Sheila features on Na Píobairí Uilleann publications The Rolling Wave CD (A new generation of uilleann pipers) and Pipe Up DVDrom. At the beginning of 2014 Sheila released her first album The Friel Sisters along with her sisters Anna & Clare with whom she has played across Europe, America and in Asia. Along with teaching pipes she has performed at various tionóls, NPU events and at Cumann Píobaireachta Tharlach Mhic Suibhne events promoting uilleann piping in Donegal.
Conjuring a unique but universal language from that most ubiquitous of instruments, the acoustic guitar, Tony McManus has both extended and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora – Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, Asturias, Cape Breton, Quebec – along with still further-ranging flavours, such as jazz and east European music. Long applauded for his uncanny ability to transpose the delicate, complex ornamentation characteristic of traditional bagpipe or fiddle tunes – even the phrasing of a Gaelic song – onto his own six strings, McManus is increasingly being acknowledged also as a pioneering figure in bridging the realms of Celtic music and other guitar genres.
Few guitarists can present Celtic music with the gusto and nuance they possess when played on fiddles or bagpipes. Tony McManus is one of those few. – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Liz’s last solo album, On the Offbeat, has been called magnificent and timeless by the critics, and “… one of the best albums of the decade so far” by Irish Music Magazine. You can hear the music and purchase at www.lizcarroll.com and in stores everywhere.
A new collaborative album, produced as companion music to a recent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, is named “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840 – The Music.” A mix of period music and new compositions by Liz Carroll, the other artists include Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, and Catriona McKay. Released in February, 2016, Daniel Neeley of the Irish Echo praised it, saying “It is a breathtaking companion piece… a spectacular album. It features a beautiful mixture of old and new music from one of the most elite gatherings of musicians.”
Deb Quigley was born in Newtownards, County Down and lived during the early 70’s in the town of Bangor where she was first introduced to the native music of Ireland. Chris (Charlie Ferguson) R.I.P. whistle and flute player also from Bangor was a huge influence on her music during the formative years. During the late 80’s she was once again inspired musically by the playing and teaching of the late Chris Langan Uillean piper, instrument maker, and music teacher originally from Rush, County Dublin who lived for many years in Toronto. Deb credits much of her music to the patient, and informative teaching style of her mentor and friend.
Patrick has been very active in the promotion of Irish music in Toronto, mainly though 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.
Hailed from Co. Galway in Ireland and continued to play traditional music in Canada. Played professionally with a Folk/Traditional group, travelling all over Canada and the US including the North West Territories. Active member of Comhaltas promoting traditional Irish music across North America. Teaches music, and provides music for Irish dancing competitions throughout Canada and the US. Was invited back to Ireland for the “Gathering”to perform at a trad festival. This was a project put forward by the Irish Government to encourage emigrants to return home to Ireland for a visit.
Flute / Whistle
David 'Papper' Papazian
Numerous visits to Ireland since then and close friendships with Toronto-area musicians have nourished his love of the culture, people and music. After living in Quebec for a dozen years, Papper moved further east to Cape Breton, where he presently lives and works as a violin-maker.
Papper was a friend of Chris Langan and has, to the gratitude of the Toronto Irish music community, been a fixture of the Chris Langan Weekend where he has been inspiring generations of players. This year Papper leads a free session in the Tranzac Main Hall from 11:45am to 1:15pm. Come early, the place will be jammed!