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Caitlín & Ciarán

fiddle – concertina – dance

Our debut CD, titled ‘Caitlín & Ciarán’ will be released in April 2015!

Award-winning musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are quickly becoming one of the foremost duets in Ireland today. Their music & dance is rooted in the tradition; full of spirit, soul and life. Together on fiddle, concertina & dance, they breath fire into traditional tunes, combining the two arts with enough chemistry and energy to fire a small steam engine!

Their debut CD ‘Caitlín & Ciarán’ is due out in early April 2015.

“Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán O Maonaigh are two of the finest instrumentalists on the Irish traditional scene. Individually they are stunning but together they bring a freshness and excitement to the music that is uniquely their own. Their recent performance at the Tulla Trad Festival in Co.Clare was the highlight of the weekend for me.” Robbie O’Connell

Caitlín & Ciarán play ‘American Polka':

Of all the many fine Irish traditional albums released in 2012, hers is the best. Caitlín gets my vote as the top Irish traditional album of 2012
Earle Hitchner – Music Writer, The Wall Street Journal

His ability and appetite to play the music in all its bare-boned glory sets Ciarán Ó Maonaigh apart
Siobhán Long – The Irish Times

One of Ireland’s most prodigious fiddling talents
Geoff Wallis – The Rough Guide to Irish Music


Caitlín Nic Gabhann – concertina / dance

Three time All-Ireland champion on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer and in 2009, joined Riverdance as a troupe dancer. Writing tunes since the age of ten, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin. She teaches concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe and USA and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cherish The Ladies, The Kilfenora Ceili Band and for Presidents and Royalty around the world, most recently at ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall, London as a guest of President Michael D. Higgins. Her debut solo CD release, Caitlín was voted the 2012 ‘CD of the Year’ award by as well as being labelled the ‘top Irish traditional album of 2012′ by The Wall Street Journal.

Raised in a house full of music in Co.Meath, Caitlín learned most of her music from her father Antóin Mac Gabhann, a noted fiddler and fiddle teacher and his playing has greatly influenced her style and rhythm. Her mother Bernie is immersed in the Clare set-dancing culture and she passed a love of this on to her children – Caitlín being her dance partner at ceilís from a young age. Bernie and her brother John Murphy have influenced Caitlín’s dancing greatly, as have Willie Keane, Aidan Vaughan and Tommy Browne.


A first class honours graduate of both University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin, Caitlín is currently concentrating on musical collaborations with the award-winning fiddle player and documentary maker, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. She is also involved as musician and dancer with bands NicGaviskey, Birkin Tree, The Irish Concertina Ensemble and original theatre production Mag Mell


Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – fiddle

A former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by his extended family; his grandfather and teacher Francie Mooney, Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Derry fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin as well as the Donegal fiddle legend John Doherty amongst others.

Ciarán first album Ceol a’Ghleanna/The Music of the Glen was released in 2004. He is also a member of the band Fidil along with Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan, and they have released 3 acclaimed albums. Fidil, released in June 2008, was described by Irish Music Magazine as “One of the most challanging and beautifully austere albums of the last fifty years”, 3 was released in 2009 and was awarded both a 5 star review and CD of the week in The Irish Times. In 2011 The Old Wheel of Fortune was released with Songlines magazine declaring it “one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade.”

Ciarán’s music has been used in films, on television and on radio programmes including the award winning short film Noreen written by Domhnall Gleeson and starring Brendan Gleeson.

In the television industry, Ciarán works mostly in the field of music documentary making. He has produced music documentary’s for TG4 including – Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and the acclaimed John Doherty – Ar Leirg na Gaoithe, which was awarded the Celtic Media Award for Best Arts Documentary in the Celtic countries in 2013. In 2009 he presented, produced and directed an hour long documentary for TG4 on his late grandfather entitled Francie Mooney – Áit i Mo Chroí. He has worked as a production co-ordinator, researcher and presenter on numerous television series’ for TG4 and RTÉ television and radio such as Sé Mo Laoch, Cérbh É, Cérbh Í, The Raw Bar, Geantraí, The Full Set and Ceolta Chiaráin.

Ciarán is currently involved in the new Irish music theatre production Mag Mell, and is collaborating musically with the award-winning concertina player and dancer Caitlín Nic Gabhann.



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