Alan Finn, the band’s leader, is an accordion and fiddle player from Buttevant, Co. Cork. He began playing music at the age of five, learning from his cousin Maggie McCarty, and from very early on, attended local music sessions in the North Cork area. He has many All-Ireland titles to his name, not only as leader of the Awbeg Céilí Band, but also in solo, duet and trio competitions. He has toured Europe and America, most notably playing for President Barack Obama in the White House on St. Patrick’s Day. Alan now teaches music and he has coached his students, grupaí ceoil and céilí bands to All-Ireland success.
Hailing from Buttevant in Co. Cork, Mairéad Fitzgibbon is a fiddle player, pianist and vocalist. She began playing music at the age of 9. She has a background in a number of different musical styles and this is reflected in her fiddle playing. In 2006, she graduated from University College Cork with a first class honours degree in Music. She has travelled Europe extensively playing and teaching music. She was a member of the All-Ireland winning Awbeg Céilí Band and has a number of Munster and All-Ireland titles including those with The Shandrum Céilí Band. Mairéad currently works in Limerick as a secondary school maths and music teacher.
Mikie O’Gorman is a fiddle player who hails from a strong musical family in Boherbue, Co. Cork. He began learning the fiddle when he was 9 years old, becoming well versed in the local Sliabh Luachra style of fiddle playing. He was a member of the Maule Cross Céilí Band who went on to have great success at county, provincial and All-Ireland level. He also claimed All-Ireland honours in the 15-18 trio competition of Fleadh Cheoil 2009 with two other members of that band, including his brother Billy. Mikie currently works as a primary school teacher in Ballincollig, Co. Cork and is a prominent fiddle player and teacher in Co. Cork and beyond.
Eddie Kiely is a fiddle player from Boherbue, Co.Cork. He started playing music at the age of 8, learning from Buttevant musician, Alan Finn. He later joined the Freemount branch of Comhaltas winning All-Ireland medals with the u15 Crossfields Céilí Band and with an u18 grúpa ceoil, both under the guidance of Alan Finn. He also performed in the National Concert Hall in the 2014 final of Siansa Gael Linn with the group Lasair. Eddie is currently studying to become a primary school teacher and teaches with the Freemount and Charleville branches of Comhaltas.
Brian O’Loughlin was born and raised in the north Clare village of Corofin. From a strong musical family, he started the flute at the age of 8. At 11 years of age, he won his first All-Ireland solo title and duet title with his brother Keith. He also had numerous All-Ireland successes in the underage céilí band competitions, being a member of the Inis Óg Céilí Band under the direction of Padraic O’Reilly. In 2015, Brian released an album with French piper Tom Delany, accompanied by West Kerry’s Dessie Kelleher on guitar. Brian now resides in Ennis where he is a much sought after performer and teacher.
Timmy Collins is a flute player and set dancer from Kiskeam, Co. Cork. A native of Sliabh Luachra, he has been heavily influenced by the musicians of this unique style of traditional Irish music. His interest in céilí bands began in his teens when dancing at céilithe and playing with the Maule Cross Céilí Band. He has competed and often championed at All-Ireland level competitions, in both music and dancing, such as Fleadh, Siansa and Scór. As a fluent Irish speaker, Timmy is currently finishing the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas in NUI Galway to become a secondary school teacher in Irish and Mathematics.
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Keith O’Loughlin was born in Corofin, Co Clare, an area rich in the Irish music tradition. He comes from a very musical family and started playing the banjo at the age of 8 under the tutelage of Marcus Moloney. He competed with success in the All-Ireland Fleadh on a number of occasions in solo, duet and trio competitions and with the Burren and Inis Óg céilí bands and groups. Keith regularly teaches at workshops both in Ireland and abroad and he can be found playing all over Clare and at various festivals around the country throughout the year.
Tadgh O’Sullivan is a concertina player from Millstreet, Co.Cork. He started playing music at the age of 9, learning from Lixnaw musician, Anne McAuliffe. He later joined the Freemount branch of Comhaltas winning All-Ireland medals with the u15 Crossfields Céilí Band and with an u18 grúpa ceoil, both under the guidance of Alan Finn. He also performed in the National Concert Hall in the 2014 final of Siansa Gael Linn with the group Lasair. Tadgh is currently studying to become a primary school teacher and teaches with the Millstreet, Kiskeam and Emly branches of Comhaltas.
Aileen O’Callaghan is a piano player from Mallow in North Cork. She took up music at a very early age and went on to study Music at University College Cork before completing her training in Education in 2014. She has had huge success with céilí bands, having played the fiddle with the 2012 All-Ireland Champions, The Awbeg Céilí Band. She has been teaching piano and concertina for the past 14 years. She has performed across Europe including England, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. Aileen currently teaches Maths and Music at St. Aloysius Secondary School, Cork.
Ger Naughton is a musician from Newtownshandrum in Co. Cork. He is a recent graduate of Architecture having studied in University College Cork, and is now a practicing Architect. Ger has played music practically all his life. He started learning the concertina at the age of 6 from Con Herbert, competing in the Fleadh Cheoil almost every year since in underage solo, group and band competitions. Ger also plays the bodhrán, drums and bouzouki, which he teaches at several local Comhaltas branches and performs at gigs, concerts and céilithe regularly throughout the country.