Teagascóirí / Tutors 2018
Born and raised in the Bronx, John began to play at the age of 12 and in 1982 he became the first American-born musician to win the Senior Button Accordion Championship at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. John is an experienced teacher and is also an expert in the tuning and repair of instruments.
A Cavan native and is one of Ireland’s most popular accordion players. A very talented musician Fergus has featured in several Comhaltas tours and is much in demand for events all over the country.
Nathan hails from Minnesota and started playing music at the age of five soaking up traditional tunes and style from County Offaly accordion legend Paddy O’Brien. In 2013, he moved to Boston and was the winner of the of Boston’s Fiddler of Dooney competition in that year. Nathan has a very busy touring schedule and has many commercial recordings to his credit.
From Ballymote in County Sligo, Caoimhe is part of the Collis musical dynasty and a fine exponent of a re-emerging Sligo style of Traditional Fiddle playing. Caoimhe was part of the All Ireland winning trio at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 and is the current champion of the Fiddler of Dooney competition.
From a musical family in Corofin, Co. Clare, Brian started playing the flute at a young age and has had numerous All-Ireland successes. In 2015, Brian released his first commercial recording and he is a All-Ireland winning Shandrum Céilí Band.
Another member of the Kearins family from Ballymote Co. Sligo. Cian is highly versatile and becomes the first person to teach three different workshops at Féile Chois Cuain – having previously taught flute and ballads.
From Loughrea, Co. Galway Teresa is an accomplished flute and whistle player who has graced many of the finest sessions around the country.
A member of the highly acclaimed Hurley family from Ballymote, Mairead has toured worldwide. Having won the All Ireland title in 2006, Mairead spent time teaching music in Australia and has recently recorded an album with John Blake and Nathan Gourley.
A fine young concertina player from North Mayo currently studying on the BA Irish Music and Dance course at the University of Limerick.
An outstanding banjo player originally from Ballybay, Co. Monaghan. Now based in Dublin, George is highly sought after as a tutor, adjudicator and performer across Ireland and abroad. He is also a member of the Blackwater Céilí band.
Guitar may be relatively new to traditional music but Shane is part of a family steeped in traditional music and has the ability to produce the ideal backdrop to any given melody and is very much in demand for his accompaniment skills.
Ella Marie O’Dwyer
A unique voice and a captivating style has helped Ella Marie to become one of the most recognised traditional singers of her generation. She has won many All Ireland titles and has released a number of commercial recordings and a book with a collection of songs.
Máirín Uí Chéide
Is as an Máimín, Leitir Móir i nGaeltacht na Gaillimhe do Mháirín ach tá cónaí uirthi le fada an lá i mBostún. Thug sí Corn Uí Riada léi i 1986 agus tá a cáil goite i bhfad is i ngearr ar fud féilte ceoil Mheiriceá de bharr a cuid amhránaíochta. Bean atá an-bhródúil as a cuid oidhreachta, cuirfear fáilte chroíúil roimpi i gCluain Cearbán.
Pádraig and Róisín McEneany
This Termonfeckin couple have danced worldwide. The duo are in great demand for set dance classes, workshops and performances.
Rónán Ó Riagáin
Rónán completed his Masters in Traditional Music Performance in University Limerick in 2005 and won the All- Ireland Sean-nós Dance Competition in Cavan in 2010. Rónán has released two instructional Sean-nós dance DVD’s.
Geraldine comes from O’Callaghan’s Mills in East Co Clare. She learnt her first tunes, on a Clarkes tin-whistle from her father, John Joe who used to play a few tunes at home in the kitchen. She later went to music classes locally and took up the concert flute at the age of twelve. She was fortunate to get to hear and play with local musicians like Martin Rochford, Joe Bane, Paddy Canny and PJ Hayes and going to music sessions, fleadhs and Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy became a regular part of life from a young age.
Geraldine has developed her own style on the flute which draws on the music of her native East Clare as well as the music of the wider Clare area and is also influenced by the flute-playing styles of the North Connaught region. She spent fourteen years living in Co Mayo and recently returned to live in Co Clare. Geraldine plays regularly at sessions and concerts and festivals and has taught flute for many years.