2019 Tutors

Brid Harper from Donegal is one of Ireland’s finest exponents of traditional fiddling. She is in much in demand as a performer and teacher in Ireland and abroad. Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney, Tony O’Connell, John Doyle and Sylvain Barou are just some of her collaborators. She is a member of newly formed group UAINE who recently released their highly rated album “The Dimming of the Day”
Ivan Goff (pipes & flute) is a New York-based Dubliner. A member of Danú, he has also performed with Iarla Ó Lionáird (Ghost Trio), Martin Hayes, Eileen Ivers, the New York Philharmonic and on Broadway productions. His recent CD, Bright Vision, is with concert organist, Renée Ann Louprette. Ivan has a PhD in music from New York University.
Sylvain Barou from Brittany is an exponent of Irish and Breton music on flute and pipes, Sylvain has played with leading bands and musicians such as Liz Carroll, Máirtín O'Connor, Guidewires, Altan and countless others.
He travels the world with his own lineup and a new trio with Irish legendary musicians Donal Lunny and Padraig Rynne.
Caitlin Nic Gabhann (concertina) has been performing professionally and composing for 10 years, and is regularly seen at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. Writing tunes since the age of ten, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Caitlín now plays most regularly with fiddler Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and as part of The High Seas band.
Peter Browne (accordion) has played all over Europe, the USA and Asia. A composer and performer, he has also been involved with the RTE concert orchestra, jazz and other ethnic and improvised forms of music.
Sharon Howley (fiddle & cello) was born into music. Though from Kilfenora in the heart of trad territory, she is also highly regarded as a master of other genres and has carved out a role for cello in trad music. A leading member of the Kilfenora, she is this year’s TG4 Young musician of the Year.
Cathal O Curráin (fiddle) hails from Gaoth Dobhair, Co.Donegal. He is currently studying Music and Irish in the University of Limerick. He has recently recorded with The High Seas and The Conifers and has guested on The Friel Sisters’ album “Before The Sun” and Aoife Scott’s "Homebird" album with Ron Block.
Aisling Lyons holds 8 All Ireland titles from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and is much sought after as a performer and teacher in Ireland & abroad. Aisling has taught and performed in Australia, Norway, the U.K, U.S.A, Canada & mainland Europe.
Gavin Strappe (banjo) hails from County Tipperary. He has played music professionally since 2013. He has toured extensively in Europe, China and South America. He is a member of Irish-Bluegrass-Americana band, JigJam, and spends the majority of the year touring the United States.
Una Monaghan (harper) was awarded a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast in 2015. Her research examines the intersections between Irish traditional music, experimental music practices, improvisation and interactive technologies. Úna released an album of her compositions, named “For” in 2018. In 2019 she received the inaugural Liam O’Flynn Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Dylan Carlos is the current All-Ireland Senior Fiddle champion, and part of the group "Carlos Sweeney McCartin" who brought out their debut album last year to critical acclaim. Dylan plays and teaches regularly at festivals around Ireland and abroad and occasionally performs with the group "Gatehouse".
Jos Kelly - Composer, Arranger, Accordionist & Keyboard player. Jos has toured around the world with Moxie, most notably performing for Michael D Higgins in Hanoi Opera house, Vietnam, as part as the presidential visit. He has also performed recently with Moxie & The National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert hall.