Martin Tourish is a Dublin-based accordionist, composer and academic originally from Co. Donegal. Listed in The Rough Guide to Ireland as one of the leading piano accordionists in the country and featured in The Rough Guide to Irish Folk Vol. 2, in 2008, he was named “Young Musician of the Year” by TG4.
In 2014, Martin was awarded a PhD for his research into style in Irish traditional music. Shortly after, he became a member of the band Altan, with whom he performs internationally. In recent years, Martin has recorded film music for the Naxos label with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, played venues such as The Royal Albert Hall with The Chieftains, The Grand Ole Opry with Altan and Ricky Skaggs, the 02 Arena with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and presented an episode of the traditional music television show Geantraí.
As a composer, his works have been performed by amongst others: Altan, Martin Hayes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Triona Marshall, The Contempo Quartet, and Paddy Moloney.
As an author, Martin edited Altan: The Tunes (2015), the only collection of Donegal music in print, containing 222 pieces along with the history of each piece. He has also produced two books of arrangements for Universal Edition: Celtic Accordion (2016) and Celtic Ensemble (2017).
Cormac De Barra is a harper, arranger and television presenter from a well known family steeped in the Irish tradition and language and is the third-generation of harpers in the family. He initially learned the instrument from his grandmother before going on to study in the US.
He tours with a variety of influential artists including Moya Brennan, Clannad, Hazel O’Connor, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, and Julie Feeney, has recorded with Brian Kennedy and even performed for the Emperor and Empress of Japan at their palace in Tokyo. On television, he has presented the award winning Irish language cultural shows Flosc and Imeall.
Eamonn Galdubh is a piper, flute player and multi-instrumentalist who holds All-Ireland medals, a teaching diploma from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, a Masters degree in Music Performance with first class honours, and is currently pursuing his PhD research into Irish music during the Baroque period. His study of jazz music and other world music genres in combination with Irish music has led to him performing and recording with a wide range of artists, including Clannad, Riverdance, Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey, Ragús, Niamh Ní Charra, Celtic Woman, Hazel O Connor, Tarab, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Jiggy, Druid Theatre and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He has performed in over forty countries across five continents with venues ranging from the Kremlin Palace Theatre to a stage set up in front of the pyramids at Giza. As a composer his work has been performed and recorded by artists including Moya Brennan and Zoe Conway.