Tim O'Shea, Killarney,Co. Kerry.
(Vocals, Guitar & bodhr‡n)
is from Killarney in the south west of Ireland. He has been working solo,
and in several bands since the late 1980's. Tim's repertoire draws
the dance music of his native Sliabh Luachra and West Kerry folk traditions
and the singing of Irish and Scottish performers like
Jimmy McCarthy, Paul Brady, Dick Gaughan and Andy M. Stewart.
Tim has toured the USA, Australia, New Zealand, & Europe. Since 1992, (20 years in 2011, see gigs & tours page for more), Tim has annually toured Germany with CIAR, GREEN LANE, and BRICêN. They played many Irish music festivals, and supported super folk band ALTAN twice and Dolores Keane (ex De Dannan), Sharon Shannon, De Dannan, Marie Breathnach (ex-Riverdance), Karan Casey (ex-Solas)
Dervishand Lunasa. In 1995 Tim guested on the second CD of Monks of the Screw (Sliabh Luachra traditional music group).
The launch of the new studio CD 'Lake of Learning' took place at the Gathering festival on Feb 29th 2004. The CD features four reed instruments uilleann pipes, accordion concertina and clarinet. Tim has two compositions, a song and an instrumental on this new CD and together with dance music from Sliabh Luachra and Co. Clare in the south west of Ireland this new Cd is the best one. So if its songs or tunes or solos you like there is something here for you. In the words of one reviewer, 'it's real music as it should be played - real music by real people' Irish Examiner 13/05/04.
In April 1999 Tim produced, arranged and featured on his first independent CD, "Fair Dawning - Tim O'Shea & Friends". Tim played with "The Spirit of Ireland", & "To Dance on the Moon " Irish music and dance shows at the newly opened National Events Centre in Killarney (Gleneagle Hotel), Ireland for the summer of 2000, 2001 & 2002. Tim has made several television & radio appearances at home & abroad. In 2004, he completing his second studio CD with tours of the USA, Germany, Holland & Northern Ireland.
Brendan emigrated to Chicago USA in 1987 and
returned to Ireland in 1992. In America, Brendan
rose in the Irish/American Folk/Rock music scene there with the
He wrote and recorded his debut Album
“More than this”.
He returned to the USA to live in 1997 and has written, recorded &
produced three Solo Folk /Acoustic Contemporary Folk CDs.
Irish music magazine
HotPress rated his release “Be Here
8 ½ out of 10
and XM Radio’s Mike Morrone called it one of his
records of the year.”
Brendan’s songs can also be heard in such films as
“BACKDRAFT” and the
Headlining his own shows in the United States and Europe, Brendan has
toured twice in Japan with the
Trinity Dance Troupe.
He also shared stages:
The Swell Season,
Elliott Smith, and
Interpol. Brendan and
friend Karl Geary (Sin-e) host a successful Sunday night concert
series in New York City, East Village.
Scratcher Sessions”, features musicians
from around the world. Brendan is currently, promoting his third full
length CD release
on his own label.
Tim O'Shea & Jeremy Spencer
O'Shea & Gerald Culhane play together locally at home and also
have toured Germany, Northern Ireland & the USA in 1999, 2000,
2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. They have been in the studio recording
tracks for Tim's second CD, which will be released in February
in 2004, tours of the USA and Germany as well as more studio recordings
Ger's earliest influences were from Joe Burke Galway, Donal De Barra Limerick and the great fiddler Andy McGann New York. Gerald's music is lively and full of energy, making it hard to stay in your seat. Aged only 18, Gerald was the senior All Ireland Accordion Champion in 1990. Ger and Tim combine the music styles of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway and Western Ireland.