Tom Mathews, Artist, Poet, Writer

I’ve been a fan of Tom Mathews for probably forty years since his brilliantly droll cartoons began appearing in magazines and newspapers. Until recently. however, I didn’t realise that he’s also a singer – well, of sorts. This image was shot at one of Paddy Goodwin’s legendary Drogheda gigs which, over the years,¬†have featured a veritable hall-of-fame of Irish rock …

Kila

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 …

In The Zone

Singer Hughie Friel pauses for a brief moment of reflection at a celebration of the music of The Atrix at the Sugar Club in Dublin. On the cusp of the 1980s, The Atrix was one of the Irish bands deemed most likely to achieve international success. Unfortunately it was not to be. Forty years on, however, they are still fondly …

Eoin and Declan Gillen

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

Cuig

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 …

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.