Maeve O’Donnell – Uilleann Pipes

Originally from Co Donegal, moving to Tyrone at age 12, Maeve is an exceptionally gifted musician performing on Uilleann Pipes and Whistle. Maeve gained a devoted following in Belfast’s traditional music scene after relocating to pursue her Primary Teaching degree in St Mary’s University College. Maeve has won numerous All Ireland titles over the years through Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Scór na nÓg competitions. She has collaborated with the Duncairn Arts Centre and often performs in the city’s traditional music session scene and regularly plays at Ceol na mBan at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich. In 2023 she achieved The Belfast City Council’s Gradam Ceoil Bursary Award, which allowed her the time and space to work on performances, recordings and compositions.
Maeve has toured, performed and taught workshops extensively throughout Ireland, Europe and the US in recent years. She toured with the renowned Irish Dancing show, Rhythm of the Dance over the last six months. In March 2023, she performed at the Grand Ole Oprey, Nashville, representing Belfast City Council at the Nashville City Irish Fest along with the renowned “Willis Clan” and many other emerging musicians. Maeve has recorded on several albums, most recently for the new Na Pioblairí Uilleann piping CD, “Mná na bPíob Uilleann”.

Martin Crossin, Uilleann Pipes, Ceol na Coille Summer School, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Paul Harrigan, Ceol na Coille, Summer School, Irish Music, Traditional Music, Summer SchoolMartin Crossin – Uilleann Pipes

Originally from Belfast, Martin is based in Milford, Co. Donegal. His interest in music developed from an early age. Martin describes Belfast as one of those pockets of the country where there was a thriving community of uilleann pipers.

His passion for music, and the uilleann pipes in particular, led to him gaining an All Ireland title and ultimately to making his own pipes.

Martin has taught workshops all over the country and has helped nurture up and coming local musicians by providing lessons and a supply of his own hand made instruments.