Moya Brennan is widely regarded as The First Lady of Celtic Music and with a career that spans thirty years, she is one of Ireland’s greatest music ambassadors. Having completed her studies at The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Moya joined her brothers in forming Clannad in 1970, who would go on to become world renowned. Clannad have sold over fifteen million albums worldwide and are most well known for “Theme from Harry’s Game”, “Legend”, “In a Lifetime” and “Down by the Sally Gardens”. In 1992 Moya released her first solo record and she has gone on to sell over twenty million albums. Moya has collaborated with Bono, Robert Plant, Hans Zimmer, The Chieftains, Paul Brady and Van Morrison amongst many others, and she has recounted her experiences in the music business in her autobiography “The Other Side of the Rainbow”. Moya continues to tour and record extensively and is also committed to the various charities with which she is involved.
Official website: www.moyabrennan.com
Nick first came to prominence as the singer and songwriter with his band The Fat Lady Sings, with whom he released two lauded major label albums and toured the world in the early 1990s. Nick’s first solo album “Between Trapezes” won him the accolade of Best Solo Male Artist at the 1999 Heineken / Hot Press Irish Music Critics Awards. His follow-up “Running Dog” was nominated for Irish Album of The Year at the inaugural Choice Music Prize in 2005, and his most recent album “Nine Lives” (2010), released under his musical alter ego Alien Envoy, was the culmination of GESTATION, an unique 9 month project during which Nick performed and recorded alternative versions of his new material at a series of live shows in Dublin, then uploaded the results online so that the public could follow the evolution of the songs. In recent years, Nick has also developed a promising career as an award-winning screenwriter and director, culminating in his third short film “Shoe” getting shortlisted to the last 10 films in contention for the Live Action Short Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards. He also has a parallel creative life as one of Ireland’s most celebrated advertising creatives. His many notable achievements as a copywriter include persuading Roy Keane to dress up as a giant leprechaun (for Walkers Crisps), Michael Fassbender to swim from Ireland to America (for Guinness), the Green Party to make a General Election broadcast entirely free of politicians, and AIB to sacrifice their own advertising budgets to fund TV ads for their small business customers instead. He is qualified solicitor, and has at various times worked as a video games journalist, a tennis coach, a college lecturer and an extra on “The Bill”.
Fiachna Ó Braonáin
Fiachna Ó Braonáin was born in Dublin, Ireland.. a child of the sixties! Raised on a childhood diet of traditional Irish music, language and song his teenage years brought him into the wild waters of blues guitar and rock ‘n roll. Having had his mind blown by traditional music sessions in the Dún an Óir hotel in Kerry, in the Geantraí of the Cultúrlann and in the halls and passageways of Coláiste Eoin he witnessed Alexis Korner talking about Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and early Rolling Stones on the BBC. Something gave, and his mothers Spanish guitar became the focus of his existence. From then on, jumping between jigs, reels and sean nós to stripping paint off the walls with electric guitar solos became the order of the day… and the night. His musical exploits with Ireland’s Hothouse Flowers are well documented and his more recent adventures stepping from side to centre stage with his new band PreNup fulfil many lifelong urges.. urges to grow and renew, to write and rewrite, to sing and to play.. to create! Based in recent years in Paris, France, a city with which he has a lifelong love affair he is currently writing new songs, working on music for TV and developing his latest music project, Afric, in which he is blending traditional Irish and South African music. He is also carving out a niche for himself as a presenter on Ireland's national broadcaster.. RTE Radio 1.
First appearing on television on the Late Late Show aged ten years old and signing her first record deal aged just twelve, Luan Parle can certainly be considered as one of Ireland’s musical prodigies. Her debut album “Free” was released in Ireland in 2007 and Luan went on to win the 2007 Meteor Award for Best Irish Female and the Tatler Award for Music Woman of the Year 2007/08. Luan has gone on to work with established songwriters including Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Madonna), Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, INXS) and Stephen Lironi (Bon Jovi, Hanson, Lloyd Cole). Even Michael Jackson considered himself a fan of Luan’s and wanted to cover her song “Why Baby Why”. Having been signed to a major label early in her career, Luan has chosen to go the independent route with her latest album “The Full Circle” released through her own record label LPR.
Official website: www.luanparle.com
Colm Quearney, often known as 'Q', is one of Ireland's most talented song writers and musicians. In addition to releasing three acclaimed solo albums, he is a former member of legendary Irish bands Lír and Dragonfly. Colm is also the head of song writing at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM). From Kilbarrack in Dublin, Colm has performed with Cathey Davey, Damien Dempsey, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Mundy and Mark Geary, and has played guitar and co-written songs with Jerry Fish, The Pale and Bronagh Gallagher. Colm performs widely throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and the U.S and also works from his studio The Qube Analogue & Digital in the North Strand area of Dublin. Colm on songwriting: "Songwriting is a process, a vocation, an apprenticeship, a release, an expression, a craft and many more things to different songwriters. Like any other highly skilled craft, it needs to be worked at. Some songwriters say songs appear in a matter of minutes fully formed, and sometimes they do. They don't say that they spent years practicing various aspects of their craft getting themselves ready for that moment when the song just ‘appears’. Ultimately, when it comes to it, there are no rules or guidebook. As soon as a songwriter sets a new precedent, it’s there to be broken!"
Fiachra Trench is one of Ireland’s best known composers and arrangers. He began his career in London in 1969, working there as an arranger, composer, musical director and producer, and returned to his native Ireland in 1991. Fiachra has worked on such films as Pearl Harbour, The Boxer, Die Hard and Twelfth Night and has collaborated with many of the leading lights of Irish music including Altan, Paul Brady, The Chieftains, The Corrs, Shaun Davey, Phil Lynott, Van Morrison and Sinead O’Connor. In addition, his original compositions have been performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Fiachra continues to live and work in County Wicklow and, in addition to many other projects, is also the musical director and pianist with The Carmel McCreagh Band.
Malachy Tuohy is the lead vocalist, writer and guitarist with The Riptide movement. The band got together in 2006 and self released two albums, 'What about the tip jars' in 2009 and 'Keep on keepin' on' in 2012. Their third album 'Getting Through' landed them a deal with Universal Music, a No1 album in the Irish Charts, gold sales status, and a Choice Music Prize nomination for best album with 'Getting Through' and best song with 'All works out'. Hit single 'All works out' was voted 'song of the summer' in 2014 by Today fm listeners, it was also picked up by Discover Ireland for their soundtrack to their TV and radio advertisements and it is currently been used by NBC's 'Today Show' in the USA. Having won over their countrymen and gained attention in the UK with support slots to The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Neil Young and appearances at Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, T in the Park and Bennicassim, third album 'Getting Through' has just been released internationally, the Riptide Movement are hotly tipped as Ireland's next international breakthrough band.
Mal on songwriting: 'There's no better sense of freedom than to be able to sit down with a pen and allow your soul to bleed out and there's no better sense of satisfaction when bringing it all to life through melody and song