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Ross Davison is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and performer.
Ross began his musical life as a saxophonist, and quickly added Highland Bagpipes, Uilleann Bagpipes, and Tin Whistle to his arsenal of instruments.
As a Highland Bagpiper, Ross currently plays with the Grade 1 Ottawa Police Services Pipes and Drums, a prize-winning ensemble that has secured top placings at piping competitions throughout North America.
He is a former Pipe Major of the Glengarry Pipe Band which he developed from a Grade 5 into a Grade 3 ensemble and led to a 6th place finish at the World Pipe Band Championships held in Glasgow in 2013. He is a Grade 1 soloist and competes at the Senior Amateur level in Piobaireachd.
Ross is an accomplished Uilleann Piper. He has gold medals from the Great Lakes Feis and the Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada.
He has researched the playing styles of Paddy Keenan, Jerry O’Sullivan, and Blackie O’Connell and negotiated a residency learning the craft of uilleann pipe and reed making with Bruce Childress.
Ross has completed a Masters in Education as well Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance, (Saxophone) and Music Theory and History.
He has performed with the Chieftains, Wolfstone, Paddy Kelly, Greg T. Brown and others.
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Although born in London, Tad’s family roots are firmly in Ireland – his family hails from Castlebar in County Mayo. His musical life started, as it does for many, by learning the piano as a child. He then rediscovered his early love of Irish music in his mid-teens and started on the bodhrán, the Irish drum. It took many years of attending sessions, those informal gatherings of traditional musicians so strong throughout the diaspora, under the watchful eye and tutelage of such luminaries as Mick O’Connor, to learn about the music and develop his technique. Then, in 2008, he took up the bouzouki, an instrument he loves and which he was almost destined to play; the right-hand techniques learned painstakingly on the bodhrán transfer directly to it and he is noted for his driving percussive style and the ability to create complex and changing rhythm patterns when backing melodic lines. He can also be seen playing guitar at many gigs.
Now a full time professional, Tad has worked with many well-known and respected musicians, both in the studio and in live performance: bands include Barrule, Celtic Crossroads, The Bible Code Sundays and The Long Notes and he has worked with individuals including Cara Dillon, Luke Daniels, Sylvain Barou, Kristina Train and Jody Talbot. He was a member of Ranagri for five years and together they collaborated with Tony Christie, he of ‘Amarillo’ fame, on the latter’s album “The Great Irish Song Book” released in 2015. He is a founder member of the acclaimed CrossHarbour, whose eponymous first album was released in 2014. Currently he is working on a recording project with Loïc Bléjean, the noted Breton uilleann piper, which is due for release in the autumn of 2016.
In the summer of 2016 he was part of the team at The Globe Theatre in London for the highly praised production of “The Taming of the Shrew”, directed by Caroline Byrne. He was one of the four musicians integral to the action, opening both halves of the play, to the delight of the audience!
Through his work he has played now played all over Europe and the USA and at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK – The Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre among others. His festival appearances include Glastonbury, The Hop Farm, Cambridge Folk Festival and the Annual Irish Festival in London’s Trafalgar Square. There have also been numerous appearances on TV and radio, for the BBC and many other broadcasters in both the UK and across Europe.
Other notable recordings include “Manannan’s Cloak” for Barrule and the 2010 John Landis film “Burke and Hare”, starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.
Tad is also highly committed to passing on the tradition to the next generation, young though he is! He teaches bodhrán, bouzouki, guitar, tin whistle (beginners) and piano and is the resident bodhrán and accompaniment tutor at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith.
Loïc Bléjean is from Brittany, that ancient land in the north-west of modern France, first settled by humans thousands of years ago, steeped in history and tradition and whilst his music is informed by his native culture, his love, if not that over-used word ‘passion’, is for the Irish tradition – he is a uilleann piper and low whistle player of high renown. One Breton website describes him as piper étoilé, a just and entirely fair description!
Loïc is technically brilliant and supremely musical on both instruments. His playing is characterised by a crisp clean style, with wonderful clarity in the separation of the notes; on the other hand he can pull from them the evocative, almost mournful and eerie sounds so loved by aficionados. And he is a perfectionist – the uilleann pipes are notoriously moody in their tuning, but his intonation is always flawless, a delight to hear.
