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Brid Dunne

Bríd Dunne is an accomplished fiddler from Co. Limerick. She began to play the fiddle at 4, and learned her music from her father Mickey Dunne, the well-known piper from Limerick who is part of a rich cultural heritage of travelling musicians. For generations, the Dunne’s traveled the country playing fiddles and pipes at any social events (football matches, markets days, fairs), and inspired many well-known musicians. Bríd has performed across Ireland, North America and Europe with many formidable artists, and is a regular session musician in her home city of Limerick. In 2005, she recorded a CD with her father and sister (Niamh Dunne of Beoga) called Legacy, which celebrated the rich musical heritage in her family. Bríd graduated with a First Class Honours Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2008. Bríd is also a well-respected classical violinist; she received a high achievers award from the Associated Board of the Royal Irish Schools of Music in 2002, and currently performs with the University of Limerick Orchestra. Bríd is an occupational therapist and PhD researcher and combines her professional career with her interest in Irish traditional music. Bríd’s fiddle playing is recognised for its ‘tonal quality’ (Irish Music Review) and was described by Finbar Fury as having a ‘superb style of playing the fiddle she is without a second thought, a gifted player of Irish music'.