Paul O’Shaughnessy is from Dublin. He started learning to play the fiddle at seven years of age from his mother, Pearl and other teachers in the Dublin area. As traditional music in Dublin originates in many different areas of the country, Paul was familiar with different regional styles of music from early on. Later he started to travel to Donegal and became very interested in the style of fiddle music of that county, in particular the playing of some of the older players in Teelin and Kilcar. In his own right and with bands such as Altan and Beginish, Paul has recorded, and played in many parts of North America and Europe, especially Brittany and Italy. He has toured twice in Japan with the Belfast flute player, Harry Bradley.
Bríd is originally from Castlefinn Co Donegal and is now living near Dungannon Co Tyrone. She has been hailed as one of the leading exponents of traditional fiddle playing of our time and many of Ireland’s traditional musicians cite her as having been a major influence. In 1988 she won all three major titles-the Senior All Ireland, the Oireachtas and the Fiddler of Dooney. She is highly respected both as a performer and a teacher and has been featured many times on RTE RnaG TG4 and BBC. Bríd has toured extensively and performed with numerous giants of traditional music including Dermot Byrne, Tony O’Connell, Steve Cooney, Arty McGlynn, Sean og Graham, Donogh Hennessy , PJ McDonald, Danny O’Mahony and Harry Bradley.
Clodagh is originally from Maghera in South Derry where at the age of 7 she began fiddle lessons with her Aunt- Ann O’Brien, and then later with Dennis Sweeney.
She is a founder member of the highly acclaimed band Deanta, playing fiddle, bouzouki and bodhran. Deanta were subsequently signed to the American Record Company- Green Linnet and produced 3 albums- “Deanta”- 1990.“Ready for the Storm”- 1994. “Whisper of a Secret”- 1997.
Clodagh has toured extensively and has performed and taught workshops at major festivals throughout the world. As her family moved to live in the Inishowen Peninsula 25 years ago, Clodagh also returned to live here after College and became actively involved in traditional music in the area. She is a current member of the Inishowen Traditional Music project- a voluntary body set up to promote and preserve the music of the area. Clodagh is a co-founder of the Ceolan School of Music in Moville which is now in its 6th year. She holds the T.T.C.T diploma in teaching traditional music from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and has recently given up a career in Dentistry to teach music full time.
Roisin Mc Grory (nee Harrigan) is from Inishowen Co.Donegal. Growing up in Burnfoot, she was exposed to the rich culture and music of Inishowen and Donegal. With her brothers Paul Harrigan (piano accordion and uilleann pipes) and Damien Harrigan (fiddle) Roisin has performed and taught at festivals and events throughout Ireland, Europe and America.
Roisin teaches traditional music in Inishowen and Derry and is a co-funder of the Inishowen Traditional Music Project(ITMP) established in 1999. Influenced by the work of Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí, in Donegal, ITMP was set up to promote and preserve the music of Inishowen. The project holds annual events such as workshops, concerts, collaborations, exchange visits, recitals, talks and has produced two commercial recordings of Inishowen musicians Seamus Grant and Dinny Mc Laughlin.
In September 2016 Roisin released her debut album, ‘The Brae Road’ a collection of music with strong Inishowen and Donegal influences. Along with some new compositions the album is a collection of music drawn from musicians that have influenced Roisin’s playing over the years. The album features musicians Colm O’Caoimh(guitar), Paul Harrigan(accordion & viola), Melanie Houton(fiddle), Eimear Mc Colgan(fiddle), Clodagh Warnock(fiddle) and Joleen Mc Laughlin(harp) and her two daughters Deirdre McGrory(whistle) and Ella Mc Grory(piano).
Roisin has recently appeared at the Imbolc Festival in Derry and at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair where she also acted as a tutor.