New Fiddle Tutor
We are delighted to welcome Oisín Mac Diarmada on board as a fiddle tutor for the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School in July.
A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin & Royal Irish Academy of Music, Oisín Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle in Clare at a young age, over time developing a deep interest in the playing style of the Sligo region, having moved there at the age of 11. Founder of the internationally-renowned group Téada in 2001 with whom he has recorded a number of albums on the Gael Linn & Green Linnet labels, Oisín is also a regular solo performer. Performances have included appearing at specialist music festivals such as Masters of Tradition in West Cork, accompanying Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania and a guest solo appearance with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US. Described by The Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today” Oisín has toured frequently in recent years with noted singer/accordion-player Séamus Begley and his wife Samantha Harvey (piano/dance). Oisín was appointed Director of SCT, the Traditional Irish Music Examination System administered by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, during 2012, and has recently co-authored ‘Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook’ along with fellow-Sligo musician, Daithí Gormley. Teaching activity has included tutoring at University of Limerick, Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, Catskills Irish Arts Week in New York, O’Flaherty Retreat in Texas, Willie Clancy Summer School in Co. Clare, and South Sligo Summer School in Co. Sligo.
Key Musical Achievements – Co-Author of ‘Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook’, 2017 – Performed Charlie Lennon’s ‘Island Wedding’ suite w/ Téada guesting with Württenbergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Germany 2016 – Appointed Chief Examiner of SCT Irish Traditional Music Examination System – Founder of leading traditional band Téada (2001 – Present) – Producer of touring seasonal show ‘Irish Christmas in America’ for 14 years – Received funding award from Western Development Commission to produce Téada Yeats-themed show in 2015 – Performed Charlie Lennon’s ‘Island Wedding’ suite as fiddle soloist with Georgia Southern University Symphony Orchestra in the United States (2007) – Performed on President Mary McAleese Official Visit to Romania (2008) – Senior All Ireland Fiddle Champion 1998 – Presenter of ‘The Sligo Masters’ Documentary Film (2014) – Performed to 40,000 people on Téada Tour of Japan / Taiwan (2014) – First album commissioned by Cló Iar-Chonnacht label in 2000, including compositional work. – Regular Fiddle Tutor on University of Limerick Masters programme