2017 Tutors

Ronan Browne (Uilleann Pipes & Flute)
Ronan Browne is master of the music of the old masters such as Seamus Ennis and Tommy Potts.  He straddles the difficult divide between pure trad and the modern world during the course of his solo work and with Peter O Loughlin.  He writes for film and TV and was the original piper with Afro Celt Sound System and Riverdance.  
Shane Bracken (concertina)
Shane spent some time in the Boston trad scene. He made two albums with Lia Luachra with whom he performed across Europe. Shane is a highly regarded performer and tutor and has given workshops on the concertina both internationally and across Ireland.
Dave Sheridan (flute)
Dave’s music has been described as "a highly accomplished free flowing fluid style, with sound technique and solid driving rhythm (Hot Press Magazine) and a flute style which takes on "Lark like qualities" (fRoots Magazine). On the back of his critically acclaimed debut album Sheridan’s Guesthouse he released his second solo flute album entitled Drivin' Leitrim Timber in 2010.
Damian McKee (accordion)
Damian McKee tours with renowned Irish band, Beoga. He is a prolific composer and many of his works feature in the Beoga repertoire. Through his teaching, Damian's influence on traditional accordion playing is far reaching.
Simon Thoumire is a concertina player and composer. He performs solo and in duos with Ian Carr and Dave Milligan. He is also Creative Director of Hands Up for Trad an organisation that works to promote Scottish traditional music to the public and media throughout the world. www.simonthoumire.com
Claire Egan (fiddle)
Claire teaches and performs extensively worldwide. Her style is uniquely her own and her debut album 'Turning Tides' garnered much critical acclaim. Her training at the Royal Academy of Music, London enhances her effortless technique and expertise in stylistic expression.
Benny McCarthy (accordion)
Benny’s powerful press and draw accordion and melodeon style has been a huge part of all the bands he has played with over the years including Danú, Raw Bar Collective, The Tin Sandwich band to mention only a few. Benny has been a professional musician/manager for over twenty years, toured all over the world and recorded and featured on over 40 great albums.
Marcus Moloney (banjo) has toured the U.S. Australia and Europe with various groups. He has appeared on several albums and is held in high esteem for his imaginative, percussive improvisational style. He is in huge demand for his technique and eclectic repertoire of foreign and Irish material.
Dónal McCague (fiddle)
Donal was TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2013. In 2011 he released his début solo album entitled Bits’n’ Pieces. Dónal co-arranged and performed on Gradam Ceoil TG4 2016 award-winning album Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over It.
Aoife Ní Argáin (harp) has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ireland as well as in Britain and Canada. She is a member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland which recently performed all over Ireland and in The Barbican Theatre in London. She performs regularly at State functions at Áras an Uachtaráin and adjudicates the concertina and harp at Fleadhanna Cheoil in Ireland and abroad.
Theresa O'Grady (banjo) has a distinctive, rhythmic ornamental style of playing and is considered one of the finest female banjo players in the country. She is a very popular teacher at Summers Schools and Workshops all over Ireland, Europe and more recently Australia. Theresa is also currently recording her debut solo album so..... watch this space!
Clara Mannion (concertina) - hails from Knockenpower, Dungarvan Co.Waterford is currently studying a BA Music and Irish Degree at UCC. She has performed around the world on several tours with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, touring countries such as England, America, Canada and Luxembourg. More recently she has received her T.T.C.T Teaching Irish Music Diploma.
Ciarán Ó Maonaigh(fiddle)
A former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh is heavily influenced by his extended family including Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Ciarán’s first album Ceol a’Ghleanna was released in 2004. He is also a member of the band Fidil, and they have released three acclaimed albums. In 2011 The Old Wheel of Fortune was released with Songlines magazine declaring it “one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade.”