John has been a major figure in Irish music for almost 20 years. He is a composer, producer, arranger and established studio session musician of world renown, having recorded and performed with the likes of Sinead O Connor, Nanci Griffith, Gary Kemp,The Corrs and Clannad ñ gracing the latterís Grammy award winning album ëLandmarksí. A founder member of top traditional music bands Lunasa, Tamalin and Donal Lunnyís Coolfin in the 1990s, John has subsequently produced a string of critically acclaimed and innovative albums, both solo and collaborative and continues to push the boundaries of Irish music with his current bands,At First Light, The Olllam and Ulaid
Performing with John are:
Donal Lunny needs no introduction. He is an absolute legend and is popularly regarded as being central to the renaissance of Irish Music over the last four decades. Since the seventies Donal has been the driving force behind some of the most innovative bands to emerge from Ireland including The Bothy Band, Planxty and Moving Hearts.
Michael McGoldrick is another major influential figure in Irish music. He has been a member of groundbreaking bands such as L˙nasa, Flook, Caparcaille and more. As well as releasing innovative and critically acclaimed solo albums, he has contributed to countless albums by artists such as Kate Rusby, Sharon Shannon, Afro Celt Sound System, Eddi Reader, and many more and now tours the world as a member of Mark Knoflerís band.
Donal O’Connor multi-instrumentalist, Donal OíConnor has established himself as one of Irelandís leading producers. He has played and recorded with the likes of Liam OíMaonlaÌ, Moya Brennan, Donal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Steve Cooney, and many more. Having inherited a musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing, he has toured the world with a number of bands including L Lugh, At First Light, Ulaid, and the Gaelic song super group A StÛr Mo ChroÌ.
Tony Byrne is a guitarist much in demand. He has performed and recorded with many traditional artists including Julie Fowlis, Sharon Shannon, Dan˙, Paul Brady, Matt Molloy and At First Light and has also ventured beyond trad into other genres with the likes of Bela Fleck and Tommy Emmanuel. His versatility provides the group with a strong backbone.