2022 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”
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.
Pádraig Rynne (concertina) is a concertina player, composer and producer. With his bands, he has pioneered a new sound in Irish folk and re-contextualised tradition forms with experimental, improvised, jazz, and electronic music. His latest album NASC with Tara Breen won best traditional album in the 2022 American Celtic listener supported radio awards.
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.
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 – accordion. Also a composer, arranger & keyboard player, Jos has toured the world with Moxie, including a performance for Michael D Higgins in Hanoi Opera house, Vietnam. He has also performed recently with Moxie & The National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert hall.