THE BAND

Pádraig Rynne - Concertinas

Described as "one of the freshest sounds in Irish music" by fRoots, Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today.

With a Masters in Music Technology and with his passion for experimenting with diverse genres, Pádraig is recognized for his re-freshing explorations into the Irish Tradition and beyond.

His band work includes, founder and former member of the ground breaking Irish/Breton band Guidewires and current member of TRIAD with Dónal Lunny and Sylvain Barou. Rynne has curated a number of high profile ensembles and tours including Irish Arts Council funded projects Dán, Atlantic I/O and NOTIFY + Pauline Scanlon.

Pádraig's name can be seen on a number of well known albums as a performer, producer, composer, recording and mixing engineer.

His touring expeditions have taken him around the Globe working in many different genres including World, Pop, Traditional Irish and Electronic.

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Davie Ryan - Drums and Percussion

Davie is a graduate of both UCC and of Cork School of Music. He has extensive experience both nationally and internationally as a touring and recording musician in a range of diverse genres including, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, World and Traditional music.

He has played with many recent up and coming Irish artists including, The Hard Ground, The Niall McCabe Band, The Paul Dunlea Group, Cormac McCarthy's Cottage Evolution, Jack O Rourke, Anna Mitchell, John Blek & The Rats and Karl Nesbitt.

Davie's impressive reputation has led to high profile collaborations with renowned studio producers, including Grammy award winning Jay Joyce (Tragedy Tragedy Studios, Nashville), Kieran Byrne (Cauldron Studios, Dublin), Christian Best, and John Fitzgerald

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Cormac McCarthy - Piano and Keyboards

Cormac McCarthy is a composer, arranger and pianist born in Cork, Ireland. He began studying piano aged four, and soon after discovered the joy of composition. He has gone on to perform and compose in a wide range of musical genres; from classical to jazz to Irish traditional music.

In 2010 Cormac received the prestigious Bill Whelan International Music Bursary from Bill Whelan, an award earmarked for young Irish composers studying abroad. He spent a number of years living in Chicago, where he completed a Masters in Jazz Studies at DePaul University. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded regularly throughout the American Midwest, including two separate recordings with jazz icons Phil Woods and Jeff Hamilton. As a pianist, he has performed extensively at concert venues, clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the US .

Cormac's most recent project, Cottage Evolution centres around music he has written for a 12-piece ensemble, and features musicians from an interesting and diverse blend of musical backgrounds. The project's debut album is due for release shortly.

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Eoin Walsh - Electric Bass

Since first taking up the bass in his late teens, Eoin has become one of the most in-demand musicians in Ireland.

Eoin has played alongside such musicians as Dónal Lunny, John Spillane, David Lyttle, Jean Toussaint, Robert Mitchell, Sylvain Barou, Pauline Scanlon, Éamonn Cagney, Nick Roth, Claudia Schwab and C.S.L. Parker and has worked on recordings both as a multi-instrumentalist and/or writer with artists such as Christian Eigner, David Lyttle, Colm K, Brian Deady, Cormac McCarthy, Jeremy Kittel and Paul Dunlea. Eoin has been featured on releases from labels such as Bastard Jazz (New York), Tummy Touch (New York/London) and Lyte Records (Northern Ireland) and has also performed on BBC and RTE radio and television programmes.

In 2013, Eoin received a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and was also shortlisted for a Fulbright Award. Eoin holds a first class honours Bmus degree from the Cork School of Music.

Cillian King - Guitars and Vocals

Limerick native Cillian King is one of the most in demand musicians and singers at the moment. He has been touring across the world playing music from the age of 15 and at 17 released his first recording with the band 'Éalú' to critical acclaim.

The multi-instrumentalist who's also regarded as one the finest up and coming concertina players of his generation recently released an EP of original songs entitled "Could Be Kings" which was well received by the media in 2014. This debut as a songsmith earned him a recent nomination for 'Best Male Solo Act' at the Pure M Awards 2015 alongside the likes of Duke Special, Paddy Casey and Mundy. It cemented his arrival amongst a rich stream of singers and songwriters to emerge from Ireland in recent years.

2016 will see Cillian, along with Cillian Doheny (MOXIE), release a new musical venture entitled "Atlas".