He started playing the pipes in 1989, under the tuition of Alain Le Hegarat and then travelled extensively in Ireland, where he met many wonderful musicians, but he cites the Cork master piper Brendan Ring as a particular and deep influence. Since those early days he has developed an extraordinary versatility and adaptability which has enabled him collaborate and work with a wide variety of musicians and in many different styles; residencies at the world famous McGurk’s in St Louis, Missouri, with fiddler Paul Flynn and singer/guitarist David Muldrew, membership of influential bands, pop-rock Glaz, the French-Canadian Gwazigan and, since 2007, he has been a part of Carré Manchot, one of the leading ‘fez-noz’ (meaning ‘night festival’ in Breton) bands, bringing the Irish pipes to the fine art of Breton dance music. Notable work in Ireland includes the “Session with the Pipers” concert series at the Cobblestone in Dublin and the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh, invited to do both in 2009 and again in 2013, the first time with his younger brother Ronan on the button accordion, the second with Louisa Bennion, the noted New York concertina player.
His ability to grasp and understand other genres has led to performances with Ars’ys, the modern Breton composer Hervé Lesvenan’s trio comprising church pipe organ, soprano saxophone and uilleann pipes, the progressive rock band Children in Paradise and with the exiting jazz band the Boclé Brothers, with whom he recorded the album ‘Rock The Boat’, released in 2015.
He currently tours as a solo artist, giving concerts, workshops and masterclasses, and in duos with close musical partners, brother Ronan, Louisa Bennion and Tad Sargent, the London based bouzouki and bodhrán virtuoso. He has recently recorded an album with Tad, due for release in the autumn of 2016.
During the summer of 2016 he was one of the four musicians integral to the massively acclaimed production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, directed by Caroline Byrne and part of Emma Rice’s triumphant first season as Artistic Director. He and Tad Sargent opened both halves of the play, delighting the ‘groundling’ audience with foot-tapping jigs and reels.
He is a good organiser too, something rare enough among great musicians! In 2009 he and Ronan founded the ‘Irish Rendez Vous’ Festival, held on the north coast of Brittany, to promote Irish traditional music of the very best. Oh, and he has one other, um, ‘passion’ – slightly worn and well used Mercedes motor cars……
Friday, June 9
Steafan and Saskia & the Clan Hannigan
- $20 Adult/$15 Student
- Children Under 12 Free
- Open Session to Follow
Saturday, June 10
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ceili dance led by Jackie O'Riley
- 8:45pm - 10:00pm
- $20 Adult/$15 Student
- Children Under 12 Free
- Open Session to Follow
Sunday, June 11
- 7:00 pm - 9:00pm
- Free Admission
- Children Under 12 Free
- Open Session to Follow
Steafan Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins moved to Canada 10 years ago from England with their three children, Oisin (18), Eile (16) & Ayisha (13). Steafan, from Northern Ireland and Saskia, from England, met in the UK and have been performing together for 20 years, and when the children arrived, they naturally accompanied their parents to gigs. After a while, it was obvious the children wanted to share the stage so Clan Hannigan was born. They have played across Ontario and highlights include Massey hall ( with the Chieftains, ) Blueskys Festival, St Patricks Day @ Tranzac club , collaborations with The Peterborough Singers , Toronto Tabla Ensemble and upcoming work with the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir ( Feb 2017 ) They toured in 2010 in the Czech Republic and Austria, were featured as a gaelic speaking Family in 4th Line Theatre plays: “The Cavan Blazers” and “The Winslows of Derryvore”, They are regular featured performers at Lang Pioneer Village on special events, and were the guests for the Illumination at Sharon Temple last year.
Oisin took to hitting drums as soon as he could crawl and won Comhaltas Mid Atlantic Bodhran champion in 2009. He also plays hand percussion and kit. He recently Played Massey Hall as a percussionist inPaul Beaubrun’s group supporting Lauryn Hill.
Eile and Ayisha both have taken to singing and Irish dancing, with an interest, in traditional songs, as well as contemporary songs. They are also champions coming 1st & 2nd in the Comhaltas Mid Atlantic Competition, in traditional singing.
Steafan plays over 40 instruments, many of which he has featured on albums or live by major artists such as Loreena Mckinnett, Oliver Schroer, James Keelaghan Stephen Fearing Il Divo, Julian Lloyd Weber, Pete Lockett, Bjork, Depeche Mode, Gary Barlow, Uriah Heep, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, John Kirkpatrick, Luke Daniels, Sin É, LinnTilla, Eileen McGann, Band of Hope, Lammas, Tim Garland, Brian Willoghby from the Strawbs, Jeff Martin (Tea Party , The Afro-celts , and Bjork. He is a respected teacher of Irish Traditional Music, having written the Low Whistle Book and DVD as well as The Bodhran Book and DVD. Having completed the music and sound effects for a 26 pisode animation, The legend of Ponnivalla now airing on ATN; he is a freelance musician and photographer.
