Niall Hackett – Concertina
Niall plays concertina and bouzouki and has been teaching in Gaoth Dobhair for a number of years, where he has a thriving group of young concertina players. A Dublin native, he moved to Donegal in 2002 where he works as a freelance sound engineer and archivist with the Irish Traditional Music Archive. More recently he has returned to study music part-time at Ulster University focusing on 19th century mandolin technique under classical mandolinist and composer Chris Acquavella and is currently performing with experimental music collective ‘Árchú’.
Cillian King – Concertina
Limerick native Cillian King has been playing music from the age of 6 and is currently one of the most in demand multi-instrumentalists in Ireland today. As well as being an accomplished concertina player, he is also proficient on guitars & keyboards and has toured the world with many acclaimed bands & artists. While being a member of innovative bands such as Atlas & Notify (with fellow concertinist, Pádraig Rynne) who’s albums have been released on the world renowned world/jazz record label ‘Ropeadope Records’ (Snarky Puppy, Shaun Martin, Mark Lettieri), he has toured with Ulaid & Duke Special, Aldoc, Ímar, Pauline Scanlon & Moxie. 2015 saw Notify release ‘InConcept’ who have since toured successfully throughout Ireland & Europe and in 2016 Cillian released ‘Affinity’ with his band Atlas in 2016 to critical acclaim.