Tara Breen, a highly talented multi-instrumentalist from Co. Clare, started playing the flute at the tender age of six, and the fiddle at the age of seven. She has achieved All-Ireland titles on fiddle in every age category over the years, culminating with the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Title in 2012. Tara is also an All-Ireland winner on the flute and saxophone. In 2006 Tara won the coveted ‘Fiddler of Dooney’ competition, and in 2009 she added the prestigious ‘Michael Coleman Fiddle Competition’ to her list of accolades. In 2011 Tara won the senior Oireachtas fiddle title, and also in 2011, Tara was chosen to play at Dublin Castle for the Queen of England during her State visit to Ireland.
She was selected by Donal Lunny for the T.V. series, ‘Lorg Lunny’, which culminated in the band Ciorras, and from there went on to join the Galician piper Carlos Núñez, with whom she continues to play on a regular basis throughout Europe. In 2014 Tara joined The Chieftains for their North American tour, and currently plays with them at various venues both at home and abroad. Tara joined the legendary band, Stocktons Wing in 2015. Tara is a founding member of the band Rianta, formerly known as The Trí Tones, who are currently working on launching their second album.
She achieved her Dip. ABRSM in 2007 in classical flute, and also qualified as a Traditional Irish Music teacher with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, achieving her TTCT in 2011. She attended the National University of Ireland, Cork, graduating in 2011 with a BA(Hons) in Music and Arts, and in 2012 graduated with a B Mus. Degree.
John Carty is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. He joins previous acclaimed winners Matt Molloy (Chieftains flautist), Tommy Peoples (Master Fiddler), Mary Bergin (whistle player, Dordan), Máire Ní Chathasaigh (Harpist) and Paddy Keenan (Uilleann Piper), all of whom are considered to be the leading exponents of their instruments within the Irish tradition.
Carty already has three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, two group albums and a sprinkling of recorded tenor guitar and flute music recordings under his belt so it’s little wonder he should have joined such elusive ranks. John is a tutor at the Irish World Academy.
Paddy Glackin, a founding member of Bothy Band, is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading traditional fiddle players of his generation. Born in Dublin he was introduced to traditional music by his father Tom who was a notable fiddle player from the Rosses in Donegal. His primary musical influence is the music of the great Donegal fiddle player John Doherty whom he first met at the age of nine in the Bluestack Mountains. Being reared in Dublin, Paddy was exposed to a wide variety of regional styles that also influenced his music and was hugely encouraged by such players as Sligo flute player John Egan, and Clare fiddler John Kelly.
Paddy is also a noted commentator and lecturer on Irish music. He has etched a reputation as one of our premier fiddlers, steely yet divinely delicate. He adopted his father’s Donegal stylings and has taken a unique route from 1973 All-Ireland fiddle champion to the groundbreaking experimental-trad treasure Hidden Ground with Jolyon Jackson in 1980. He has also recorded extensively and collaborated with a range of musicians including avant-garde composer John Cage, Micheal O Suilleabhain, piper Liam O Flynn, and Donal Lunny. He also played in groups such as Ceoltoiri Laighean and LAPD and is currently a member of Ushers Island. Paddy spent many years as a radio producer with RTE Radio and recently retired as head of the Radio Sport department.
A Colorado, USA native, Joanna Hyde grew up in a musical family, and has travelled throughout the U.S. and Europe to perform and teach at various workshops and concert venues. Beginning with classical music, Joanna quickly expanded her playing to other styles including Irish, bluegrass, Texas swing, and Americana/folk. She spent many summers attending Irish music festivals and camps, where she learned from renowned fiddlers James Kelly, Liz Carroll, Tommy Peoples, and Antóin Mac Gabhann, among others. In 2009 She graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College with a BA in Music, and was recognized with the Music Department’s top performance and academic awards.In 2011, Joanna was selected as one of 10 scholars from across the United States by a panel of distinguished arts professors and professionals to receive the Jack Kent Cook Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award. With this generous scholarship, she moved to Ireland to pursue an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, graduating in 2014. She also taught for BA and MA music programmes during her time in UL. Currently, Joanna teaches music, is a member of The Hydes, named New Group of the Year 2017 by the LiveIreland Awards, and has recently begun touring with Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse) and Dave Curley (Slide) in their trio, One for the Foxes.
Siobhán Peoples is a mighty fiddle player, and a highlight of a trip to Ennis for many a musical tourist has long been the chance to hear her play in a session around town. With the recent release of a duet album with accordion player Murty Ryan, Time On Our Hands, many more people will have the pleasure of hearing her play. She is also a strong argument for a gene of musical talent that’s yet to be found on the DNA maps: her father, of course, is the legendary Tommy Peoples, and her grandmother on her mother’s side was Kitty Linnane, the piano player with the storied Kilfenora Ceili Band. For all that one might expect a certain quest for fame, or sense of self-importance, but Siobhán is interested only in the music. In here own words, she’s “mad for it.” She may be a Clarewoman but Siobhán Peoples is also heir to a peerless Donegal fiddling tradition. The precision and intricacy of her performance of both Clare and Northern music has made her one of our most sought-after fiddlers. She has carved a niche as an outstanding performer and teacher. Siobhan presently lives and plays music in Ennis. There is a huge catalogue of recordings by Siobhán, the most recent being Time on our hands, a collaboration with box-player Murty Ryan. Siobhan is a fiddle tutor on the BA Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy.
**Please note all teachers are subject to change.