Eamonn Cotter, from Kilmaley in Co. Clare.
He comes from a fine musical family. He plays flute and tin whistle and also a master teacher of these instruments.
Eamonn has played with St.Flannan's & the Tulla Ceili Bands and also toured with them.
Eamonn's solo CD. Traditional Music From Co.Clare.
Eamonn is renowned as very fine maker of the traditional concert wooden flute "Cotter Flutes"
See Eamonn play on youtube
Eamonn plays two hornpipes from 1996 video
Tom Cussen, plays tenor banjo and mandolin, originally from County Limerick, now a long time resident of Galway. As well as being The Band Leader, Tom is the maker of the renowned Clareen banjos. Tom and Tony have recorded an album together called "There is Always Room in Our House" featuring banjo and saxophone.
Clareen Banjos can be purchased on www.banjo.ie
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He is also an experienced recording engineer and has recorded and produced four albums with Shaskeen as well as many other bands and individuals.
Pat also presents a Folk programme on Clare FM. Local Radio
Geraldine Cotter, a native of Ennis, Co. Clare. Geraldine is a well-known teacher and performer on both the tin whistle and piano. She has published two best selling tutors; the first in 1983 for the tin whistle and in 1996 Seinn an Piano, the first of its kind for traditional piano. In 2002 she launched her first solo album Piano+ and in 2006 Rogha, a tune book with accompanying play-a-long CD. She has recorded on numerous CDs including with her brother Eamonn, Catherine McEvoy, Dympna O Sullivan, Peadar O’Loughlin, Maeve Donnelly, Mary MacNamara, Eileen O’Brien, Tom Cussen and Tony Howley. As well as with Shaskeen she has performed on stage with Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, John Carty, Patrick Ourceau, Joe Burke, Noel Hill, Tulla and Kilfenora Ceili Bands and Moving Cloud. She is currently a researcher, teacher and lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick.
Check Geraldine on youtube
Pat Brodrick, from Loughrea in County Galway.
He is the son of renowned flute players, Peter & Ethna Broderick. Pat has played the whistle since he was four years old, taking brief breaks to become a master piper on both the uileann pipes and the piob mór, graduating to Pipe Major in the Irish Army, in charge of the Pipe Band of the Western Command. During his career he has played with many groups including Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" , Shaskeen and featured in appearences with The Chieftains and others too numerous to mention.
His uncle Vincent was a well known musician and composer.
Check out Pat's album, "The Good Friday Session"
Patsy McDonaghPatsy McDonagh who plays accordeon, is playing in the band for the last 15 years comes from the Connemara Gaeltacht. Patsy has played with many bands and folk groups down through the years including the Corrib Ceili Band and Mulhaires Ceili Band. He has also toured many times in USA as well as Germany and France. Patsy is a selftaught musician and now spends a lot of time teaching music to young people.
In 1981 John bought his first bodhran and has continued to develop his styles and techniques ever since, winning six major bodhran titles in the meantime.
John has also developed a unique technique to his playing by attaching a block to his bodhran making a distinctive sound when playing. John has also recorded with many local and famous artists and has made a major contributation to the present Shaskeen album..
Tony Howley, from Aclare, Co. Sligo. He started playing the concert flute at 8 yrs and began to play the saxaphone at the age of 12 influenced by local talents Mike Marron, Martin Higgins and Mick Delahunty.
Tony played with J P Boland Band and went onto to play with Tommy Rowley Band travelling around the west of Ireland.
Tony went to London in 1957 and became a well-known figure in the Irish music scene playing with such notable musicians as Martin Burns (fiddle) Raymond Roland (accordion) and many, many more. Moved to
Manchester in 1965 Tony played with the late Desi Donnelly on the Irish traditional music scene there. He later formed his own band and is still playing the music scene in and around Manchester.
Tony & Tom recently released a very popular CD “There is always room in our house”
Tony guests with Shaskeen when possible.