Gerry O’Connor: Gerry O'Connor has brought the banjo to places no other player ever dared to tread before. He has traveled the world - physically and musically - experimenting with everything from Irish to bluegrass to African and Asian, and back to Irish. Both as a soloist and as a member of the highly acclaimed Four Men and a Dog, O’Connor has truly traced the banjo's journey through the world of music. O’Connor’s experimentation combined with his incredible musical instincts has made him one of the most sensational four-string banjoists in Ireland. Released in summer of 2004, the album No Place Like Home was Gerry O'Connor's first solo album in 5 years. O’Connor’s first two albums had a lot of experimentation (Myriad and Time to Time both were brilliant and innovative), and this recent album represents a sort of 'homecoming' to his musical heritage.
Emer Mayock: Emer Mayock is a musician and composer from Co. Mayo, Ireland. As a young musician she learned to play traditional Irish music on a range of instruments including the flute and Uilleann pipes. In 1996, Mayock recorded her debut CD, Merry Bits of Timber, and released it on an independent record label. The music that emerged from this recording was a mix of both traditional music and pieces written by Mayock. The overwhelming response to the recording led to a series of tours and live performances as well as radio and television appearances. Alongside a busy schedule of live work with her own band and the Afro Celts (she has worked with the band since 1999), Mayock became increasingly interested in writing new music; for her second release she wrote thirteen pieces of music and gathered together an array of musicians to record the music. Playground was recorded in Co. Mayo, Dublin and New York in the Autumn of 2000 and released on Mayock’s own record label, Is Mise. Mayock has performed in China, was part of the Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry in August 2004, and in 2006 she composed music for 'Winter Pictures', a play for children which toured Wales for two months before opening at The Ark, Dublin and Glor Irish Music Centre, Ennis. Mayock continues to travel world wide with her music.
Frankie Gavin: Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, Co. Galway. He started playing the tin whistle at age four, making his first TV appearance three years later. At age ten Frankie began to play fiddle, and at the age of seventeen he placed first in the All Ireland Fiddle Competition and in the All Ireland Flute Competition, both on the same day. Mainly learning by ear, he was strongly influenced by the 78 recordings of Michael Coleman and James Morrison. In 1973 he joined De Dannan, and since then his powerful virtuoso fiddle playing has remained at the core of the De Dannan sound. He has recorded 16 albums with De Dannan, as well as a number of solo albums and three collaborations. He has also guested with The Rolling Stones on their Voodoo Lounge album, with Keith Richards on Wingless Angels and with Earl Scruggs. Gavin continues to be recognized as one of the best fiddlers in Irish music today.
Cora Venus Lunny: Established as one of Ireland's leading classical musicians since her teens, Cora Venus Lunny is active as a soloist, chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary classical music, improvising violinist and composer. Born into a musical family of Irish and German parents in Dublin, Lunny was given her first violin at the age of three, immediately showing a natural aptitude and love for the instrument. From the age of thirteen she studied intensively with highly respected violinists around Europe, including Rimma Sushanskaya, Joji Hattori, Alexander Arenkov, Arkady Futer, Lara Lev and Vladimir Spivakov. A jam with Nigel Kennedy in “Dingle” in 2002 (filmed for a Philip King documentary) resulted in his inviting her to Berlin with his band to play some Polish folk music and a bit of Jimi Hendrix. Subsequently, Lunny accompanied Kennedy on a tour of Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand as second soloist. Lunny's musical travels took her as far as Iceland and the Faeroe Islands, and in 2004, she made her first foray into film score composition for “Sangrail,” an as yet unfinished short. In 2005, she made her debut as a violist in a performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Vladimir Spivakov and the Ulster Orchestra at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. In recent years, she has toured Europe as a classical violinist as well as guested on various albums, most recently the long-awaited 9 from Damien Rice. In 2007, she served on the international jury of the Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona. She is currently working on her own solo recording projects of both classical music and original material.
Robert Harris: Robert Harris is a highly accomplished and versatile percussionist; he is one of the most sought after percussionists on the traditional/world music scene. Harris plays the djembe, bodhrán, congas, dembek, bongos, bones and many other ethnic hand drums. Over the years he has performed and recorded with artists such as Emer Mayock, Eileen Ivers, Moya Brennan, Stocktons Wing, Bill Whelan, Brian Kennedy, Daimen Demsey, Finbar Furey, Mick Moloney, Puck Fair, Grada, Secret Garden, The Bards, The Fleadh Cowboys, Patrick, Mangan, Kevin O'Connor, Martin Nolan, Zoe Conway, Peter Browne, Eoin Duignan, Declan Masterson, Hector Zazou, Sami Moukaddem, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Kila. In 2000 he compiled and released a double album called Pure Bodhrán, a collection of 19 of the leading exponents of the drum from all over Ireland. The album features the first ever recording of the instrument made in 1927. In September 2005 in the Dublin Theatre Festival, he was percussion director of The Story of the Bull by acclaimed theatre company, Fabulous Beast. Harris continues to work on theatre shows and tour to this day.
Mairead Buicke: Limerick born Mairead Buicke graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Prior to her studies in Dublin, Buicke began her vocal training with Aine Nic Ghabhann Kerry, and then with Robert Beare Cork. She has performed in concerts, recitals and operas in such venues as the National Art Gallery of Ireland, the National Concert Hall Dublin, Farmleigh House Dublin, and University Concert Hall Limerick, as well as venues in Italy, Scotland and the USA. In 2004 alone, Buicke won first place in several major singing competitions, was awarded the prestigious Gervase Elwes Cup, was awarded the Bill Canning Memorial Bursary for the most promising young performer in Ireland, took first place in the Belfast Classical Music Bursary and was awarded the RDS bursary. In June of that same year she was a semi finalist as well as a special prize winner at the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna. Then in July Buicke was awarded the Anthony Kearns Vocal Bursary Scholarship for young Irish Singers. Buicke is also a Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholar. She was a student on the 2005-06 courses at the National Opera Studio London where her studies were supported by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, the Robert Vivian Memorial Trust, a Nelly Groner Bursary and Amici di Verdi. She is also a young associated artist with Opera Theatre Company, Ireland , working under the guidance of internationally renowned repetiteur Brenda Hurley. Buicke continues her studies with greatly acclaimed voice teacher Janice Chapman, London.
The Dublin Symphony: The orchestra originated in the early 1960's when a group of musical enthusiasts in Ceoltoiri Craobh and Cheitinigh got together to perform classical music. From this the Dublin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in its present form was established in 1967. From its inception the Orchestra had the twin objectives of providing its members the opportunity to study and perform classical orchestral music, and to stimulate the interest of youth in the area; the orchestra continues to follow these objectives. Since its establishment, the orchestra has grown to be one of the leading non professional orchestras in Dublin. The membership comprises players from a variety of backgrounds, including pre-professional music students, professionals and other players who work in occupations outside of music. The orchestra’s present members include: musical director Fergus O'Carroll and Orchestra leader Aveen McEntee, as well as the bass and string sections.
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