There are timid bodhran players and there are flamboyant bodhran players – and then there’s Ronan O Snodaigh of Kila who occupies a bodhran head space all of his own. Like a prowling metal guitar warrior, he commands and dominates the stage, physically living every beat and twist of the music.

Donal O’Connor

I first met the O’Connors of Dundalk – specifically Peter, Gerry and Eilish, along with their friend Brendan Malone – in the mid-1970s when they came to Limerick to visit another great Irish musical clan, the Ryans of Murroe. They were friendly warm-hearted people – all of them fiddle players – from what was to some of us a distant …

Eoin and Declan Gillen

Eoin Gillen on banjo and his brother Declan on flute at Sarsfields Bar, Drogheda, during Fleadh Cheoil 2019.


Eoin Murphy and Ruairi Stewart, of the Northern band Cuig on the Fleadh TV stage at the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda. For non-Irish speakers, Cuig means five……which, you’ve guessed correctly, happens to be the number of members in the group. Many people will know them from their song Carry On which they performed on the Aer Lingus video for …

Daragh Lynch, Lankum

Daragh Lynch, of the group Lankum, in full voice on the Fleadh TV stage at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, Drogheda, August 2019.

Eimear Coughlan, Harpist & Violinist

Eimear Coughlan is a renowned harpist and fiddle player from County Clare. She is inheritor to the rich musical heritage of her grandfather, the renowned Clare fiddle player Paddy Canny. She is photographed here performing in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, during the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann.

Honami Kimura, Accordionist

In truth, it’s a rare thing to see an accordion player from Japan performing Irish music on the street of an Irish town of a Sunday afternoon. But here she is – Honami Kimura, a member of the Toyotaro Ceili Band from Tokyo. Proof that Irish music truly has a global reach. #Fleadh2018    

Caitlin McDermot, Dancer

Caitlin McDermot from Monaghan rising to the occasion as she performs with a group of young musicians in a relaxed Sunday afternoon session #Fleadh2018.

Visitors From Scotland

Jigs, reels and a few strathspeys thrown in to flavour up the mix. What’s not to like? #Fleadh2018.