Son of the celebrated fiddler Gerry O’Connor and renowned singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Dónal O’Connor has inherited a musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing and countless generations of traditional singing. Highly regarded as a musician, composer and producer, the Irish Times calls him “immaculate”, “electrifying” and “…born out of naked talent and consummate professionalism.” He has toured the world from a young age as both a lead and backing instrumentalist with a number of bands including Lá Lugh, At First Light, Ulaid and the Irish song super group A Stór Mo Chroí.
Awarded with the prestigious Gradam Ceoil TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2021, Sorcha Costello is a traditional Irish fiddle player from Tulla Co. Clare. Hailing from a family emerged in traditional Irish music, she performs mainly as a solo artist but is also part of other musical collaborations which includes a duet with her mother, Mary MacNamara. While Sorcha’s style of fiddle playing is rooted in East Clare, she has been strongly influenced by musicians such as Frankie Gavin, Brian Rooney, and Tommy Potts. She is now practising as a qualified Music Therapist but also continues to perform and teach traditional music.
Please note: all workshops are intermediate & advanced level. Sorcha and Dónal will be leading their own workshops separately and simultaneously. Tutors will be allocated at the sole discretion of the organisers.