Uilleann Pipes & Flute
He has broadcast and recorded extensively. His playing can be heard on numerous recordings with artists such as The Dubliners, Frankie Gavin, Charlie Lennon, Charlotte Church, Boys of the Lough, Altan and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. For the past five years, he has performed and travelled with Norwegian group Secret Garden and has played on their last two albums, Dawn of a New Century and Once in a Red Moon.
He is much in demand as a teacher and has toured extensively and given master classes throughout Europe and North America. He lives in Dublin with his wife and three children and holds down a full-time job as a teacher at St Davids School in Artane, where he teaches geography and Irish and looks after the school’s hurlers.
Andrew moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1990. He is an attorney at O’Brien law firm, a firm he founded in 2000. He played regularly at John D. McGurk’s with Michael “Piper “ Cooney and Terry Corcoran who were living in St Louis in the 1990s and early 2000s. Andrew is active in the St Louis traditional music scene, to include SLIA ( St Louis Irish Arts), and the St. Louis Tionol which celebrated its 22nd anniversary in 2019.
Andrew learned most in regards playing fiddle from a Christian Brother, Brother Jim Forrestal, a teacher based at their local School, St. David’s CBS, Artane. Brother Jim was a regular visitor to their home on Chanel Road on Tuesday nights and when there was quiet time would teach a few slow airs. Andrew was a regular at sessions around Dublin in the 1980s in the company of his brother Denis on the whistle, and Andrew’s style has been shaped by that experience playing in unison with the whistle
Caroline has been playing the concertina for more than twenty years and professionally since 2007. She achieved first class honours while studying Irish traditional music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. She has most recently graduated from the university’s Master of Arts in Traditional Irish Music Performance, where she again achieved the coveted first class honours. Caroline is a prolific composer of contemporary Irish repertoire inspired by her interaction with traditional music on a local and national level, since studying composition within her BA degree.
In addition to her TTCT diploma in Irish traditional music teaching, Caroline also completed a Professional Diploma in Music Education in 2012. Her versed approach to tutelage is not only a testament to her musical expertise, but demonstrates the patience and empathy of experience. She is a regular performer and tutor at Irish, roots and folk music festivals all over the world, and teaches and performs regularly around the South West of Ireland.
Since 2013, Caroline has been a member of the group FourWinds, performing “An exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics that present Irish traditional music in a modern and creative context”. Caroline has just released a duet recording of traditional Irish music with uilleann piper Tom Delany entitled ‘Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck’ which has received rave reviews and international critical acclaim since its release. While on home soil, Caroline currently lives in Dingle, Co. Kerry, where she performs regularly. She is also in the process of completing her solo album.
Patrick has been very active in the promotion of Irish music in Toronto, mainly through his private teaching but also through workshops, sessions and various performances. He taught for several years in the Irish music after school program at St. Paul school in Regent Park and for the last few years, has been helping with other local musicians to organize the Chris Langan Weekend.
Flute / Whistle