Montréal native, Yaëlle Azoulay, is one of Québec’s foremost step dancers and choreographers. Since mastering Québecois gigue at a young age, Azoulay also draws on body percussion, contemporary dance theories, as well as an array of other influences to continuously push the boundaries of percussive dance. Azoulay has performed and created work across North and South America, South Korea, and as part of the Francaphone Games in Niger. Azoulay has also spent fourteen years as a dancer and choreographer with [ZØGMA] Collectif de folklore urbain where she has most recently co-choreographed their new creation CUBE.
Antoine Turmine has toured extensively with [ZØGMA] Collectif de folklore urbain. He regularly presents work at BIGICO in Montréal and is a frequent collaborator in both contemporary and percussive dance traditions. Turmine has recently completed a masters in dance at Université du Québec á Montréal where he investigated the relationships between his body and sound.
Described as an “effortless multi-instrumentalist” and coming from a family steeped in Traditional Irish Music, All – Ireland champion on Flute and Melodeon, Stephen Doherty, has joined many well known Irish groups and shows on tour including : Gráda, Slide, Ragus the Show, TitanicDance and We Banjo 3. Stephen has worked as a composer writing music for the acclaimed Irish dance production 'TitanicDance' which has toured Ireland, America & China and was also commissioned to write music for the CRN Dance Association. In 2017 Stephen recorded the album 'New Day Dawning' for singer Sean Keane, playing alongside Sean and RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall. He is a resident musician at the annual Oireachtas Na Samhna on TG4 each year. Currently Stephen continues to tour with the group 'Blás' and the Sean Keane Band.
Cormac Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He plays in a number of projects including: Liam O Connor, Rushed Eggleston, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh, Noel Hill, Jack Talty and the band Ré. He is the founder of Airt and the award winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway and Dublin. His debut solo album, released in May 2017, has received critical acclaim amassing seven 5-star reviews to date. He is currently artist in residence in the Dock Arts Centre and will be the traditional artist in residence in the National Concert Hall in April 2018.
Danny Diamond and Anna Lethert
Danny Diamond and Anna Lethert are a fiddle-and-dance duo based in Sligo. Danny is one of the leading Irish traditional musicians of his generation. Through his work as a performer, composer, archivist and sound engineer, Danny has contributed on multiple fronts to the revitalisation and reimagining of Irish music and song. Danny currently combines international touring with Teac Damsa’s multi award-winning dance theatre show Swan Lake /Loch na hEala along with a range of collaborations and solo projects, notably the fiddle duo NORTH with Conor Caldwell). Anna is a sean-nós dancer originally from Minneapolis, USA. She has worked as a dance teacher and performer in Minneapolis and in Ireland, and performed at festivals in the USA and Europe, with artists including Altan, Mórga, Lankum, The Friel Sisters, Liz Carroll & Dáithí Sproule.
Choreographer Catherine Young is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist and one of the 2016/2017 UK Bench Fellows. She is an Associate Artist with Siamsa Tire where she has been Dancer/Choreographer in Residence since 2006 as well as Dancer in Residence with Kerry County Council. She founded & co-curated Tocht International Dance Festival (2011-2015). She has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Coisceim Dance Theatre. Catherine's latest works include 'State of Exception' (2018) and 'Welcoming the Stranger' (2016)
“She is a choreographer that we will hear about for a long time” Jonathan Kelleher, Artistic Director, Siamsa Tíre – The National Folk Theatre of Ireland
Roy Ó Gealbháin
Limerick born musician and dancer Roy Galvin, is an accomplished Irish solo dancer, sean nós and set dancer. Roy has also had a successful career as a ballet dancer, dancing professionally with both The Irish Ballet Company, Dublin City Ballet, and most recently was ballet master with Irish Modern Dance Theatre. In 1984 he set up his own company Pas de Deux Dance Company which performed regularly at The National Gallery of Ireland and The National Concert Hall.
Roy is well known for his many RTÉ and TG4 appearances. Learning the flute from a young age, Roy grew up playing sessions in the company of Junior Crehan, Willie Clancy, Micho Russell and Tony McMahon.
Sam Moore is an archaeologist based in Dromahair, Co. Leitrim. He has a keen interest in Irish prehistory and has written or contributed to a number of local history articles, books and guides, and has considerable archaeological excavation and survey experience. Sam has been lecturing in archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo since 2007. His main interest lies in the landscape and human interaction with it and the biography or ‘life-history’ of monuments including how mythology and folklore plays a role in the mental landscape.
John Murphy & Bernie Mhic Gabhann
Biography coming soon
Nada Ní Chuirrín
Nada was raised in the heart of Connemara, where she was deeply immersed in a rich Irish culture. Nada’s love and appreciation for Irish traditional music is reflected in the way that her dancing compliments the music. Both a talented concertina player and sean nós dancer, she has performed on both national and international stages. In 2018, Nada's distinctive style won national recognition, when she won Corn TG4 at Oireachtas na Samhna, becoming not only one of the youngest recipients, but one of only four female winners in the history of the competition.
Sean Nós dancer Edwina Guckian hails from outside the village of Drumsna in Co. Leitrim. Having started teaching dancing at the age of 16, Edwina has now taught her steps and toured with shows and bands in every continent all over the world. She has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most influential acts such as Altan, De Danann, Dervish, Mairtín O Connor, Frankie Gavin, Kíla, Martin Hayes & We Banjo 3 to name a few.
