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Workshops 2017

Workshops Saturday 20th May 10am - 1pm.

A degree of competence is expected.

Cost €15, family concessions.

Workshops in Fiddle, Flute, Accordion and Concertina.


Biographies For Workshop Tutors


John McEvoy

John McEvoy hails from Birmingham, UK. Though his music is heavily influenced by the fiddle masters of Sligo and West Clare, John has his own unique ornate style, expressive and encompassing considerable flair.

He has released several critically acclaimed albums including The Kilmore Fancy with his sister Catherine McEvoy, The Pride of The West with Roscommon's John Wynne and his solo album Traditional Irish Fiddle in 2012.

His a member of the group Gatehouse who have recently released a much acclaimed C.D. Tús Nua. 


Oisin MacDiarmada

Oisin began playing fiddle in Clare at a young age, after moving to Sligo in 1989 he developed a deep interest in the playing style of the Sligo region.

He founded the group Teada in 2001. He recorded a solo album " Ar an bhFidil" and he has recently released a new album The Green Branch featuring Samantha Harvey on piano.


Bernadette Nic Gabhann

Bernadette Nic Gabhann is an outstanding fiddle player and dancer from Ashbourne, Co. Meath. She has traveled throughout the world playing and promoting the Irish Arts.

Competing successfully in numerous Fleadhanna in her youth, Bernadette then traveled as Fiddle player with Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance. She has recorded most recently with the trans-Atlantic band NicGaviskey, who released their debut album Home away from Home in 2011.

Bernadette comes from a musical family, her dad Antóin is a hugely respected fiddle player, mum Bernie is a noted dancer and sister Caitlín is a champion concertina player and dancer.

Bernadette will launch her solo fiddle C.D. at Féile Chnoc na Gaoithe on 21st May. 

John McEvoy

Oisin MacDiarmada

Bernadette NicGabhann

John Wynne

John Wynne is one of the finest flute players of his time. From Roscommon town, John was naturally drawn to playing in the celebrated North Connaught flute style.

John released his solo debut album entitled “With every Breath” in Late 2000. The album was launched in style to a great crowd in the Temple Hotel on the 12th of November 2000 as part of the Ennis trad festival.

The album has since won critical acclaim, well known musical writer and critic Eule Hatchner placed “with every breath” in his top 20 albums for the year 2001.

He released an album with John McEvoy " Pride of the West" and is a member of the group Gatehouse who have recently released their C.D. Tús Nua. 

John Wynne

Daithí Gormley

Current senior All-Ireland Button accordion champion Daithi Gormley is from from County Sligo. He hails from an an area richly steeped in the Irish music tradition and has been playing from a young age.

 He has toured with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ireland, UK and North America. Daithi teaches at various festivals and summer schools throughout the year. He is a much sought after music teacher.

Daithí Gormley

Liam O’Brien

Liam began his musical education on the tin-whistle at the age of 4 under tutelage of his mother, Bríd O’Donoghue,  he then took up concertina under the tutelage of  the legendary Noel Hill.

However it is Liam’s own style and sound that makes him stand out as a remarkable young musician with a distinct and memorable musical accent.

A recent graduate of UL, Liam has developed a career as a teacher and performer, touring widely with his musical partner Hajime Takahashi to destinations as diverse as Tokyo, Tanzania, Romania, France, Switzerland, Austria and Scotland as well as festivals and workshops in Ireland.

Liam is the winner of the prestigious award TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir nÓg 2017.

Liam O’Brien