Saskia is also a respected teacher and player of the violin, viola and nyckelharpa. She has played with countless artists in many genres, including Uriah Heep, Caroline Lavelle ( Loreenna McKennitt) Ron Korb, and Robb Johnson, and is currently works as the bowed strings musician at 4th Line Theatre, principle viola in the Northumberland Orchestra and 1⁄2 of the duo “2ish” (both albums are on iTunes). Together, they also play with Lakefield singer Marsala Lukianchuk, in the Irish trio Cairdeas, and have two albums, including a Christmas CD.
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Torrin began playing music at the age of 6 on the recorder, and soon switched over to traditional Irish music on the tin whistle at age 9. After seeing master uilleann piper Cillian Vallely perform with Lúnasa, he began to learn the pipes himself.
He has competed in numerous Mid-Atlantic Fleadhs where he’s won first place on both whistle and pipes several times. In Ireland, he has competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh held in Tullamore and Derry and is the 2013 All-Ireland Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs champion. At home, Torrin previously attended the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Boston Music School where he is now a teacher, is a regular at the Northeast Uilleann Pipers Tionól, and is a member of the Boston Uilleann Piper’s Club.
He has been influenced by many of the different styles of piping that were prominent throughout history as well as many modern and younger pipers, and likes to incorporate what he has learned from historical recordings and modern pipers into his own playing.
Torrin’s never-ending studies of Irish traditional music include examining mediums such as antique cylinder recordings, old vinyl records, numerous old and new books of tunes, as well as personal meetings and sessions with many local and far away masters of the tradition. He’s also had valuable opportunities to study the playing and maintaining of the pipes through several events like Catskills Irish Arts week, the Northeast Tionól held in New York, and the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina.
Oisín Hannigan was born in Wolverton, England, took to hitting drums as soon as he could crawl and learned his chops sharing the stage with his parents Steáfán Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins. Oisín has been teaching and playing at a professional level since the age of eleven, some of his past successes include: winning the Comhaltus Mid Atlantic Bodhrán championship in 2009, playing with the Chieftains, once at the age of 9 at Massey Hall, and once again at Roy Thomson Hall age 11.
Recent projects include: Opening for Lauryn Hill at Venues including Massey Hall in Toronto, and Radio City Music Hall in New York City with Award winning musician Paul Beaubrun (with Aubrey Dayle, Brad Cheeseman, and Rich Brown), Playing with Juno Award winner Divine Brown at her Christmas special, Playing in David Newland's Band “Uncharted Waters”, Recording for multiple Gemini Award winning composer Donald Quan on his soundtrack for the T.V series “Star Hunter”, and soon to be working with Juno award winner Tanika Charles.
Oisín is also in the process of recording an album with his family band “Clan Hannigan” where he is making his debut as a singer.
As a young man Hannigan began performing at festivals and local events, playing the Uilleann pipes, tin whistle and percussion instruments. In 1991 he and Simon Care performed the soundtrack for a BBC radio play, Voyage of the Swallows, by Eric Pringle. In 1992 he won an All-Britain Uillean pipe award. In 1994 he published an instructional book, Bodhrán Basics
Hannigan founded the Steafan Hannigan Band, which later became the Irish band Sin É. The band released two albums, Sin É and It's About Time. The group performed internationally, including at Lincoln Center in New York in 1997. Hannigan opened Oisin Studios in Milton Keynes, England, and produced a number of albums, including Tig (Serious Kitchen), and Not to Scale (Kerfuffle). While there he was interviewed by Irish Music Magazine in 1999.
In 1999, Hannigan and Sin É released an album in the United States, Deep Water Dropoff on the RCA label.
As well as fronting his own band, Hannigan performed widely with other artists and bands, including Depeche Mode Bjork, Aessia D'Andrea, and Band of Hope. He played various instruments on the albums of many bands and singers (see the discography section below).
In 2000 he published another instructional book, The Low Whistle Book, with David Ledsam.
Hannigan met and married violinist Saskia Tomkins. In 2008, after moving to Canada, Hannigan and Tomkins formed a band called Cairdeas (Friends) with singer Elizabeth Barlow, and independently released an album of Irish songs and tunes, Generous Lover. Barlow was later replaced by Marsala Lukianchuk, and the band released a second album, Christmas by Candlelight. The pair continued to perform both together and separately with various Canadian groups.
During his career Hannigan has performed and presented workshops at many festivals and other music-related venues.
In 2011 Hannigan performed The Brendan Voyage, by Shaun Davey, the only classical suite written especially for uilleann pipes, accompanied by the Northumberland Orchestra in Cobourg. Hannigan was the sound editor and audio effects creator for the 26 part animated film series Legend of Ponnivala, released in 2013. In 2014 he created an original score for the Capital Theatre production of Driving Miss Daisy in Cobourg.