Edwina worked as choreographer on director Ken Loach’s latest film, Jimmy’s Hall, nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. She also worked as a guest presenter on RTE’s children’s arts programmes. She runs her own dance club Áirc Damhsa based across 8 counties in Ireland.
Swedish born traditional dancer, choreographer, and researcher Mats Melin has worked professionally with dance in Scotland since 1995 and in Ireland since 2005. He has been engaged in freelance work nationally and internationally as well as having been Traditional Dancer in Residence for four Scottish Local Authorities. Mats co-started the dynamic Scottish performance group ‘Dannsa’ in 1999. He is a former member of the Scottish Arts Council's Dance Committee and Scottish Government Working Group on Traditional Arts, and currently an office bearer for Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Mats is a Lecturer in Dance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Ireland. He authored “One with the Music: Cape Breton step dancing tradition and transmission” published by Cape Breton University Press in 2015.
Michael Tubridy is a flute and concertina player who has had an illustrious career in the world of Irish music and dance. He has played with several of the most celebrated groups in the history of Irish music – The Castle Céilí Band, Ceoltóirí Chualann, and The Chieftains.
In the world of Irish dance he was a member of Connie Ryan’s Slievenamon Set-dancers, and travelled with them to teach and perform in many parts of the world.
In the 1980s, with his wife Celine, he developed an interest in Irish step dancing and collected versions of dances from the rapidly diminishing number of tradition-bearers including Dan Furey and James Keane of Labasheeda, developing his own dance notation system and publishing a number books on dance in the process.
In 2013 he was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil for Lifetime Achievement.
Padraig hails from Ballymagovern on the Cavan-Leitrim border with influences of both counties reflected in his music. He was taught by piper P.J. Flood and heavily influenced by accordionist Vincent Tighe. His family were all involved in the Cornafean Céilí group. He developed his music with the Ceolas Céili Band under the tutorship of Fr. John Quinn through which he inherited a rich repertoire of music from the manuscripts of Stephen Grier and Alex Sutherland. A highly regarded tutor of the Uilleann Pipes, Padraig has toured extensively and released a number of CDs including Forgotten Gems with Peter Carberry in 2013. His 2015 multi-disciplinary project The Pipes The Pipes produced by Donal Dineen with Leonard Barry and Maitiú Ó Casaide and visual artists Guillermo Carrion and Lionel Palun received much critical acclaim.
Dave Sheridan’s flute playing has been described as “a highly accomplished free flowing fluid style, with sound technique and solid driving rhythm” (Hot Press Magazine) and a flute style, which takes on “Lark like qualities” (fRoots Magazine). On the back of his critically acclaimed debut album Sheridans Guesthouse, he released his second solo flute album entitled Drivin’ Leitrim Timber in 2010. This album has received rave reviews, with The Irish Times describing it as “a joy…. a thoughtfully organised collection, that celebrates a fluid free flowing regional flute style….Dave has recorded with artists from renowned traditional groups like Lunasa, Dervish, At The Racket and De Danann as well as having performed on The Late Late Show, The Ray Darcy Show, Geantrai, The Reel Deal & Fleadh TV.
Colm O'Donnell was born in Kilactigue, Co. Sligo. The All-Ireland winning musicians released Farewell to Evening Dances in 1999. Colm's singing style is sweet, tuneful and full of soul. His flute and whistle playing is lively, bouncy, and varied, ornamented in the great North Connaught tradition.
Bernadette Nic Gabhann
Born into a musical family in Ashbourne, Co. Meath Ireland, Bernadette learned to play fiddle from her father Antóin, a well known Co. Cavan fiddle player. Her mother's dancing side of the family hail from Co. Clare. She participated in Fleadhanna Cheoil throughout her youth as a member of Trim Comhaltas which provided the foundation to a life in music that has brought her across the globe promoting Irish Arts.
As Fiddle player with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Bernadette toured through North America and Canada, and performed in Alaska and South Korea. She was also fiddle player with Gaelforce Dance who toured Eastern Europe and Taiwan , and she also spent a summer with Irish Thunder, a dance show based in Busch Gardens theme Park in Williamsburg, Virginia USA.
Cathal Ó Curráin
Cathal Ó Curráin is a traditional musician and singer from Gaoth Dobhair, Co.Donegal. From an early age Cathal was immersed in music from attending regular sessions in Teach Huidaí Beag and from the yearly classes in An Crannóg. Hailing from a family that are best known for their singing Cathal learned his songs from his aunties Caitlín and Bríd Joe Jack. Performing from a young age with An Crann Óg, Cathal has travelled the world with different bands to America, Australia, New Zealand and all throughout Europe. He is currently studying Music and Irish in the University of Limerick. He has recently recorded an Album with The High Seas and The Conifers and has guested on The Friel Sisters album “Before The Sun”.
Irish Traditional Music Archives
The Irish Traditional Music Archive – Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann (ITMA) is a national public archive, information centre, and resource centre intended to be of use to everyone with an interest in the contemporary art forms of Irish traditional song, instrumental music, and dance, and in their history. The Archive’s area of interest covers the performance traditions of the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora – Irish-Britain, Irish-America, Irish-Australia, etc. – and those of all other performers of Irish traditional music throughout the world. In its attitude to the Irish and connected traditions, the Archive defines ‘traditional music’ in a broad and inclusive way.