One of Co. Clare’s most distinctive fiddle players, Yvonne grew up surrounded by the richness of Clare music and plays in a unique soulful style. In the 1990’s Yvonne recorded two albums with The Ceili Bandits and they toured Europe and the USA. Her first solo CD was released in 2004. Since then, she has created her own music school in Clare and teaches and performs at various festivals at home and abroad. Yvonne’s recently released CD entitled “Croí” (Heart), includes her own new compositions and performances by Dermot Byrne, Eoin O’ Neill and Jon O’ Connell. Yvonne has also shared the stage with many great musicians such as Steve Cooney, Frankie Gavin, Martin Hayes, Paddy Keenan, Josephine Marsh, Máirtin O’ Connor, Kevin Crawford and luka Bloom to mention a few.
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.