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Padraig McGovern

Delighted to welcome back Padraig this year again. Padraig hails from Ballymagovern, a townland in the Cavan-Leitrim border area. His music reflects this placement with influences of both counties evident. Padraig was taught by master piper P.J. Flood from Belturbet, Co. Cavan and heavily influenced by the Button accordionist Vincent Tighe. In conjunction with this, he developed his music as a member of the Ceolas Céili Band under the tutorship of Fr. John Quinn (P.P. Gortletteragh) and session playing with many renowned Leitrim musicians at festivals all over the county.

Padraig is a noted researcher, teacher and performer. He released a highly acclaimed album with Peter Carberry in 2013 called ‘Forgotten Gems’ the title referring to many of the forgotten tunes revived and recorded from the Leitrim, Longford and midlands area. He is a widely respected teacher having taught for many years at the ‘Joe Mooney Summerschool’, ‘Scoil Éigse’, and more recently ‘The William Kennedy Piping Festival’ in Armagh. He has toured extensively with CCÉ and performed with many household names such as Téada, Dervish, Lúnasa, Peter Carberry, Dave Sheridan and many others.


Martin Crossin, Uilleann Pipes, Ceol na Coille Summer School, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Paul Harrigan, Ceol na Coille, Summer School, Irish Music, Traditional Music, Summer SchoolMartin Crossin

Making a welcome return this year to our tutor panel is Martin Crossin. Martin is based in Milford, Co. Donegal. Originally from Belfast, his interest in music developed from an early age. Martin describes Belfast as one of those pockets of the country where there was a thriving community of uilleann pipers. His passion for music, and the uilleann pipes in particular, led to him gaining an All Ireland title and ultimately to making his own pipes. Martin has taught workshops all over the country and has helped nurture up and coming local musicians by providing lessons and a supply of his own hand made instruments.