Liam Ó Maonlaí (voice, piano and bodhrán)
Liam learned unconsciously the place of music in the world from his mother at the piano and from his father through singing. In his twenties, he travelled the world with the Hothouse Flowers, with whom he enjoyed seven years of recording and touring. Through his travels, he found himself reconnecting with the aboriginal cultures of the world, including his own.
Maitiú Ó Casaide (whistle, uilleann pipes)
Maitiú is an uilleann piper from Ranelagh, Dublin. He is one of the younger generation of the musical Ó Casaide family and his father Feargus, and uncles formed the band, ‘Na Casaidigh’. He learnt the whistle at Scoil Bhríde primary school and the pipes at ‘Na Píobairí Uilleann’ (NPU), and was further influenced by his days in secondary school in Coláiste Eoin - an Irish speaking stronghold of traditional music in South Dublin. This year Maitiu was award the prestigious TG4 young musicians of the year award. He also features on ‘The Rolling Wave’, a compilation album released by NPU of young upcoming pipers and is a member of the Irish folk band ‘The Bonny Men’ who have recorded two albums to date - ‘The Bonny Men’ and ‘ Moyne Road’.
Cormac Begley (bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas)
Cormac is a concertina player from a well-known west Kerry musical family, and founder of the award winning ‘Tunes in the Church’ live concert series in Galway. He has recently completed a PhD in Psychology at NUI, Galway, where he researched the pressures experienced by adolescent males growing up in Ireland. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Sean O Riada Award for concertina playing. The Irish Times described his playing as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship’ (****, Siobhán Long). To date, he has featured on two acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty (‘Na Fir Bolg’) and the second, featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo) - ‘Tunes in the Church’.
Eithne Ní Chatháin (voice and fiddle player)
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Eithne was surrounded by traditional music and song from an early age. Whilst continuing to explore that rich heritage, she has also branched out to explore many other genres. Performing as Inni-K, she is gaining a considerable following in the indie-folk scene. As well as one traditional song and fiddle album, ‘Eithne’ her first Inni-K album is due for release in 2015.
Peter O Toole (voice, guitar and bouzouki)
Peter began playing music at a young age, first blowing the harmonica and recorder before discovering the joy of stringed instruments. He played bass guitar with Hothouse Flowers, as well as acoustic guitar, mandolin and bouzouki with many great musicians in Ireland and abroad. Peter writes, produces and teaches music.