As well as performing for weddings and other functions, I have worked for many years as both a soloist and session musician in the world of traditional Irish music. Having grown up in a town that is synonymous with traditional music, there is no shortage of pub sessions and festivals here. I have met many friends through my music over the years, and many of these friendships have led to album collaborations, some of which are listed below.
This is my first solo album, and was released in 2019. It features some of my own compositions along with more traditional tunes. It was produced by Pádraig Rynne, who really captured the feel and aesthetic that I was looking for.
Avalla is a quartet album, also featuring Pádraig Rynne (concertina), Tara Breen (fiddle) and Conor Crimmins (flute). As four musicians from county Clare, we decided to come together to make an album to explore different textures and melodies within the traditional genre. Also produced by Pádraig Rynne, it explores traditional and newly composed melodies that reflect our own tastes in music.
This is a duet album that was released in 2015 with my great friend and fiddle player, Sheila Garry. The Shores of Lough Breda is an album that is dedicated to the late Paddy O’Donoghue and consists mainly of his compositions. We had the honor of being joined by his son Cyril on bouzouki, as well as Manchester bodhrán player John Joe Kelly.