2018 Tutors

Kevin Crawford (Flute & whistle)
Virtuoso flute-player, Kevin Crawford’s early life was one long journey into Irish music and Co. Clare, where he eventually moved from Birmingham while in his 20’s. He now tours the world with Ireland’s cutting-edge traditional band, Lúnasa with 10 ground-breaking albums to their credit including their latest release 'CAS'. Numerous other projects occupy Kevin's time including the Teetotallers (featuring Martin Hayes and John Doyle) and The Drunken Gaugers.
Cormac de Barra (Harp)
Cormac has performed on stages across the world. He has released numerous recordings including the harp duo CD Double Strung with Anne-Marie O'Farrell, Tarraing Téad with fiddler Máire Breatnach and two CDs with Moya Brennan under the banner Voices & Harps.
Listen to Cormac here.
Winifred Horan (Fiddle)
Winifred joined Cherish the Ladies in 1990. She co-founded Solas in 1994 and has been a constant member. She toured with The Sharon Shannon Band for some years. She released her first solo album, Just One Wish, in 2002. Her compositions have featured on the American reality tv series So You Think You Can Dance. She is now a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Listen to Winifred here.
Shane Mulchrone (Banjo)
Shane is influenced by the local musicians of Mayo and Sligo. He has taught at numerous summer schools and workshops around the country and abroad. Shane plays regularly at sessions and festivals around the country. His debut album 'Solid Ground' is being released in Spring of 2018 on Raelach Records.
Listen to Shane here.
Louise Mulcahy (Pipes & Flute)
Louise has travelled extensively as a piper and flautist, appearing at some of the biggest national and international music festivals throughout the World. Louise was voted Female Musician of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards in 2017, 2015 and 2005 and was awarded Tradconnect Album of the year in 2017 for the album titled,‘The Reel Note’ featuring her sister Michelle and her father Mick.
Listen to Louise here.
Padraic O Reilly (Orchestra)
Padraic O'Reilly is one of the leading trad piano players in the country, both as a soloist and accompanist. He is a member of Boffin to Burren, is the founder of Corofin Traditional Festival and also of the newly formed Clare Youth Trad Orchestra. He is widely respected for his teaching work over the last 20 years, particularly his work with young bands, groups and orchestras.
Damien Mullane (Accordion)
Damien began his professional career as the accordionist in the legendary Frankie Gavin's band De Dannan. He has toured extensively, performing in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Slane Castle, The Electric Picnic and Glastonbury. He has performed for Barack Obama & Bill Clinton and has also collaborated musically with the likes of Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) and Sting (Police). Damien’s debut album is called ‘13’.
Listen to Damien here.
Liam O Brien (Concertina)
Liam is from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Influenced by Noel Hill in his youth, he went on to study Irish Music & Dance in UL. He has travelled the world as an in-demand performer and teacher. He was awarded the TG4 award for young musician of the year in 2017.
Eimear Howley (Fiddle)
Eimear Howley is a multi-instrumentalist from Kilfenora, Co. Clare. She has a MA in Traditional Irish Music, a diploma in music performance as well as multiple All-Ireland Fleádh Cheoil titles. She is an experienced music teacher, a member of the Kilfenora Céilí Band and a primary school teacher - who loves to compose and arrange all genres of music.
Listen to Eimear here.
Joseph McNulty (Fiddle)
Joseph McNulty has travelled Europe and America with various well known musicians and groups. He has also made several television appearances and recorded with some of Ireland’s greatest traditional musicians such as Matt Molloy, Arty McGlynn, Donal Lunny, David Munnelly and Shane McGowan, to name but a few.
Listen to Joseph here.
Paul Clesham (Concertina)
Paul Clesham is from Hollymount, Co. Mayo, now living in Cork. He is a graduate of the BA, BMus and MA in Ethnomusicology courses in University College Cork. He has won All-Ireland titles on concertina, piano and melodeon and has travelled to numerous countries around the world teaching and performing music.
Listen to Paul here.