2024 Tutors

Lisa Canny (harp) has toured the world extensively. She mixes traditional music with her love for RnB, pop and Jazz and has collaborated with artists like Cian Ducrot, Ella Henderson and Muni Long. Her side projects have amassed over 50 million views and 600,000 followers online. Lisa is currently working on her debut album in L.A..
Lisa is the composer of the orchestral piece for Meitheal Ennis this year.
Stephen Doherty (accordion) works as a full time musician, composer and producer. Stephen has performed in over 25 countries and tours with various groups and shows whilst directing and composing music for various ensembles within traditional Irish music. He currently tours with singers Sean Keane, Dan McCabe and the musical group NxNW.
Stephen is the composer of the orchestral piece for Meitheal Limerick this year.
Marie Walsh (accordion) is a multi-instrumentalist from Clifden, Co. Galway. A full-time teacher of Traditional Irish Music, Marie has tutored many award-winning musicians and groups. She is also the Chairperson of Clifden Traditional Music Festival and has also toured Ireland and Britain with Comhaltas.
Tom Doorley (flute) is a virtuoso who performed all over the world with Danú and played on eight of their albums. He is also a teacher, conductor and lecturer at DIT. He is Director of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and has previously composed a piece for Meitheal Orchestra.
Eimear Arkins (fiddle) has toured and performed with numerous groups including Cherish The Ladies and Téada. She has given workshops at various festivals throughout the world including New York; Estonia France & Canada. Eimear was awarded Newcomer of the Year 2019 by liveIRELAND. She recently released her second album entitled Here & There.
Recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceóil Young Musician of the Year award in 1999, concertina player Aogán Lynch has had an extensive recording career, collaborating with various artists and is a member of the group "Slide" who have recorded 5 albums and toured extensively in Europe and America.
Alannah Thornburgh is an award-winning harpist and composer from the west of Ireland. Alannah’s music explores melodies from the Irish harping and American folk & jazz traditions. This cross-genre interaction is interwoven throughout her music, described as being “unforced, fluid and utterly at home in her own sound”.
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail comes from Ring, Co. Waterford and plays uilleann pipes, flute and guitar. He has played with Danú on various occasions and recently plays with Caladh Nua. He received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil 'Young Musician of the Year' award in 2012.
Muireann Ní Shé is an uilleann piper and singer from County Cork. Muireann’s debut album, Éistigh Liomsa Sealad (2023), is a unique sound-world, where contemporary and traditional influences combine with the dominating sounds of the pipes and ethereal arrangements of sean-nós song.
Dessie Kelliher has been playing banjo for nearly 30 years and tutoring banjo in Ennis Co. Clare for 15 years. In 2003 he released his solo album "Banjoed" which was highly successful. He lives in Co. Clare and plays regular sessions in Ennis town.