Featured on over 400 albums, Tommy Hayes has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music for over 40 years. He has been a member of countless ground-breaking ensembles throughout his career, including being a founding member of Stockton’s Wing and the original percussionist with Riverdance. He is a highly sought-after teacher for workshops and masterclasses worldwide, and has been the bodhrán tutor at the Dublin Institute of Technology for eight years.
In addition to his impressive career as a performer and teacher, he also holds a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. He has a private music therapy practice with a focus on mental health, and is a guest lecturer on the MA Music Therapy course in the University of Limerick.
Jim hails from Renmore in Galway. Born into a musical family, he went on to study music in University College Cork under Micheal O Suilleabhain amongst others. While in Cork, Jim caught ‘the bodhran bug’, playing alongside players such as Mel Mercier, Colm Murphy and Frank Torpey. During this period Jim was an active member of ‘The Stunning’ rock band playing trumpet and keyboards as well as percussion. He went on to play drums with fellow Galwegians ‘The Sawdoctors’ following a four year stint with ‘The Riverdance Show’ which took him around the world.
He is an honorary member of the Donegal based traditional group ‘Altan’ having recorded and toured extensively with them for the last fifteen years from the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. He has recorded and performed with such luminaries as Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Liam O’Flynn, Donal Lunny, Bill Whelan, Martin O’Connor and Lunasa. Jim also specializes in ethnic percussion encompassing the djembe, the darabukkas, the dumbeq and the mbira.
Portlaoise-born Colm has been playing the Bodhrán since childhood and has been a prominent contender in the All Ireland competition since his earliest years of playing. He is a winner of numerous medals down through the years with his proudest achievements being the first ever World Bodhran Champion, in Miltown, Co Kerry in 2006, and in the same year winning the All Ireland in Letterkenny for the second year in succession. This back-to-back achievement was closely echoed in his unique multiple Ceili Band drum competition successes. An All Ireland Champion on both Bodhran and Ceili Band drums is no mean feat.
Colm graduated with a BA in Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 2011 and in MA in Irish Music performance in 2016. In 2012, Colm released his solo CD “Full Cirlce” which was described has having “thrills and spills by the dozen and is a roller coaster ride of jaw dropping and breath-taking proportions, clearly going where no bodhrán player has gone before” – John O’Regan, Irish Music Magazine
He is one of the most sought after Bodhran tutors in Irish Music. His teaching ability has seen him lead Bodhrán workshops in France, Germany, Finland, Holland, UK, Italy, USA, at Junior Daveys Bodhran School in Sligo and at ‘Craiceann’. In 2016, Colm co-founded the International Bodhrán school “Búla Buzz” alongside Robbie Walsh. The school runs annually in Dublin and attracts students from all over the world.
*Please note all teachers are subject to change.