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Photographs Dónal Ó Céilleachair

Painting Liam Holden

Rosie MacKenzie

Rosie has been a professional musician for over fifteen years touring and teaching extensively internationally. She first came onto the scene at age 11 as an original member of The Cottars. The group successfully recorded three full-length albums under Rounder Records, toured throughout North America, Europe and Japan, and shared the stage with The Chieftains, Elvis Costello, and Natalie MacMaster. The band earned themselves two East Coast Music Awards and performed at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out audience. 

Rosie’s album ‘Atlantic’ won ‘Instrumental Recording of the Year’ at the East Coast Music Awards 2018. Rosie released 'Atlantic' last fall with a launch in Canada at the Celtic Colours International Festival and in Dingle, Ireland. This is a collection of original songs and compositions. She released her first solo album in 2010 titled The MacKenzie Project. 

Recently Rosie recorded and performed with Glen Hansard and Brendan Begley including a performance in New York’s Town Hall and for the President of Ireland in County Kerry. She continues to tour with many well-known artists such as John McDermott, Nathan Rogers, and the Tom Fun Orchestra giving sold out performances and appearing at several major North American music festivals. 

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich
(Brendan Begley)

Breanndán (Brendan Begley) was born into a famous musical family and soaked up the music and song of West Kerry from an early age. Breanndán is a major figure in Irish traditional music and clearly states that “his music could not exist were it not for the mountains, seas and storms of his native Dingle Peninsula”.

He has four acclaimed solo albums to his name, as well as numerous recordings with the group ‘Boys of the Lough’ and ‘Beginish.’ He has guested with Glen Hansard and John Sheehan in the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Royal Albert Hall in London, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Conchúbhair Ó Beaglaoich

Conchúbhair is the youngest son of Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Born in West Kerry, Conchúbhair started playing the accordion at the age of 7, and the Uilleann Pipes at the age of 10. He has performed all over Ireland, Spain, and Estonia.

Liam Holden

Liam is an artist and musician who developed a love of the sea that has had a profound influence on his creative journey; the sea and the Naomhóg have become the primary subjects of his paintings over the past few years. Liam also learnt the craft of Naomhóg building, and with Danny Sheehy built the Naomhóig na Tinte (The Boat of Tents) for the voyage Camino de Santiago. 


Liam is an accomplished Bodhrán player.

Padraig O Duinnín

Padraig built his first West Kerry Naomhóg(a type of currach) in 1992 guided by master builders of this craft. In 1993 he completed a 19ft version in California and returned to Ireland to establish Meitheal Mara "work group of the sea". Aiming to build and research these exceptionally seaworthy unique indigenous craft.

He has constructed over 100 of these skin on frame boats, of which there are 11 different types. He has also built Naomhógs in France, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and in 1998 with students from St. Peter's High School in Cape Breton.

Gaelic is his first language and he has immersed himself in the culture and music of Ireland in particular as it relates to the sea. He scripted and presented a series "Muintir na Mara People of the Sea’ for 6 years that was presented by Tg4, Gaelic television.

Padraig sings in Irish Gaelic. 

Breandán Moriarty

(Breanndán Pháid Ó Muircheartaigh)

Breandán is a stonemason and folklorist from the Dingle Peninsula and a relative of renowned Irish poet and philosopher John Moriarty.

Kenneth MacKenzie

Kenneth is a piper and fiddler from Mabou, Cape Breton Island. He grew up in a Gaelic-speaking household and the Gaelic culture has been an integral part of his life from the early years. Having studied the pipes with Scott MacAulay at the College of Piping in Summerside, in Scotland, and at the Gaelic College over the years, his music is becoming well-known for its irresistible drive and lively, traditional feel.


Kenneth has recorded on several albums and in 2010, was the recipient of the Celtic Colours Driv’ers Award and released the album Pìob is Fidheall (Pipes and Fiddle) with older brother Angus, a well-known musician in Scotland. Kenneth’s music has taken him through Atlantic Canada, the US, Ireland, Scotland, the UK, and Central America. He currently resides in Mabou and works as an engineer.

Troy MacGillivray

Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivraydisplays intense commitment to the Celtic heritage he inherited from his Highland ancestors. His versatility has had him performing across Canada and the US and overseas from Switzerland to Australia. Troy’s first three albums – Eleven (2005), Boomerang (2003) and Musical Ties (2001) were each nominated for East Coast Music Awards. His fourth album, Live at The Music Room, won the 2008 ECMA Instrumental Recording of the Year and When Here Meets There, recorded with Shane Cook, was named 2009 ECMA Roots/Traditional Group Album of the Year.

The last few years have been incredibly busy ones for Troy MacGillivray. In 2004, he was the recipient of the “Auleen Theriault Young Tradition Award” from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Goderich, Ontario — an award given to an artist that shows outstanding talent and love for traditional and roots-based music. He embarked on an impressive Canadian tour in support of his independently-produced CD, Boomerang; recorded a television program for the Bravo Television Network and provided music for a CBS made-for-TV movie starring Jane Seymour. In 2005/2006, Troy made his first of many appearances at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland where he was chosen as the winner of the honourable “Danny Kyle Stage”. He also showcased at a number of prestigious events, including the East Coast Music Awards, Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Barbados Celtic Festival and the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival – not to mention a Dave Gunning tour of Western Canada, and numerous dances, concerts and ceilidhs throughout Canada and the United Kingdom The fast pace that is Troy MacGillivray continues!

From repeat appearances at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival to a tour in British Columbia to appearing at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championships to promotional tours in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston and Chicago, Troy continues to impress and amaze audiences around with world with his incredible array of talent. In between his busy touring scheduled, he also managed to complete the Applied Music Technology program at McKenzie College, studying recording engineering in 2006.

Kathleen MacInnes

Kathleen MacInnes was born and brought up on South Uist in a Gaelic speaking home, and has enjoyed an interesting career in television, as an actress, presenter and singer. Kathleen has been a regular guest on music programmes such as MacTV’s “Bard nan Orain”, BBC’s award-winning series “Aig Cridhe ar Ciuil” and Mike Alexander’s “Columba Sessions” where she sang alongside leading Scottish and Irish singers and musicians. Kathleen also took part in the concert “Flower of The West”, a tribute to Runrig brothers Calum and Ruaraidh MacDonald and Blas, as the support singer to Van Morrison. Kathleen has two albums to her credit. Her latest, Cille Bhrìde was released in 2012 while her debut album Summer Dawn was released in 2006.

Mary Jane Lamond

On Cape Breton Island, the rich heritage of the region’s Highland settlers was kept alive through music, songs, and stories. It was in Nova Scotia, while visiting her grandparents throughout her youth, that Mary Jane fell in love with Scottish Gaelic traditions and song. While enrolled in St. Francis Xavier University’s Celtic Studies program, Mary Jane released her first album, Bho Thir Nan Craobh, a collection of traditional material that introduced her unique singing voice and fiddler, Ashley MacIsaac.


She has continued to dedicate her musical career to the preservation of Scottish Gaelic songs and has garnered numerous JUNO and ECMA award nominations, critical acclaim, and a worldwide audience for her efforts. Mary Jane’s five solo recordings create a respectful and beautiful framework for ancient Gaelic songs and her spell binding performances make these selections truly come alive. Mary Jane’s latest recording, the award-winning album Seinn, is a duo project with long-time musical collaborator Wendy MacIsaac.