Dónal Lunny is popularly regarded as having being central to the renaissance of Irish Music over the last three decades. Since the seventies Dónal has had involvement with some of the most innovative bands to emerge from Ireland including Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, and more recently Mozaik. He has toured across the world, collaborating with musicians of many different cultures.
Paddy Glackin, also a founding member of Bothy Band, is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading traditional fiddle players. A Dublin man proud of his strong links to County Donegal. His father, Tom Glackin was a notable fiddle player and instilled in Paddy a deep interest and love of the music of his native county-Donegal.
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill is most often spoken of as a key member of some of the most influential bands in the evolution of Irish traditional music since the 1970s; groups like SKARA BRAE, The BOTHY BAND, RELATIVITY and Nightnoise. Her singing and multi-instrumental playing form a cornerstone of the distinctive sound of all those groups.Though raised in Kells, County Meath, Tríona’s roots very much remain within the singing tradition of her parents’ birthplace, Rann Na Feirste, in North West Donegal. She was named as recipient of the TG4 2019 Gradam Cumadóir agus Comharcheoil / Musical Collaboration – Composition Award.
Jim Higgins is a long time teacher at Craiceann…in fact he didn’t miss one in the last 20 years! He is in high demand as a live and studio artist. Jim hails from Renmore in Galway. Born into a musical family, he went on to study music in University College Cork under Micheal O Suilleabhain amongst others. While in Cork, Jim caught ‘the bodhran bug’, playing alongside players such as Mel Mercier, Colm Murphy and Frank Torpey. He is an honorary member of the Donegal based traditional group ‘Altan’ having recorded and toured extensively with them for the last fifteen years from the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. He has recorded and performed with such luminaries as Paul Brady, Christy Moore, Liam O’Flynn, Donal Lunny, Bill Whelan, Martin O’Connor and Lunasa.