and raised in Ovens, Co.Cork. Aogán played music from a young age with his siblings; his father, accordionist Donncha Ó Loínsigh; and his mother, renowned singer Caitlín Ní Bheaglaoích. Summers were spent gigging in the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula of West Kerry, where Aogán learned a great deal of his music. Postgraduate studies brought Aogán to Dublin in ’97, where he recorded an album with cousin (guitarist) Gavin Ralston, and enchanting fiddler Michelle O Brien, and in 1999 Aogán received the TG4 Gradam Ceóil Young Musician of the Year award.
Aogán has since featured on a number of albums by other artists including Tallaght whistle player Gavin Whelan’s first and second albums, and Steve Wickham’s (The Waterboys) solo fiddle album.He is a member of the group Slide who have toured extensively in Europe and America and last year released their fifth studio album "Mendicity"