Eibhlís Ní Shúilleabháin – Whistle
Eibhlís, a native of Bantry West Cork, grew up in a very musical household and began playing the tin whistle at the age of five. She credits her parents, Mary Tisdall and Tom O’Sullivan, along with her uncle, Richard Tisdall, as having strongly influenced her music from a very young age. She has toured Ireland and Britain with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and holds a number of All-Ireland titles on flute. She plays and teaches at various festivals around the country and has performed on TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta. Having attended traditional singing classes with the renowned Múscraí singer, Máire Ní Chéilleachair from a young age, Eibhlís attends Oireachtas na Gaeilge annually and has been awarded prizes in both the ‘Agallamh Beirte’ and ‘Lúibín’ categories. Most recently, she was chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Bonn Óir Sheáin Uí Riada competition on flute. Eibhlís is a primary school teacher in Scoil Naithí, Ballinteer. She also teaches the flute and tin whistle with Craobh Naithí in South Dublin.
Kate has been involved in traditional music and singing for over 40 years. She has won various All Ireland titles throughout the years in singing and tin whistle. She has toured Ireland, England and the USA with CCE. Kate was also involved in the promotion of traditional music throughout Donegal during the summer season and was involved in Seisiún. She also represented Ulster at All Ireland Scór competitions. Kate has taught music extensively all over Donegal and has been successful in producing All Ireland Champions down through the years. She really enjoys encouraging children to participate in playing and singing of music in every way possible.
Deirdre Mc Grory – Whistle
Deirdre is an emerging young musician from the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal. Equally proficient on whistle or as vocalist, Deirdre has taken part in Fleadhanna Cheoil from a very young age, and has appeared with youth ensembles Coirm, Inishowen Traditional Music Project Ensembles and most recently Cineál. In 2016 she was selected to part of Feis Spè Ceilidh Trail performing throughout the Highlands in Scotland. Deirdre has years of experience teaching at Ceolan School of Music – Moville, Ceol na Coille Summer School – Letterkenny and Millstreet Trad Fest – Cork. In 2018 Deirdre was chosen to perform at Féile na hInse’s Recollections Honoria Galwey- Life and Music, uncovering some of the music collected by fellow Inishowen woman Honoria Galwey in the 1800’s. She is currently in her second year studying Traditional Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
James Mahon – Flute
James is ten times All Ireland Champion Flautist and Uilleann Piper with first class bachelor and masters degrees in music. He has been at the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene for over 17 years. He has collaborated, performed and recorded with some of the most significant figures in Irish and world music such as Ronnie Drew, Donal Lunny, Iarla Ó lionard, Michael Mc Goldrick, Steve Cooney, Ódhrán Ó Chaiside, Séan Ó Sé, Moya Brennan, Xose Manuel Bundino, John Spillane, Imelda May , Mundy, Steve Lynch and was a member of the Grammy nominated Afro Celt Sound System from 2010 – 2017. He has been selected to perform at many state occasions including Queen Elizabeth II’s state dinner in Dublin 2011 and for President Barak Obama on his visit to Ireland in 2011.
Since 2003 he has been teaching music, becoming swiftly recognised and teaching All Ireland medal winning students. He has given lectures at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, from where he received his Bachelor’s Degree and has thought at the prestigious Irish World Academy at University of Limerick, from where he received his Master’s Degree. He has also thought at recognised festivals and workshops globally such as ‘Willie Clancy Summer School’, Scoil Éigse, Meitheal Tradweek and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France, Creative Connexions, Sitges, Spain. He is currently a tutor with Music Generation Wicklow, an ensemble director and tutor with Music Generation South Dublin. He has worked with ‘Reelig’, The Traditional performance group from Music Generation Carlow on Collaboration with Dancer David Geaney that was performed at Creative Connexions 2017.
James has travelled the world bringing Irish music to different cultures. He has been to Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Russia and Australia. Most recently he has been touring, writing and recording with Oscar nominated band Kíla. He has worked with IFTA nominated film composer Steve Lynch on the TG4/ Smithsonian Institute documentary “Sacred Sites of Ireland”. He has established Comhaltas in Brazil in spring 2018. He Recorded with Nashville producer Fred Williams for ‘Built By Titan’ and he has composed music for a modern dance performance piece for Maureen Fleming and it will be performed in New York in Autumn 2018.